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Re: Mir ist kalt -- How to analyze this sentence?

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, June 18, 2007, 18:37
On 6/18/07, Carsten Becker <carbeck@...> wrote:
> The topic already says it all. How do I analyze the sentence > "Mir ist kalt"? That's German for "I feel cold", and breaks > down into 1sg.DAT is cold. But what is the subject in this > sentence? "Kalt", despite it's an adjective?
(I'd say "Despite _the fact that_ it's an adjective"... or possibly "Despite its being an adjective".) I imagine that a similar thing applies to sentences such as "Es sind Enten in unserem Teich". What's the subject there? "Es"? "Enten"? What about "Gestern waren Enten in unserem Teich"? Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>