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"Die Gebäude sind groß."

Translation:The buildings are big.

August 13, 2015



Note that the singular form is not Gebaud. It is "das Gebäude"


What if it's written "Gebaeude sind gross"


If you don't have the umlauted ä, ö, or ü available, substitute ae, oe, or ue. I have seen samples of older style cursive manuscript wherein the letter 'e' is represented by a 'rune' of 2 short parallel strokes. In places we would today expect " over a vowel, the 2-stroke 'rune' follows the vowel. I'm guessing the strokes were moved over the affected vowel & changed to dots & die Umlautpunkte (the around-sound-[pen]pricks) became an "umlaut."


Does Gebäude really translate to building? If anything I thought it would be residences


I thought we previous learned der Bau as the building? Is this just a more formal way?


I think "das Gebäude" is the better/more common way of referring to a building, edifice, or structure, whereas "der Bau" is more like active construction or an architectural site. "Der Bau" is also refers to a burrow (i.e., for an animal) or (Umgangssprach) jail.

WRT the plural, per the Wiktionary:

Nowadays, the plural Bauten is used in sense 1, meaning "buildings", while the plural Baue is used for sense 3, meaning "burrows".

The whole thing reminds me of the witticism: "Why do we say we live in buildings? Aren't we really, for the most part, living in 'builts'?"


the plural is the same


Is "die gebaude sind hoch" also a proper thing to say?


"Die Gebäude sind hoch" means "the buildings are high (tall)." Which could be a proper thing to say, but might not be an accurate translation of "The buildings are big." (For example, warehouses are often massive, without being tall/high at all.)


There have been several hiccoughs in this section. For the sentence "Die Gebäude sind groß," I entered the answer "The buildings are big." Duo counted this as wrong and gave the correct answer as "The buildings are big." :-/

I did report this, but I thought I'd mention it here in case anyone else was having trouble.


Why is "The buildings are huge" not acceptable??


"Huge" is too far along the spectrum from "large".


You would use "riesig" for "huge". ("Riese" means "giant", by the way.)


Doesnt "groß" mean "great" as well?


Can mean it. But usually "great" in the sense of for example "great nation" is translated to "großartig" - "eine großartige Nation"


It accepted gebauwde but it seems wrong


That is wrong.

First, Gebäude--like all nouns in German--should be capitalized.

Second, a is not the same as ä, but die Eule is very forgiving (i.e., he ignores entirely) about the use of umlauts. (Well, not entirely. The feedback on any challenge will note "Pay attention to the accents.")

Third, die Eule is pretty forgiving about typos. So long as you're one or two letters off, if the mistake does not create another valid word, (e.g., "then" when you mean "they" or "lieben" when you mean "leben"), then you will usually be counted as correct (usually with a message in the feedback noting that you made a typo).


I tapped on the word Gebäude, because I was not sure whether it was singular or plural, and the result was "building" (singular in English ). Well, this is misleading. What is the singular form in German, please?



Das Gebäude.


Is there a different word for large? It was not accepted for groß.


"large" and "big" both translate to groß.

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