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"Du bist ein Kind."

Translation:You are a child.

October 15, 2015



du bist means (you are)


Yeah, in addition, it's the informal singular.


What is the difference ein and eine


Ein is masculine, while eine is feminine.


"Ein" is also used for neuter: ein Kind, ein Messer.


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How do you tell the difference of ein (male) and ein (neuter)?


There is no difference -- the two look, sound, and smell the same.

Usually, you don't have to tell the difference anyway, since nearly always, only one gender will make sense -- and where it could make a difference (e.g. ein Tor, ein Laster), context will usually make it clear which meaning is meant -- just as with nouns that have more than one meaning but the same gender, or like someone who needs to buy "a new pen" in English: if it's a farmer whose pig just broke out of its enclosure, you'll understand it differently from if it's a schoolchild who can't write any more.


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That gave me so much help! Thanks!


The neuter generally ends with -chen. This could be one way to tell the difference.


That's not true. Most neuter nouns do not end in "-chen".
Only the other way round it's correct: [almost] all nouns ending in "-chen" are neuter.


only a starter but i seem to have read that the genders in german aren't like in English or let say french or spanish ie a woman and a girl aren't treated the same Eine frau, Ein madchen! got to get used to!


Also eine is plural


No, it isn't - there is no plural indefinite article in German similar to "unos, unas" in Spanish.


lt only works with "die" (plural the). So, indeterminate is just without an article (e.g. Männer, Frauen, Kinder, etc)


German does have a negative indefinite plural article, e.g. keine Männer.


ein is used for grammatically masculine nouns (ein Mann "a man", ein Löffel "a spoon") as well as for grammatically neuter nouns (ein Kind "a child", ein Mädchen "a girl", ein Messer "a knife").

eine is used for grammatically feminine nouns (eine Frau "a woman", eine Gabel "a fork").

Note that all nouns have a grammatical gender, not just ones referring to humans, animals, or other living creatures (e.g. "fork" is feminine, "spoon" is masculine), and that grammatical gender and natural gender do not always match (e.g. Mädchen "girl" is grammatically neuter, Person "person" or Geisel "hostage" are grammatically feminine even if the person is male).

Also, those are the forms used in the nominative case, used e.g. for the subject of a sentence or coming after "du bist/ihr seid/er ist/...".

In other cases (e.g. the accusative for a direct object), the forms can change - but Duo will teach that when they come up.


Ein is used for the male gender and Eine is used for the female gender.( generally)


Not generally, it further depends on the case.


Thanks for the information ☺


ein is masculine and eine is feminine


Ein gos with der and das, and eine goes with die


Eine is just for woman and ein is for Girl boy and man


Ein is male amd nueter while eine is female


... in nominative case. Note that there are three other cases.


ein is used for Masculine and Neuter whereas eine us used for Feminine


The first is for masculine and the second is for feminine.


Ein used for male and neutrals and eine used for females


ein for masculine eine for feminine for example ein mann
eine frau


Ein for boy but eine for girl


Not true! The German word for girl, "Mädchen", is neuter, hence "ein" is used (in nominative case), not "eine".


Yeah you are true


Ein is musculine, so like man or boy. Eine is feminine so like woman


Copy of my comment from 2 weeks ago, just below your comment:
Not true! The German word for girl, "Mädchen", is neuter, hence "ein" is used (in nominative case), not "eine".


Ein is used for 'boy' Eine for 'girl'


That is wrong. The most common word for "a girl" in German is ein Mädchen, which uses ein, for grammatical reasons -- the choice is related to the gender of the word, not to the sex (or gender) of the thing which the word describes.


Unless referring to a person's gender. For example, if you're talking to a female teacher, you'd address her as die Lehrerin as opposed to der Lehrer, the male equivalent.


I understand the main reasons for most of the uses of the word"the" but why so manyyy


It's just the way German, and many other languages work. There are quite a few other languages that specify words based on gender.


When you say du in german is it (duh) or (uh)?

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    Say the English word "do". And that's it!


    More or less. The English "do" is halfway between the German du and dü (but most Germans dispute tis becaus the are taught that they are the same in school).

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      Oh, okay. I see; personally I would round my lips like when whistling.


      Why kind should be capitalized?


      All nouns are capitalized in German.


      Philip Newton! Your explanations are very helpful. I am fluent in Arabic, English and Urdu. I'm trying to learn German now a days. Looking forward to get a lot of help from you in that.


      Thanks so much Philip Newton, :-)


      In the spirit of experimentation, I answered "Thou art a child." Now, the second person singular pronoun and verb form are archaic in English, and used typically only in religious contexts, but very strictly speaking are not incorrect ... (?)


      Possibly. But "thou art" and "he hath" and the like are not accepted, since they are - as you said - not the natural way to express this for most native English speakers. Please use standard written (modern) English, with neither "thou art" nor "I'mma".


      It's not incorrect if you're speaking Early Modern English from 500 years ago. So, what is your point?


      the point is that this course only accepts english as its spoken now not how it was 500 years ago


      Is "bist du ein Kind?" grammatically correct


      Yes (if you capitalised the first letter of the sentence).


      Why is Kind capitalized?


      Because it is a noun. All nouns are capitalised in German.

      This is mentioned in the tips and notes for the very first unit... if you haven't been reading the tips and notes, I recommend that you start doing so.

      For most users, they're only available on the website https://www.duolingo.com/ , not in any mobile app. Select a unit, then click on the little lightbulb icon in the window that pops up:


      How do you say 'Are you a child?'


      In this case, it's the same as in English:

      The statement has the verb in the second place, after the subject: Du bist ein Kind. "You are a child."

      The yes/no question has the verb at the beginning: Bist du ein Kind? "Are you a child?"


      You are a kid is not wrong either


      What the difference of du and dich?


      Roughly the same as between "I" and "me" or "we" and "us" -- du is the nominative form, used for the subject of a verb and dich is the accusative form, used for the object of a verb or after some prepositions.


      The hard D on kind is pronounced like "dt"


      Is sie you or she? Also what is the difference between lebe and leben?


      Is sie you or she?

      Lowercase sie can be "she - her - they - them".

      Uppercase Sie is the formal "you".

      (When it's the first word of a sentence, you can't tell the difference between sie and Sie, of course.)

      what is the difference between lebe and leben?

      Different forms of the same verb.

      • ich lebe
      • du lebst
      • er/sie/es lebt
      • wir leben
      • ihr lebt
      • sie/Sie leben

      Those verb endings are regular and you should be prepared to recognise them on any verb.


      Oh ok. and these are only for verbs right?


      these are only for verbs right?



      is it any different between child and kid? if it isn't I can answer it by either child/kid


      "kid" is more informal, colloquial. It is not completely equivalent to "child".


      So, I make my point.. I can use both child or kid, even child is more preferable


      Yes. Both will be accepted.


      It imply boy or kid


      This sentence has two meanings: you are a kid___ you have a kid Am I right?


      No. It only means "You are a child", not "You have a child".


      What is the most accurate translation and why?


      Du bist ein Kind = "You are a child".

      I'd say that's the most accurate translation. It's the only one that comes to my mind - I'm not sure which, of any, "less accurate" but still valid translations you might be thinking of.

      This is a fairly simple sentence and maps very straightforwardly to English:

      • du = you (when speaking to one person whom you know well)
      • bist = are (verb form for du)
      • ein = a(n)
      • Kind = child


      du bist ein kind = you are a child ihr seid ein kind = you are a child whats the difference in usage?


      du bist ein Kind = you are a child. You would use this form when you are talking to one young person (or one person whom you know well) and saying that that person is a child.

      ihr seid ein Kind = you are a child. You would use this form when you are talking to several young people (or several people whom you know well) and saying that all those people together are one child.

      ihr seid ein Kind doesn't make sense, because several people together cannot be one child.

      Very theoretically, Ihr seid ein Kind could also be used if you are speaking to one person who is part of a royal family, and you are saying that this royal person is a child.

      But in practice, this use of Ihr for politeness is pretty much extinct nowadays.


      The usage of ein is just because kid is neuter or masculine..can someone help me!!


      It is because the German word Kind is grammatically neuter.

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        What is the German word for "it"?


        Basically es.

        But depending on the grammatical gender of the thing you are talking about, it can also be er or sie.

        For example, Was macht der Hund? Er schläft. Was macht die Katze? Sie trinkt. Das macht das Pferd? Es frisst. "What is the dog doing? It's sleeping. What is the cat doing? It's drinking. What is the horse doing? It's eating."


        Did someone else writed "you ate a child"? :))


        While er ist and er isst sound the same, du bist "you are" and du isst "you eat" sound different, so no confusion should be possible.


        Whats the difference between "du bist" and "sie sind"?


        du bist is "you are" when you are talking to one person whom you know well.

        ihr seid is "you are" when you are talking to several people whom you know well.

        Sie sind (with capital Sie) is "you are" when you are speaking formally or politely, to a person or people whom you do not know well. (No difference between one person or many people here.)

        sie sind is "they are".


        Why do you use bist? Can someone explain it as simple as possible?


        You have to use bist because the subject is du.

        A bit like in English -- if you use "I", you have to say "am"; you cannot say "I is" or "I are".

        Similarly, if you use du then the verb form will be bist -- du bist = you are (when you are speaking to one person).


        i said u are a child but it said it was wrong


        Yes, that is indeed wrong.

        Please use standard written English on the Duolingo course, where the pronoun "I" is capitalised and the pronoun "you" is spelled with three letters, not just one.


        Is it oksy to replace child with kid?


        Im saying the right thing but it says every word is wrong.


        There seems to be a glitch in the spoken German. In one iteration, the speaker pronounces it correctly, "kint," but when I select the word from the options, it pronounces it like English "kind," i.e., "kynd" or "kaind."


        Im write the You are a child ,but why i get fals ?


        bro i literally wrote (you are a child) how it's saying i'm wrong


        I entered the same thing with a space at the end and it failed.


        I tap, du bist eine kind... they write me wrong answer


        That is incorrect because 'Kind' is a neuter noun. Therefore, we use 'ein' not 'eine'


        My speaker doesnt work and im saying the words right.


        So kind cant translate to "Kid" ? I mean i am TECHNICALLY correct lol


        I love this feedback! It so possitive and uplifting. We arr learning something new! A new language, so are children again:)


        That "kAJnd" is so wrong.


        The pronounciation of the word Kind as a separate word is wrong in this app, because it should not be said as "kind" in english. But when in sentence it is correct here. So, correction needed!!!


        Why is it so picky between "child" and "kid"


        If you have a question about a sentence being rejected, please always quote your entire sentence.

        Very often, the mistake is not in the word you think it is.


        sounds like ❤❤❤❤


        like you could do any better


        Speaking option isn't functioning. States that didn't sound right, before I've even made a noise!


        Pronunciation of "Kind".

        The pronunciation of the word in a sentence and the pronunciation of it by itself are different.


        My speakers don't work so dulingo cant hear me ita un fair


        no sound on app and website


        I wrote you are child and the correct answer was also you are a child but it's showing it's wrong. Please check


        I wrote you are child and the correct answer was also you are a child

        Yes. The correct answer is "you are a child" -- four words.

        So if you wrote "you are child" (three words), then that's wrong -- the "a" is missing. "You are child" is not a correct English sentence.


        Huh, 'Kind' sounds like 'kid'.... this will be easy to remember!


        Is a kid not a child


        Why is it not are you a child ?


        Why is it not are you a child ?

        Because it doesn't say Bist du ein Kind?.


        Sie sind--you are Or Du bist--you are ?? confused


        Sie sind--you are Or Du bist--you are ?


        Also ihr seid -- you are.

        Please see the comment thread started by nick208842.


        Is there any diference in using Child or Kid for the translation?.

        Du bist ein Kind = You are a child = You are a Kid


        I feel as if "You are a kid" should also be correct.


        Ich bin, du bist, er/sie/es ist, wir sind, ihr seid, sie sind.


        Can anybody tell me what to use with the word girl? In German


        Can anybody tell me what to use with the word girl in german


        Helpful hint: Der is for Men and Boys


        Can some one help me what is the different about this word? Ein and Eine I don't get it?


        I was trying to correct a spelling and you mark me wrong, happens too often


        Isn't "bist" used for "have" and also for "are"


        bist basically means "(you) are".


        What is the difference between "du'', "die" and "das"?


        du means "you" when talking to one person whom you know well.

        der, die, das mean "the"; which one to use depends on the gender of the noun (masculine, feminine, or neuter), e.g. das Messer "the knife", die Gabel "the fork", der Löffel "the spoon".


        I can't tell the difference between the words. do you know any tips to help?


        "Bist" means "have"too...but it said "wrong" "rrrrrrrrrrrr!"


        It does not mean "have". You might think that because some German verbs use a form of "sein" for forming the Perfekt (most use a form of "haben", though), while the English present perfect uses a form of "to have".


        No :)

        ein Kind, because Kind is grammatically neuter, whether the child is male or female.


        Why does the kind sound like kindt


        Because of a phenomenon called Auslautverhärtung (final consonant devoicing) -- sounds at the end of a word are devoiced and so final -b -d -g sound like -p -t -k.

        Thus, for example, Tod and tot sound identical, and Kind sounds like Kint.


        I got it right And other questions too but it says incorrect


        just tell me the difference between eine and ein?


        ein = masculine words eine = feminine words


        "ein" is also used for neuter words such as "ein Kind".


        Why is kind capitalized?


        Because all nouns are capitalised in German.


        Is Du pronounced as ''Duu ' or as 'uu'


        You also pronounce the "D".


        Pronounce it like the English word, do.


        Is bist for singular and sind for plural?


        Not quite.

        bist is specifically for du (you, informal, singular), while sind is for wir (we), sie (they), and Sie (you, formal).

        ihr (you, informal, plural) uses seid, for example, and ich (I) uses bin.


        • ich bin
        • du bist
        • er, sie, es ist
        • wir sind
        • ihr seid
        • sie sind; Sie sind


        The app shows that "du" means you/your and "bist" means are/have. So why can't the sentence be - "You have a kid." ?


        Because not every hint is valid in every sentence.

        bist = "have" works in cases such as the past tense which is sometimes formed with "to be" in German but always with "to have" in English, e.g. du bist gekommen = "you have come".

        But that "equivalence" does not work when the verb has its full meaning.


        Why is Kind (child) capitalized? Is there any hard and fast rule why certain words like Kind are treated as proper nouns?


        Oh yes: the hard and fast rule is that all nouns in German are capitalized.


        That is true, although pronouns can sometimes be confusing because they are not capitalized. Words like "ich", "er", "es", and so on are not capitalized (unless they are at the very beginning of the sentence), which sometimes confuses people. Also words used as placeholders, like "diese" to refer to "these".


        The pronoun "Sie" is, however, capitalised when it refers to "you", and the pronouns "Du" and "Ihr" may optionally be capitalised (for politeness) in letters and such.


        is german like spanish where some masculine and feminine words have different endings?


        Similar, yes - adjectives, articles, possessives etc. take different endings according to gender, number, and case of the noun they modify, if they are before the noun.

        However, adjectives after "to be", near the end of the sentence, do not -- unlike Spanish.

        So you have:

        • der große Mann, ein großer Mann = the big man, a big man
        • die große Frau, eine große Frau = the big woman, a big woman
        • das große Kind, ein großes Kind = the big child, a big child

        with endings but

        • der Mann ist groß = the man is big
        • die Frau ist groß = the woman is big
        • das Kind ist groß = the child is big

        without endings.


        ein is a feminine noun


        "ein" is not a noun, it's an indefinite article. And "ein" can't be used for feminine nouns.

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