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"The cat is behind her."

Translation:Die Katze ist hinter ihr.

May 15, 2018



I am curious. "Hinter" is a two-way preposition, so the noun that follows should be either accusative or dative, depending on whether one is expressing movement. So would would be an example of a sentence that uses "hinter sie"?


Perhaps "Er geht hinter sie." The movement requiring the accusative case. But that is a guess on my part, based on what i have learned in this module. (MHalRZ)


Can a native German confirm this please?


Die Katze steht hinter ihr?


This implies the same meaning, but the Duolingo sentence specifically says "is" instead of "stands". Your sentence says "The cat STANDS behind her". This would be comprehended the same way, but it's just the verb that Duolingo asked for that matters here. Hope this helped!


Why is ihr here shouldn't there be ihnen since hinter is a 2 way preposition and it is in dative in this case?


It's the dative form of sie/she = ihr/her.

Ihnen would be for formal you, if capitalised I or, them, with a small i.


What about hinten?


Hinter is used in reference to something.

Sie ist hinter euch -- She is behind you

Ich steht hinter den Baum -- I am standing behind the tree

Hinten can be used by itself.

Du bist hinten -- You are at the back


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