I guess "Der" is for male words, "Die" for female words, and "Das" for neuter words? Is it right? If it's right why we say "Das Mädchen" instead of "Die Mädchen"??? Can anyone help please?
It's funny, I'm from Slovakia and we also use the neuter for the girl. Easier for me ^^
Yes right, As you said.. Der --> masculine Die --> feminine Das --> neuter But the i read that "die" is used for all the plural words.. all of it masculine or feminine
Hi, because she's just a little girl. It's neutral. There are many legacies in the German language.
Because Mädchen is neuter word in germany I saw it as a note on duolingo lessons
yes it is it gets confusing because like you say die is feminine and it also is plural. And Das is for both genders. Sorry it is confusing
Wrong. Die is for words which are feminine, das is for neuter, and der is for masculine. And the gender is assigned to the word and not to the object.
the translation for "die Frau" is not precisely "wife", the precise translation for wife is "Ehefrau". so this may be confusing.
'Frau' is commonly used to mean wife though. BOTH 'sie ist meine Frau' and 'sie ist meine Ehefrau' = 'she is my wife'.
Would "The woman eats an apple" be translated "Die Frau isst ein Apfel" or "Die Frau isst einen Apfel"?
Dredgo: No, 'einen' is just the accusative form of 'ein'. Depending on whether the following noun (in an equivalent English sentence) starts with a vowel, the two German words can both be 'an' or 'a'.
Verbs take different forms depending on the subject, a bit like how it's "I am" and "you are" and "he is"... it's not always "is" or always "am".
Are you using a mobile app to learn? Those do not provide access to the tips and notes that explain German grammar. I would recommend that you use the Duolingo website instead.
Have a look at the tips and notes for the "Animals" skill: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Animals-1
That shows the conjugation of the verb essen "to eat".
Isst = used with "du" meaning "is eating" or "eats".
essen = infinitive form meaning "to eat". Also used with "wir" (we), "sie" (they - but not she), and Sie (you formal, plural and singular) meaning "are eating" or "eats".
I'm interested in knowing how to translate "The woman is eating" versus "The woman eats" - can anyone offer any insight?
Both sentences translate to "Die Frau isst." in German. If you must emphasize the difference, you would have to use more words, for example "Die Frau isst regelmässig." (regularly) and "Die Frau isst in diesem Moment" (at this moment).
I keep putting the Women eats. And I'm English. I know perfectly well that it means one woman, and I am English. Whoops
It is acceptable except you need to capitalize "The" at the beginning of the sentence.
it can't understand what i say, don't have any problem with my mic cause i can record the voice on my pc but the site doesn't hear my voice.....does anyone know somthg?
Why not ''das Frau isst''? How I'm supposed to know when to use ''das'' or die''??
What is the difference in pronunciation between "Die Frau ist" and "Die Frau isst"? Thanks
Because the sentence is using a definite article and not an indefinite article.
Die Frau comes from Fraulein which the Germans stopped using around 2001-2002, in German class they mentioned the Die Frau is for general females who we are talking about. The Woman, or meine Frau means girlfriend or wife and there are a few other words used for that title but Germans have a tougher time translating our words because they do have multiple meanings! I'd say "Die Frau isst" by itself should mean "the woman is eating" because everyone eats and unless you specify a particular food, we would thing that sentence is continuous!
Is there any way to distinguish the present from the present continuous except for the context? Like, "Die Frau isst" apparently can mean both "The woman eats" and "The woman is eating."
It said i was wrong cuz i said women instead of woman but I am little and I spell it women
Why is it that it is die frau isst and not die frau essen when essen is used to refer to first person?
Essen is not used with first person singular; however, it is used with first person plural.
Your machine is broken. I have typed the correct answer in at least 10 times.
I don't understand why this action is continuous? Die=the . frau=woman . isst=eat. But how it became is eating???
I took german in high school and i'm pretty sure "eat" was "essen" not "isst"
ORLY? Did you not learn about verbs and how they change?
Yes, you are right. "Eat" is "essen" in the infinitive form. "Isst" is the form in the present. "Sie isst einen Apfel" "She eats an apple"