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Keiner vs Niemand

what would the difference of keiner and Niemand be? are they used in different context?

September 15, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebas

They are mostly synonymous. "Niemand" is used exclusively for persons.

Here you cannot replace "keiner" with "niemand": "Keiner der Rasenmäher funktionierte."

"Keiner" can also be used in a relative context, whereas "niemand" is used only absolutely: "Keiner der beiden". Here "niemand" would be strange. But I think that even native speaxers would not notice this kind of nuance most of the time.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wthielke

Keiner is an adjective, used as a noun. Niemand is a pronoun. Depending on the context, both could be translated as "no one" in English. However, "keiner" derives from the adjective, meaning "no" or "not a" or "not one".

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