"Nicht einer, sondern zwei?"

Translation:Not one, but two?

April 6, 2013




April 6, 2013


Because it is something that has masculine gender

"Nicht einer (Spiegel), sondern zwei?"

September 23, 2013


Yes, why "einer" and not "eins"?

September 21, 2013


In German "eins" is the number only, "einer" is an indefinite pronoun that takes the place of a noun (here a masculine noun). http://www.canoo.net/inflection/einer:Pron:SG:Indef

So, you would count "eins, zwei, drei..." http://german.about.com/library/blmus_kinderPolizei.htm

If you are talking about a thing, but you need more than one, you could say "Nicht einer, sondern zwei".

There is also a noun form "der Einer". http://www.canoo.net/inflection/einer:N:M

Compare to the indefinite article (a, an): http://www.canoo.net/inflection/ein:Art:Indef:SG

May 28, 2016


so why not zweier?! plot twist just joking :v

October 17, 2016

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"Not one, rather two" is wrong, but it suggested "not one, but rather two." Don't "rather _" and "but rather _" mean the same thing?

March 17, 2016


Yes, here it is an indefinite pronoun, not an article nor a numeral.

April 6, 2013


why is that so?

August 25, 2013


The article is used only with a noun and the numeral is only used in counting. Scroll up for the forms. Or here is an alternate source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/einer

May 28, 2016


because it's indefinite, i must write "einer" but not "eine"?

April 20, 2014


Did you try "eine"? I think it depends on the previous sentences. Without context, shouldn't all three gender possibilities be accepted?

There does seem to be a bit of gender bias towards masculine when unknown: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_neutrality_in_languages_with_grammatical_gender#German

May 28, 2016


what if we write "Nicht einer, eher zwei"? Would that be the same?

June 18, 2013


Why is 'sondern' used here in this context, could 'aber' be used to the same extent?

October 7, 2013



I found that to be a helpful explanation. Basically sondern is used when you're saying 'not this but that' and aber is more for when you use 'but' like 'however.'

December 8, 2013


how can you infer that this is masculine? you mean in general?

March 1, 2016

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I think refusing to accept "Not one, rather two"... while accepting "Not one, but rather two" is silly. I'm native English speaker and in English those two sentences could well mean essentially the same thing. The requirement of "but" just seems silly.

July 11, 2016


OnkelD, I have submitted many similar comments to Duolingo in their "Report a problem" section. My comments there were not shared with the membership or fellow students. I can see that you have a higher multi-language capacity thank I do, congratulations on that. By your comment here, I can also see that you share my annoyance with Duolingo's seemingly capricious non-acceptance of sensible translations. Thanks.

July 18, 2016


why did we not altered "zwei", just like we did with "einer"? Both are indefinite pronoun, right?

August 18, 2016
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