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Re: Test for middle voice?

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Sunday, November 20, 2005, 23:04

R A Brown <ray@...> writes:
>... > > What about 'Tea > > drinks more easily than water when you have a cold'? > > :-) > > Yes, indeed, although I have never heard that; but as we know from > the frequent YAEDTs, it would be a misguided to say that would never > occur in a language spoken over such a wide area as English > is. Could any Romance language (or German) use a reflexive in that > context (Tea drinks itself more easily....)?
Yes, that's one way to say it in German. It doesn't sound strange in any way: 'Tee trinkt sich leichter als Wasser, wenn man eine Erkältung hat.' I'd say it sounds a bit more formal than the slightly more common way to say it: 'Tee läßt sich leichter als Wasser trinken ...', i.e., using the auxiliary 'lassen'. **Henrik


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>