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"Sie hat kein Bein."

March 15, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpotXSpot

Does this mean "she is missing a leg"? "She does not have a leg" and "she has no leg" both sound terribly awkward...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

It literally means 'She has no leg'. Note that the 'Sie' in German can refer to any feminine noun, e.g. 'die Kommode' - 'the chest (of drawers)'. So, we aren't necessarily dealing with a woman here (as the 'she' suggests). BTW: it actually would be more common to say 'Sie hat keine Beine'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dirron

Given that this whole section concerns 'words used in the medical domain such as various parts of the body', I think it's pretty obvious that a woman is being referred to here...

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