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"Li alvenis tridek sekundojn pli frue ol mi."

Translation:He arrived thirty seconds earlier than I.

June 4, 2015



"I" needs to be "me" in this English sentence."

I don't think so. He arrived earlier than I arrived.

June 9, 2015


I just submitted two reports for this. I got confused because I think maybe they half corrected it? I wrote "He arrived thirty seconds earlier than I," and the answer was given as exactly that. Nevertheless, I got "almost right!" and the pop-up message that "I needs to be me."

So it looks like the answer is now correct (no idea if it always was or not), but the pop-up message is incorrect. (As Jantoki is no doubt aware, "He arrived earlier than me" is very commonly used these days, but is still considered technically incorrect according to grammar as taught in school.)

Sorry to the course moderators for the double report! It took me a minute to realize what was going on.

June 16, 2015


Yes, I did a double take, too, when the pop up told me that the "I" I had typed should be a "me" in English. Not grammatical English. He arrived earlier than I (did). It may not be common usage, but is correct.

June 23, 2015


"Earlier than I" is correct English. Finish the sentence- "Earlier than I [did]." You wouldn't say "earlier than me [did]."

July 13, 2019


Adam, Of course! However, Duolingo “likes” the “colloquial” ... “me!”

July 13, 2019


"She likes him more than I (like him)" = we both like him but she does more.

"She likes him more than (she likes) me" = she prefers him to me.

Allowing 'than me' for 'than I' would lead to ambiguities in sentences like the one above, when keeping it separate like this would avoid it.

May 28, 2016


Agreed, but here we find ourselves despite what would be logical. English, Isn't it grand!? lol

June 8, 2016


It still does this for me, so I reported it. "Me" is the objective pronoun, and "I" is subjective; the last word in this sentence is the subject of a verb, not the object, and thus should be "I".

February 18, 2016


'than' in English can now be used as a preposition, so "me" is grammatical too. Don't be an outdated prescriptivist.

April 6, 2017


Alas! It has finally been changed; we are victorious! Now to fix the thousands of other holes in this site…

July 1, 2015


I think you mean, at last :P

August 7, 2015


You're right. o.o

August 8, 2015


Jantoki, DL likes the colloquial "me." ( ! )

March 18, 2019


Is there a grammatical reason that "sekundojn" takes the accusative -n here? Is it effectively being used as an object? That wouldn't seem to make sense...

July 2, 2015


The accusative is also used to show direction and time;

"Li saltis malsupren." (He jumped down) "Li marŝis en la arbaron." (He walked into the forest) "Mi alvenos la 12-an de Decembro." (I will arrive on the 12th of December)

Hope this helps!

September 8, 2015


Thank you, Jantoki! So every time we talk about time, it takes the -n? Or are there also situations where this doesn't hold true?

September 10, 2015


Measurements of difference or quality can either be marked with "je" or "-n." English uses "by" or nothing.

By ten seconds she ran the fastest. Je dek sekundoj ŝi kuris plej rapide.

It is ten centimeters long. Ĝi estas dek centimetrojn longa.

September 12, 2016


From "fruh" in German?

And "früher" here

June 4, 2015


Congrats on that amazing streak!

January 6, 2016


Dankon! :)

January 6, 2016


Mi pensas jes. Frue, fenstero, kaj aliaj vortoj de la germana.

July 17, 2015


This should be "30 seconds earlier than I", me is accusative in English

October 25, 2017


As previous comments have mentioned, "than me" is by far more common in modern English, and "than I" sounds very odd/formal/outdated to most English speakers. English is not a prescriptive language, what's correct is determined by the consensus of its speakers, and therefore "me" is correct unless it's a situation that requires an unusual degree of formality.

January 19, 2018


Tardus, DL likes "me."

March 18, 2019


Also accepted: "He arrived thirty seconds before me."

October 4, 2016


Oh come on, "rules" be damned, people wouldn't normally put 'I' there.

April 11, 2017

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    People might not, but I would. However, I would always add the verb "did" because that poor old subject pronoun on its own invariably invites argument.

    December 4, 2017


    English plays fast and loose with whether pronouns should be accusative or not. For instance, "I did" is a lot less common than "me" to the question "Who did this?" Or "Who's there?" then "It's me: Jimmy."

    The rules, if they're to be right or meaningful, have to reflect the fact that those examples are normal English.

    December 5, 2017


    Rusty, In refined conversation I say, "than I." In slightly less refined conversation, I wincingly add "(than I) did." --in "street" sort of conversation ... "than me ( ! )"

    March 18, 2019



    June 15, 2016
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