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Why the use of "Er" ?

Hello,Why this sentence uses "Er" instead of "Sie" ? "Er ist die Kathedrale von Wien". Kathedrale is feminine, so it uses "die ", "die Kathedrale". Because it is feminine, shouldn't this become "Sie ist die Kathedrale von Wien" because Sie is for feminine ....

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HappyEvilSlosh
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Is the specific name of the cathedral masculine?

i.e. "Das ist der Stephansdom".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimuza

Thank you. I got it. So in the sentence above it uses "er" because it points to Stephansdom, which is masculine

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyEvilSlosh
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With the disclaimer that I'm not a native German speaker; then that would be my guess, yes. :)

3 years ago

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Yes, that is correct. This sometimes also occurs when a word has a fixed grammatical gender, but can refer to both a male or a female, e.g. "die Person": "Er ist eine Person.".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexb528

Er means he, while sie means she.

3 years ago