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"Dein Leser ist eine gute Person."

Translation:Your reader is a good person.

April 2, 2013



It's hard to think what this sentence means. Are we talking to a blind person who has a "reader"? or is it more likely to an author being reassured by someone who knows his only reader? Is Leser a function particular to German culture?


'Reader' occurs in English. In community halls in Britain, people reading a statement on another's behalf are often referred to as 'readers'. I've heard this term used in religious contexts too. I'm sure there are other uses which I can't recall right now.


Yes. A reader in a school or a university is a kind of assistant teacher. Often an advanced foreign student in charge of speaking training with little groups of learners. Readers are more frequent in UK than in France (and in Germany ?). When the real teacher is not a native speaker (in France they nearly never are native speakers), having a reader i an opportunity to get today's street prononciation, current vocabulary... and some slang.


It's a common way an author addresses his or her readers of a book or article.


I am a German native speaker and I have several problems with this stupid, stupid, stupid sentence:

  • I am not an author, so I do not have any readers.
  • If I were an author, I would probably have more than one reader.
  • I have no idea what a gute Person is. You can say that somebody is ein guter Mensch, but eine gute Person doesn't make sense.

Ein Leser is simply somebody who reads / is reading. See the comment of gmbka.


What is a reader, by the way?


Ein Leser is anybody who reads. A reader. In some German books the author refers to "meine sehr geehrten Leser" in the preface.


Someone who reads a book for you? I really can not imagine, what it's meant to be...


No... You are a Leser when you read this answer for yourself.


A Reader in the UK is a senior academic, but apparently not a term used in German universities from what I can glean from the InterWeb..

Have to say that the whole academic section is a bit silly for British English as all the mapping is to the US system about which we are just as confused as the German system.


Die Aussprache von Person klingt sehr merkwürdig (als ob man französisch sprechen würde)...


Is "Leser" some kind of auxiliary teacher?


Theoretical question, if one were to use a relative pronoun after this sentence (which involves both masculine and feminine nouns for the same person), would you use "der" or "die"?


There are Leser and Leserinnen. Der Leser, plural die Leser. The relative pronoun would be "der" for the former and "die" for the latter. As for the Leserin, "die" is right for singular and plural.


So the gender prescribed to the specific person in "Leser" trumps the gender of "Person"? Or the gender of the subject trumps the subject complement? If "Person" was the only word given, would it automatically take "die" as its relative pronoun?


No, the pronoun follows the article of the word. Die Person, die diese Frage gestellt hat, lernt intensiv deutsch. Der Mensch, der diese ..., das Kind, das im Garten spielt, ist meine Tochter.


But if I stuck a relative clause at the end instead of in the middle, I would still choose the first noun as my reference, right?

"Dein Leser ist eine Gute Person, der schnell lernt."


"Deine Leserin ist eine Gute Person, die schnell lernt."

...are correct but below is incorrect?

"Dein Leser ist eine Gute Person, die schnell lernt."

(Or is that particular syntax not possible for all of them?)


Dein Leser ist eine gute Person DIE schnell lernt. Refers to die Person.

The syntax is okay.

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    I'm not sure if this applies anywhere outside my school, but my English teachers have sometimes called the person that helps them with grading essays their "reader."


    One more inapropriate sentence.

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