"What is bigger than the tallest mountain?"

Translation:Was ist größer als der höchste Berg?

December 23, 2012

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Is it fine to use "tall" for mountains in English?


Technically mountains are 'high' measured from sea level or 'tall' measured from their surroundings but most people use 'high' in both cases I think.


Wow, thanks for the information! Never heard about that. I thought "tall" was used for people only.


Tall can normally used for trees and buildings too.


Yes, it's fine. And actually "tall" is used just as often as "high" when describing mountains. They're perfectly interchangeable.


As an American that lived most of my life in "The Mountains" I've never heard anyone refer to mountains as "tall." I notice that "Tall" is usually reserved for things whose height is significantly greater than its base or width, thus it calls attention to the vertical dimension. Thus trees, buildings, and people (especially with lanky builds) are normally/always called "tall" and mountains are called "high." If a person or building is also of a wide or thick build we just call it "big" -calling attention to no particular dimension...


I agree. I have never heard of "tall" mountains, probably for the reason you stated, although I suppose if someone said it I would not be too worried about it. [Australian]


To my ears high mountains are much more common, and growing up on Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand, I've had my fare share of high mountains. But a tall mountain doesn't sound completely wrong, just uncommon. Perhaps if one was being dramatic/poetic and particularly referencing a mountain that you you have interacted with, it might work. "This sure is a tall mountain that we picked to climb"


Probably down to slenderness ratio then. :)


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als + infinitive? It is der Berg in infinitive, right?


I think only verbs have infinitive forms. Do you mean the uninflected nominative form? And I think als doesn't change anything, so you are right...it is Der Berg


Yep, sorry, I meant nominative :) Tnx


At first I believed "Was" to be the subject and "Berg" the direct object. Now I'm having doubts because "der" is used instead of "den." Anyone know what's up?


If you want "der hochste" why do you have as the top suggestion "am hochsten"?

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Exactly. How am i to learn when you dock a heart when I'm trying to give the answer you specify?


Sadly true, she is...


Why is it höchtse Berg?


It is "der höchste Berg."

the adjective "hoch" is not regular in the comparative.

  • hoch
  • höher
  • am höchsten

and it is also unregulare in this dircetion:

  • ein hoher Baum. der hohe Baum. Der Baum ist hoch.
  • eine hohe Tanne. die hohe Tanne. Die Tanne ist hoch.
  • ein hohes Gebäude. das hohe Gebäude. Das Gebäude ist hoch.


höchste is the superlative of hoch with weak inflection because there is the definite article der before it.


when does one use als and when is wie the correct form?

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English is not my native language, but i've never heard such sentence in english yet.


Why ist it not "höchsten" for "tallest"? Danke.

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