https://www.duolingo.com/Luiseadh

Nominative vs Dative

The sentence Meinem Mädchen ist nicht schlecht - surely 'my girl' is the subject of the sentence so should be nominative not dative - this would make it Mein Mädchen (or am I missing something here?)

June 28, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Darien

Yes, you are, and so are words that are IMPLIED in the sentence. If it were written as "Bei meinem Mädchen ist es nicht schlecht" you can see that the girl is NOT the subject of the sentence but rather the indirect object of IT (the state of being not bad). You see it all the time in the phrase "Wie geht es Ihnen?" where the "bei" is left out.

June 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Luiseadh

Thanks, Darien. I suppose when I'm learning I'm not satisfied with just knowing it is, I like to to know why it is as well. Perhaps a hint for future development of Duolingo could be to give explanations of constructions like this.

June 29, 2012
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