"Sandwich" can be neuter or masculine (less common). If you assume it's masculine, "einen Käsesandwich" is fine.
How come is the mouse isn't eating "einen Käsesandwich"? My logic tells me that the Käsesandwich is masculine and that it is in the Akkusativ case here. Could someone please tell me where am I going wrong here? Thanks!
I did the same mistake in another lesson. I learnt that sandwich is a neuter and also masculine noun so I always assumed that both are correct and einen Sandwich is fine. Some German speakers have never even heard that sandwich is also a masculine noun. In principle, it should be only neuter because how can something be neuter and masculine too. So I suppose we are always on the safe side as learners, assuming that sandwich is a neuter noun.
It's not completely unheard of that a noun has more than one gender. Usually, it's a regional thing. For instance, a lot of people in Southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland say "das E-Mail", but in Northern Germany you'll only ever hear "die E-Mail". Sometimes, it's completely personal preference. For instance, the gender of "Nutella" (the hazelnut chocolate spread) is a matter of great debate.
The Nutella example is a particularly interesting one, since here in the South-West most people use 'die Nutella' when speaking standard German but switch to 'der Nutella' when using the local vernacular (which I won't reproduce here ;-) ).
In school, we were taught ¸Käsebrot", which is always neuter. Has that term fallen out of usage?
"Käsebrot" is fine and very much alive. But it doesn't mean the same thing as 'Käsesandwich'.
Usually, it's just a buttered slice of bread topped with cheese (and other stuff), not baked.
The terminology is a bit confusing. ;) Perhaps you're thinking of "Käsebrötchen"? Here's a more detailed breakdown:
- a buttered slice of bread topped with cheese (and other stuff)
- bread that has cheese baked into it (not a common thing over here)
- a bread roll that has cheese baked on top of it
- a buttered bread roll topped with cheese (and other stuff), also called "belegtes Brötchen mit Käse"
@christian: Great answer! Have 5 lingots. [I would have given you 10 if I wouldn't feel so hungry now :) ]
Weird; when I lived in Heidelberg, they sold it at the market labeled as such and it was baked. Perhaps it just varies then.
Ah, yeah, Kasebrotchen is what I'm thinking; I think that we just got lazy after a while and mucked it up.