Translation:No, she does not want a different one.
I'm not sure why it can't also be "No, she doesn't want another".
Duo does this all the time, but in the same lesson it had "einen anderen" and required the translation of another rather than a different.
I reported this to be a correct translation, would anyone with more knowledge like to disagree?
I would say that "another" is ambiguos, see also here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/another
If I don't misunderstand it, "another" can mean "one more" as well as "a different one", whereas "einen anderen"/"ein anderer" can only be understood as "a different one", never as "one more".
To give a stupid example of the German usage:
- Bringen Sie mir ein anderes Bier = Bring me a different beer (, 'cause this one is bad...).
- Bringen Sie mir ein weiteres Bier/Bringen Sie mir noch ein Bier = Bring me another/one more beer(, I liked this one!).
I'm not sure if one could actually use "another" for the first example, but I think there are examples where "another" could mean both, like in "Come another time", that I would understand as "Don't come now" or "Come back later", depending on the situation. Any English native who could confirm (or deny) this?
@Max.Em As a native English speaker I would say that you CAN say 'another one' in both instances but to imply 'different/not the same' you may also employ a different tone AND the circumstance of the conversation would also dictate whether 'another' as 'different' would be understood.
Yes, you're right about English. That's why this particular sentence is confusing to translate. "No, she wants another one" could mean either 'No, she wants one more' OR 'No, she wants a different one'. I think it's confusing because of the "no" at the beginning of the sentence. If the 'no' weren't there, "another one" would tend to mean 'one more'. IMHO, anyway.
Yes, they have different meanings. "Another" implies something the same. "Different" implies something not the same. Sometimes "another" can mean "different" with extra meaning, but you'd recognize that by context. Example: "I want another flavour of ice cream," refers to a different flavour, not the same flavour; but it also implies an addition to the current flavour, rather than a switch of flavour.
But his argument isn't 'another one' being accepted, his argument is that simply 'another' should be accepted.
I would concur with his argument though. I translated the sentence to mean the EXACT same thing. I even pondered whether I should put 'Another one' as it seemed vaguely implied but since 'No, she doesn't want another' seemed perfectly grammatical to me I didn't add it.
In a German declarative sentence, the finite verb always stands in the second position. Here, we have an inverse declarative sentence, i.e. object and subject have changed position in order to put emphasis on the object:
nein = interjection in position 0
einen anderen = direct object in first position
will = finite verb in second position
sie = subject in third position
nicht = negation of entire sentence (verb) in ultimate position
Right, right. Sorry I'm still getting used to looking at cases as markers for objects and subjects (and indirect objects). Up until recently I just thought of them as merely "things to be followed in order to not get in trouble with the grammar police."
To double-check and hopefully answer Rhiannon's question: so einen's and den's mark things as objects when used with masculine nouns and such...basically just look for the N in order to find the object, look for M's to find indirect objects (dative cases, like einem, dem, and zum).
To quickly remember the in/definite articles of accusative I made a mnemonic based off the last letters in order of masc. fem. neut. & plural (definite articles going first.) "Nese nen" Similarly for dative I think of "mermen merm" (as in: "mermen gonna merm, what can you do?"). After that I tell myself someone "Accused" Nesse (the loch ness monster) of stealing something (about three fiddy). And that someone would "date" mermen...if they liked the ocean...
There are two parts to this German to English translation for consideration. In German (guided by my German-speaking husband), "eine andere" means "different one" while "noch eine" means an "additional one". German has two ways to say two different things. The ambiguity comes in the English part, where "another" can mean both "different one" and "additional one". "I want another cookie (of the same kind)." and "I want another cookie (of a different kind, pointing to the chocolate chip instead of the raisin cookies)." Duo provides us with "Nein, einen anderen will sie nicht." in this order to stress that A DIFFERENT one is not what she wants. If Duo wanted to stress that SHE is the important element in the sentence, the word order would be "Nein, sie will einen anderen nicht." See quis_lib_duo's lovely explanation.
There are many possible word orders. You can identify which element is which by looking at their case, not their position. The position is only used for emphasizing particular elements, usually by moving them to the front.
Unfortunaltely, in this sentence there has to be another change when changing word order, because negation is done differently:
The most common word order would be
"Sie will keinen anderen". Here the subject comes first, then the verb (always in second position), then the object. Since the sentence has an indefinite accusative object, negation is done using "kein".
You can move the object to the front, if you want to particulatly emphasize it. The object is "another one" ("einen anderen"). The verb sstays in position two, the subject therefore has to move further to the back, and negation is done using "nicht":
"Einen anderen will sie nicht".
I can understand that the variation in negation is difficult, but the word order is not weird at all.
Something else is rather "etwas anderes". I think using "a different one" or "einen anderen" we're talking about a specific object or type, like "einen anderen Mantel"/"a different coat", (or a person, "einen anderen Mann"), while something/etwas is more generic, it could be anything, no just a different copy or sample of the same type.