If I have a main sentence like this:

Den Fehler zu ignorieren

and I want to connect another one with "und" in that way:

und xx zu löschen

Which pronoun fits best at the position of xx? Es or er (as the subjective is masculine)? Or maybe the article den (as the subject is masculine in accusative)?

  • "Den Fehler zu ignorieren und diesen zu löschen" is also a possibility. "Diesen" is a demonstrative pronoun, which function is to represent a noun.
    – Em1
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 15:07
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    I guess what you are looking for is "und ihn zu löschen", or, if there is nothing between the first and the second part, "und zu löschen". But, as @Takkat pointed out, you cannot delete an error, you can only delete an error message (eine Fehlermeldung). Commented May 9, 2014 at 22:01
  • Ein Hauptsatz kann meines Wissens alleine stehen, was für obigen Textschnipsel nicht zutrifft. Commented May 10, 2014 at 19:27
  • "Den Fehler zu ignorieren" is not a main sentence at all, it is just an infinitive group.
    – Phira
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 9:27

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i would simply write

"und zu löschen"

except you want to delete anything else like some data, the I would write:

"Den Fehler zu ignorieren und die Daten zu löschen"

If you really want to add a pronoun there, the best fit would probably be "ihn" but I think it's not really necessary

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I understand that there are better ways to write it but I couldn't really think of a better example that is necessary to keep the pronoun. I believe "ihn" was the answer I wanted. =) Commented May 9, 2014 at 14:50
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    Well, ihn is semantically wrong because you can't delete an error, even less after you ignored it (you could delete the error message however).
    – Takkat
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 18:39

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