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"Sie mag ihren Teller."

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Duolingo says that "Sie mag ihren Teller" = "She likes her plate." Shouldn't it be "She likes her plates" if "ihren" is used?

July 22, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jola123

The accusative case singular of "ihr" is "ihren". It's a little tricky in German. If you wanted to say "She likes her plates" you'd have to say "Sie mag ihre Teller".

July 22, 2012

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No! Because it is a direct object.

July 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/choseh
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Who the hell picks those german phrases? Nobody would ever state that they like their plate. "Oh what a great plate i have here!" I think it should say "She likes her dish." Implying she likes that specific "preparation of food".

http://dict.leo.org/?search=dish

July 23, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Jola123

@choseh: Why shouldn't you say this? It's the same as "He likes his car."

July 23, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/choseh
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@Jola123 I still think it's related to the actual food. There's rare cases in which plate refers to the food aswell. It might just be some sort of mixup. Whatever ;)

July 23, 2012

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