Ich bin ein Berliner

AAllan at AOL.COM AAllan at AOL.COM
Thu Jun 1 20:59:06 UTC 2000

<< German does not use indefinite articles before professions, nationalities,
or cities of origin: Ich bin Professor; Ich bin Amerikaner; Ich bin
Hamburger; etc. Using indefinite articles in these types of constructions
is a common mistake of English speakers learning German. >>

I remember that rule too. But Reinhold Aman's article, extensively
documented, says that "ein" is an allowable variant. I hope Jerry finds the
citation soon. - Allan Metcalf

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