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"Eine Schule ist ein Gebäude."

Translation:A school is a building.

October 9, 2015



What is the Difference between "Bau" and "Gebaude?"

October 9, 2015


(das) Gebäude = Building (Please put the dots on the a, it makes a difference to meaning as well as pronunciation. If you can't find the ä on your keyboard, use "ae", that is the accepted alternative).

(der) Bau = Building works (I.e. an unfinished building that is still in the process of going up). Bau also means "warren", as in where rabbits, badgers, groundhogs etc. live.

October 9, 2015


Thanks for using the word "warren," I had never heard it before and was confused because all I could think of was the politician.

February 6, 2016


In the U.S. we use the word den more often than the word warren

December 2, 2019



October 23, 2015



December 10, 2018


How is the dipthong "äu" pronounced? I can't tell if they are saying "eye" or "oy/oi" in "Gebäude."

November 22, 2015


It's pronounced 'oy'.

November 22, 2015


school isnt building school is a ❤❤❤❤ (:

June 23, 2017


Why is it ein Gebaeude and not einen?

January 21, 2016


Two reasons.

First, Gebäude is a neuter word (das Gebäude), so in the nominative AND the accusative case it will be "ein Gebäude".

Second, even if Gebäude were masculine, it would still be 'ein' as the verb 'sein' (to be - sind, ist, seid, bin) equates two equal things, so the case stays nominative for both sides. Therefore Gebäude is in nominative case.

Hope this helps!

January 28, 2016


what's the difference between eine and ein?

December 5, 2016


eine is for femenine words, ein for masculine and neutral

January 4, 2017


Eine is also for plural words

August 22, 2019


Eine is also for plural words


German does not have a (positive) indefinite article for the plural -- there is no unos like in Spanish.

August 23, 2019


Can a native German comment whether this is true in German. Does the word "Schule" refer to the school building, rather than school as a concept?

November 17, 2017


It can refer to both.

Ich gehe noch zur Schule "I still go to school" means that you're a schoolchild -- here Schule is a concept.

Die Schule ist abgebrannt "The school has burned down" refers to the building

And something like die Wiener Schule "the Viennese School" would refer to a kind of movement rather than a literal school.

November 8, 2018


What are the phonotactic rules that dictate when to spell a noun with äu vs eu?

November 19, 2018


It’s etymology, not phonotactics. A bit like “ee” versus “ea” in English.

Gebäude is related to bauen and so has äu.

November 20, 2018


"ein Gebäude" Sir, Gebäude is plural then how and why ein is used. we can use eine Gebäude.

July 16, 2019


Gebäude is plural

It has the same form in singular and plural.

das Gebäude = the building

ein Gebäude = a building

die Gebäude = the buildings

we can use eine Gebäude.

No -- Gebäude is neuter but eine is feminine.

There is no plural form of ein in German.

July 16, 2019


Thank you Sir

July 16, 2019


Not really. A school can convene in a building, but the school is not the building.

December 2, 2019


So gebauede is the same plural and singular?

June 28, 2016


That is correct.

ein Gebäude, zwei Gebäude "one building, two buildings"

November 8, 2018


Can "Gebaude" mean an isnstitution?

August 2, 2016

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    No it means "building", i.e. a physical construction.

    August 2, 2016


    Eine Schule ist mehr als ein Gebäude, gel?

    March 7, 2017


    They said the answer is one school is one building. We in America would say one school in the building. You can have a huge building and part of it can be a school. This is a confusing sentence.

    January 24, 2018


    Does it really matter if i chose lower case a instead of uppercase A, like for ❤❤❤❤ sake

    February 14, 2016


    I shouldn't think so, I mean for ❤❤❤❤'s sake

    February 20, 2016
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