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"Who is walking with her?"

Translation:Wer geht mit ihr?

April 17, 2013



When did we learn "with her" = "ihr"?


After "mit" the pronouns take the dative case, which in the case of "sie" (she) is "ihr". Careful though, because for the formal you and they ("Sie"/"sie") it's "Ihnen"/"ihnen".


why does "mit wem läuft sie?" not work as a possible translation?


It reverses who is walking with whom. "Mit wem läuft sie?" means "with whom is she walking?" "Wer geht mit ihr?" means "Who is walking with her?"

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    Similar to the question you just answered, why does, "Wer läuft mit sie," not work? Why must it be 'ihr' rather than 'sie'?


    Because "sie" is nominative (it is the subject of the sentence) and "ihr" is (in your example) dative (it shows the indirect object of the sentence).

    The prepositions aus, außer, bei, entgegen, mit, nach, seit, von, zu, and gegenüber require dative case. So when "mit" refers to "her" then you use the dative pronoun "ihr" instead of the nominative pronounce "sie".

    It sounds difficult, but we do the same in English. "Who is walking with she?" is also wrong, and "Who is walking with her?" is correct. Note that sie/she and ihr/her are cognate.


    I found this really helpful. Thanks.


    I don't think the difficulty is that there is a nominative and dative form, the difficulty comes from the fact that words like sie and ihr have several meanings and it trips English speakers up. But this response is great. Thank you.


    walk is spazieren. I wrote spazieren, it wasn't good, go is gehen. Last question, last heart, silly program mistake


    I said "läufen" but the app heard it as "spazieren" for some reason, and gave me credit for it.


    why not "Wer geht zu Fuß mit ihr?"


    I don't understand why Duolingo says that the answer needs a "zu" ("wer zu läuft mit ihr?"). Why?


    So, it should be dative after "mit"? How should i know it? At first, i did not study dative lessons at all yet, at second, i have made couple of lessons with "mit uns" and "mit euch", and was absolutely sure, that "mit" is used with accusative.


    "Mit"is always used with the dative, never with accusative.


    I don't remember ever seeing the word spazieren...


    It means "to walk" or "to stroll", but is pretty rarely heard outside of "spazieren gehen".


    How about "Wer zu Läuft...". It makes no sense, according to what we've learnt up to now. This use of "zu" and "laufen" or "Lauf??" is unknown.


    What about "Wer zu Läuft"? Läuft isn't a word (although "Lauf" is a track or course, maybe a "run"). What you wrote might mean something like "who to he runs" and is gibberish. "Wer läuft mit ihr?" would be an alternate to "Wer geht mit ihr?"


    What is "Zu"? Up to this point I don't remember seeing it! Is it slang for something?


    German prepositions don't always map cleanly to English ones, but "zu" pretty much means "to".

    NINJA EDIT: although, one travels "zum Bahn" (by train), "zum Fuß" (on/by foot), "zum Auto" (by car), etc. "Zum" is a contraction of zu + der.


    Will there be exercises practicing contractions? I want to understand this concept better, by the tipp notes only give a chart of contractions. I want to also understand their usage better.


    Why doesn't ''Womit sie lauft?'' not working?


    Three reasons:

    1. You misspelled "läuft".
    2. The verb must be inverted. You would have to say "Womit läuft sir?"
    3. "Womit" means "with what" or "by which" and isn't appropriate as a relative pronoun in guys context to refer to someone who is running "next to" or "with"someone.


    when do we use "ihrem"


    "ihrem" is the masculine and neuter pronoun for dative case (direct object).


    How about "schlendert" in place of "spaziert"?


    Why is it not ihre?


    Can anyone explain the point of the "zu" in "wer zu läuft mit ihr"?


    How do we know it is geht, and not any of the other options?


    What if the order is changed? "Wer mit ihr geht?"

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