I have been wondering how to translate the sentence

The man is very handsome, as is his brother

to German. Specifically the part I have trouble with is the 'as is'. So far I have written

(a) 'Der Mann ist sehr gutaussehend, sein Bruder ebenso' or

(b) 'Der Mann is sehr gutaussehend, ebenso wie sein Bruder'

but I am not sure if either one is totally correct. Should the 'ebenso' be elsewhere?

Thank you very much for your help with this basic question! And apologies if I have made any English mistakes.

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    Your translations are both perfectly fine. I just wonder if this is a translation request and you question will be closed soon.
    – Olafant
    Commented May 6, 2022 at 23:41

2 Answers 2


Your translations are ok, but the first thing that came to my mind was

genau wie sein Bruder

This sounds even somewhat more natural and less stilted than "ebenso".

Another alternative would be

und sein Bruder auch

  • Can one say: //Der Mann ist sehr gutaussehend, so ist sein Bruder.// ? Commented May 7, 2022 at 2:24
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    @KeNSmilePachI: No, because in German, "so" does not have a meaning like "the same way". Your sentence sounds like "The man is handsome, that's the way his brother is." This explicitly excludes any notion of "and" or "too", and therefore sounds as if the speaker were confused about whether they are talking about "the man" or "his brother". Commented May 7, 2022 at 8:25
  • Thank you very much and I appreciate the suggestions for something that sounds more natural.
    – volperossa
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 19:01

Your translation variants are correct. Here are two more suggestions:

Der Mann ist sehr gutaussehend, so wie sein Bruder.

Der Mann ist sehr gutaussehend, wie sein Bruder.

  • Is "ist" dropped at the end of your second example?? //Der Mann ist sehr gutaussehend, wie sein Bruder ist.// Commented May 7, 2022 at 2:23
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    @KeNSmilePachI that would be incorrect. Commented May 7, 2022 at 7:17
  • @KeNSmilePachI Yes, it is omitted.
    – Paul Frost
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 8:21

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