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Snowy_Flake

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About Snowy_Flake

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    Portuguese
  • Native tongue
    German
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    English, Spanish, Romanian
  1. First of all, thanks for taking the time for dealing with this question and your suggestions. As a clarification though: The sentence is a shortened quote from an Inaugural Speech by Abraham Lincoln and used as motto on a local hospital here. So it's not really about me trying to make this sentence sound nice, but more about trying to understand the grammar behind it, or, analyze if the shortened form introduced a grammatical dilemma. The original sentence (if you google it) makes perfect sense, but the sentence as quoted above, left me with some questions. So the idea was to try to find out i
  2. Thanks @Baburra for answering, I know the question might be a little odd. The thing is, it DOES SOUND correct to me, too but a friend actually raised the issue, and now I am confused. Let's say you have a sentence like: It is he, who should vote. It's pretty straight forward, as "he" is the subject and therefore it goes perfectly with the "who". As however in the example I have "him" is an indirect object, does it still stay "who"? I mean, obviously the sentence structure as it is, is a bit archaic, so I was also wondering if it might have been correct at one point but now isn't any more
  3. If you actually want to do the translation yourself, I recommend a good online dictionary. My personal favorite is leo.org - it is VERY accurate (unlike Google) and it also has a forum where you can find a lot of questions answered outside the regular translations (great if you're looking for idiomatic expressions or slang). If you sign up you can ask specific questions about certain words or phrases and users are usually very helpful. Disfruta!
  4. Hello linguaholics! I have a rather special question about English grammar for you, I hope somebody can help! Here is the question: Which personal pronoun do you have to use in the following sentence (I have marked the pronoun in question in bold letters)? It is our duty to care for him who has suffered. So basically, if you have an INDIRECT object that happens to be a pronoun followed by a relative clause, which pronoun do I have to use in the case of a single male person? He? Him? Or is the sentence construction impossible altogether? I am looking forward to your answers!
  5. This is a fun thread, although not sure how helpful in general, but I guess if somebody is looking for these specific phrases in ANY language, here might be a good thread to find them :-) GERMAN Good afternoon: Guten Abend! Where do you live?: Wo wohnst du? (infm) / Wo wohnen Sie? (formal) What is your nationality?: Aus welchem Land kommst du? / Aus welchem Land kommen Sie? What is your job? Was machst du beruflich? Was machen Sie beruflich?
  6. Hi everybody! I am brand new to this forum, but excited to have found more "linguaholics" out there :-) I just recently started learning Portuguese, so far only at home, through the Pimsleur software. Does anybody here know it? What is your experience with it? So far, I have to say that I am really happy with it, at least as far as the speaking goes. Finally, I feel like I am actually learning phrases people say and that I will use a lot. However, when it comes to writing I am not very convinced. The program is mostly audio and based on listening comprehension and repeating. So even if I know
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