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it would also be plural to say "ihr trinkt" (you (as in many people) are drinking). ich trinke - i drink du trinkst - you drink er / sie / es trinkt - he / she / it drinks wir trinken - we drink ihr trinkt - you drink sie trinken - they drink
and you can not say "the female drinks" because "female" is "weiblich" in german. "weiblich" is the attribute for being a woman.
I get that "der" is used for men and "die" for woman. But why "das" for water but "der" for apple?
In German, every noun has a gender (different from the gender of the object, if you're referring to a person), and you have to memorize which object takes what gender in the language, which will then tell you which article to use.
Neuter = das Feminine = die Masculine = der
Note: This is for the nominative case, so it will change when you learn the other cases later.
I'm a little confused on when 'trinkt' means 'drinks' and when it means 'is drinking'. I'm sure it's a conjugation, but can anyone help with that usage?
both are interchangeable, and in German the distinction simply isn't made, so you can translate it either way whenever.
how do i say "the woman drinks"?
The help on "trinkt" shows "are drinking" in plural. But when I entered "The women are drinking" then I got an error / wrong answer. Then how do we represent the plural over here ?
I tried the samething. If DIE is both for feminine and plural, how would I know if the phrase is refering to a single woman?
"die Frau" is "a woman" to make it "the women" it would be "die Frauen" Ja?
Also if it were plural, the verb would be "trinken" not "trinkt."
Why is Frau not considered a translation of lady in this sense? I responsed "A lady drinks," because "A woman drinks," sounded way too harsh to me. <.<