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Habe ich viele Fehler gefunden?

dmlyd382

Why are all the "it" references in the Neuter (es) when they should clearly be in the Masculine - männlich (er, ihn, oder ihm) or the the Feminine - weiblich (sie oder ihr)?  Case in point,  in Einheit 3.1, Auf der Autobahn, Paul sagt, "Der BMW ...". Nik sagt, "Ja, ich sehe Ihn.  Der ist schnell."  But in Einheit 9.1, Letztes Wochenende, Matthias sagt, "Ich war mit einer Freundin im Kino."  Sandra sagt,  "War es ein guter Film?"  Is this wrong or not?  If it is, then you need to find someone to "scrub" all the lessons  in Rocket German to correct this mistake.  This is just one example, but there are many more throughout Level 1 and possibly the other 2 Levels.  If it is not a mistake, how do I know when to use "es" and not the others?  Also, if it is, why didn´t the "Muttersprachler" pick it up.

Paul-Weber

Hi there,

Both options are correct. For the BMW sentence, I personally would also have chosen 'der' and 'ihn' over es. 'Es' is not incorrect but considering that Paul starts of with "Der BMW.." and the car was being driven by a person in that moment 'der' and 'ihn' seems a better fit. "Das Kino" is already neutral gender so it is not a good example. 
"Ich war mit einer Freundin im Kino. Wir haben Keinohrhasen geschaut.  Sandra fragt,  "War es gut?"

Lieben Gruß

Paul





 

dmlyd382

Paul:

You possibly misunderstood me or I misunderstood the action being described.  Up above when I was referring to what Sandra said, "War es ein guter Film?", I thought she was referring to "der Film".   Shouldn't she have said, "War  er ein guter Film?" 

Danke.

Tschüss!

Dennis

Byron-K21

That's always bothered me too.  There are numerous examples where it seems the pronoun is wrong.

Paul-Weber

Hi there,

"Er" suggests we are talking about a male person and not a thing. It is more clear when you use "es". "Was it a good movie" ="War es ein guter Film?" is correct. It is also convenient to use "es" when it is unclear what article the noun follows.
I remember me and Byron had a lot of discussions about "der Koffer". I wagely remember a sentence like "Habe sie ihn gesehen. I personally choose "es". 

Paul

 

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