Is the word "net" needed in this construction? How does it alter the meaning from saying "Hij is zo oud als ik" ?
Would "he is not as old as me" be "hij is niet zo oud als ik"? Because I can see so much confusion arising from that for me...
It would have to be 'He is not as old as I (am)', (not me), because the 'am' is understood. To be sure, using 'me' in this way is a common error.
Is it only me or do you also hear another letter in front of "net" with this new male voice in slow repetition? Something like 'inet' or 'enet'
Yes, on the slow pronunciation there is a sound before net that shouldn't be there. So for the pronunciation of net it's best to go with the normal speed.
I get that too. I also hear an s or z sound before the 'als' at normal speed, as if the speaker said something like 'zoals'. Is that just me?
It only works when there's a verb after mij. In English we can similarly say: "She's nicer than I am". Otherwise, subject pronouns are at the end of such comparative sentences.
I'm not so sure I get what you mean... could you give me an example both in Dutch and in English?
I think "mij/me" can only be object nouns in Dutch - just the way "me"in English. Anyone any idea?
"me" is not correct in this case... it should be "I" ("as I am", not "as me am")
Basically it means the same, but exactly would be precies and not net. However, 'as old as I' is certainly correct, even more so than 'as old as me', which is colloquial.
As old as me is more commonly said in the US because it sounds less formal, but I'm not assuming that the translators here are aware of that, given the general tin ear in Dutch Duolingo for idiomatic English.
In German we have the saying "Papier ist geduldig". Just because an expression has become common does not make it acceptable in cultivated society. Yes, one would be understood, but it is not the language one would desire to use in educated circles.
Sure, there is discussion about it. Though Duolingo is not the place to have that discussion.
PS Talking about educated people / circles.
- http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-stephen-hawking-video-at-davos-2015-1?international=true=US=T (I looked up the video for you: https://youtu.be/5tL5BROVi8w).