"Entweder ich oder sie"
In English, it's considered proper to always place the first person referent last in a pair or series--"either she or I," "either her or me," "Bozo, James, Grumpy, and me." Does German have a similar practice, or is this order considered acceptable?
Yes, it's the same in German. There's even a proverb about that: "Der Esel nennt sich immer zuerst." (Only an ass (the animal) mentions himself first.).
That's a good question. I'd like to know as well, I'll ask my German friends.
That is interesting, I have been speaking English for 35 yrs (native) and have never heard of putting first person last. I love the German proverb about it! :)
Is it just me, or the proposed English sentence is wrong? first person singular and third person singular need to be in the same case, and here that would be nominative...
I do agree. I mean there is no context which suggests that they should be in the accusative case.
However there's no context that suggest it should be in a nominative case either:). So both should work.
This is highly disputed.
It should be just as accepted as "either me or her" (which itself isn't strictly correct). Since Duolingo accepts "either me or her," your answer should also be accepted. I submitted a correction some time after you posted your comments and they accepted it, so your answer may or may not be accepted now.
Why not "Either me or you?" Actually "Sie" is the polite address for "you," not "sie," but that distinction hasn't been made here, at least not yet.
yea, I will admit I never really learned English grammar so I'll take your word for it! thanks