Relative Pronouns

Moderator: kevin

Posts: 22
Joined: 2016-12-09, 19:48
Real Name: David Simpson
Gender: male

Relative Pronouns

Postby Macnerd » 2018-08-31, 15:11

How does German translate the English "whoever", "whomever" & "whosever"? Does it use the definite article for those as well? I know that it uses the definite article for "who", "whom" & "whose".

User avatar
Posts: 22759
Joined: 2009-08-25, 15:11
Real Name: Da
Location: Chicago
Country: US United States (United States)

Re: Relative Pronouns

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-01, 16:49

It's false to say that it "uses the definite article". It uses a definite relative pronoun that shares several forms with the definite article. But "denen" and "dessen" never occur as forms of the definite article.

Similarly, the indefinite relative pronoun shares most forms with "wer". To emphasise it's indefiniteness, you can follow it with "(auch) immer". E.g. "Wen auch immer Sie sahen, er war nicht ich."
"Richmond is a real scholar; Owen just learns languages because he can't bear not to know what other people are saying."--Margaret Lattimore on her two sons

Return to “German (Deutsch)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest