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Passive Voice and the "False" Passive Pronoun man

The use of the pronoun man is much more frequent than its English counterpart "one": The English examples below sound a bit stilted, but the German equivalents are the common way to express these sentences.
  • One must be careful. (Man muss vorsichtig sein.)
  • One does not say that. (Man sagt das nicht.)
  • One buys newspapers at the kiosk. (Man kauft Zeitungen beim Kiosk.)

Sentences using the pronoun man are often interchangeable in meaning with the passive voice.

  • Das wird nicht gesagt.
  • Zeitungen werden beim Kiosk gekauft.


Übung 11-3a The following exercise will take a little practice to perform. Part "B" is on "Seite 11".