"Die Frau trinkt das Wasser."

Translation:The woman drinks the water.

January 14, 2013



Why is Apfel den and wasser das

May 9, 2014


So how do you determine whether it is neuter , feminine or masculine?

August 8, 2014


You have to memorize the genders.

August 19, 2014


Das is for neuter, die is for women and der is for man

November 27, 2014


You can find if you search, helpfull tables for this. You haven't to learn all substantives with genders with you learn the ruls.

February 12, 2015


it's confusing me as well!

August 6, 2014


Only "der" is changing in Akkusativ to den .."die" "das" stays normal

February 25, 2015


Apfel is used the in the Accusative case whilst wasser stays in the Nomiative

January 3, 2015


One is masculine the other is feminine or natural

October 3, 2014


this is bcz of noun

August 23, 2015


Acording to the grammer

February 17, 2015



January 31, 2015


I dont know

December 8, 2014


Okay, so the question we all are making here is basically: when do we know if it's feminine, masculine or neuter? And it's specially hard considering it doesn't follow a biological order. Though the same occurs in portuguese, we don't have the neuter gender, wich is what really confuses me. Help!

July 23, 2014


Honestly I don't think that there is a specific way of remembering, you just have to memorise it. Once you keep on using the words with the genders then eventually it will come naturally

September 22, 2014


There is no rule for that, you just have to learn the noun by its article

September 22, 2014


i remember my teacher telling me it becomes less easy. from what i have learned, there doesn't seemed to be a gender pattern like there is in say spanish. you have to memorize both the word and its article.

November 26, 2014


the feminine always finishes with -e exept for some 10 nouns

January 29, 2015


Memorise. Like in french. N9 logic

September 27, 2015


Why can't it be die Wasser in stead of das?

November 15, 2013


There are three noun genders in German- Neuter, feminine, and masculine. Wasser is a neuter noun, so its article will always be "das".

Not to confuse you but if Wasser was a countable noun (e.g. der Mann), when talked about in plural its article would change to "die" (which is not only for feminine but also for every plural), e.g.: die Männer.

November 15, 2013


Wasser is neutre

July 16, 2014


Because "die" is feminine.....whereas "das" is neuter. ...water is neutral therefore "das wasser"

December 1, 2014


Die is for feminine word. Water is neuter. So we use das. Get it ? :)

December 28, 2014


Can we translate it ' The woman drinks the water'?

January 2, 2014


Yes - 'trinkt' in this context translates to both 'is drinking' and 'drinks'.

January 2, 2014


Thanks:) So we don't distinguish 'is drinking' and 'drinks' in German?

January 2, 2014


Correct- this is true of all verbs in the present (perhaps there are exceptions, but I'm not aware of them).

'Ich renne' - 'I run' OR 'I am running'

'Wir spielen' - 'we play' OR 'we are playing'

And so on. German doesn't distinguish except through context, so you can use the one German phrase to represent either English phrase. Hope that helps. :)

January 2, 2014


Thank you sooo much! :)

January 18, 2014


Yes, so it just told me "The woman is drinking water" is incorrect...but it's not...

January 14, 2019


Why das? THe note says das is nominative. Isn't this water accusative?

March 14, 2013


Wasser is a neuter noun, so it is das in both nominative and accusative form.

March 30, 2013


why "Das Wasser" and "die milch" the two wards are Inanimate ؟؟؟!!!

February 12, 2014


Grammatical gender has nothing to do with biological gender in German. There is also no consideration for animacy - a word representing a biological entity can still take the neuter gender. 'Mädchen', the German word for 'girl', takes the neuter gender - 'das Mädchen'. Do not think of it as the entity's gender, but the word's gender.

February 12, 2014


Okay, I seem to be a bit confused, how come there is, 'Das Apfel', but 'Der Wasser'?

June 15, 2014


What is the difference between Du and Ihr bist and sind

September 24, 2014


Du is you (singular) used when you're talking to a person, while ihr is you (plural) used when you're talking to a group of people.

Bist and sind are both forms of the verb 'to be'. Bist is used for du (example: Du bist ein Mann - you are a man) and sind is used for wir(we), sie(they) and Sie(formal you), (example: Wir sind Männer - we are men).

September 24, 2014


so to be clear Die Frau trinkt das Wasser. The woman drinks the water. We don't just say the woman drinks water

November 26, 2014


In English, "The woman drinks the water." has a very different meaning from "The woman drinks water." The former implies that the water is special, unique in some way, the only water within the domain of discourse.

Auf Deutsch, "Die Frau trinkt das Wasser." also is different in meaning from "Die Frau trinkt Wasser. ", is it not? What is the difference? Or is the latter simply grammatically incorrect?


November 27, 2014


i suppose that makes sense

November 27, 2014


Why not den wasser?

Somebody said that if its accusative you should use den

January 8, 2015


That's true, but only of masculine nouns. For a masculine noun, such as ‘der Apfel’, ‘der’ becomes ‘den’ in the accusative. ‘Das Wasser’ is a neuter noun, and ‘das’ remains the same in both the nominative and the accusative.

January 8, 2015


Whats the difference in usage between trinkst and trinkt?

January 29, 2015


The trinke/trinkst changes as the subject does?

February 2, 2015


i said The women is drinking the water and it said the corret one was The women is drinking the water

March 7, 2015


the correct one was "the woman", and not "the women"

September 7, 2015


Are you a kind because i am

March 23, 2015


what makes something either " the woman drinks water," or "the woman is drinking water?"

April 20, 2015


Again I said it correctly but it asks me to repeat it

May 4, 2015


No matter how many times is say it right it says im wrong help

May 11, 2015


Why is it lady not woman?

May 22, 2015


this is wrong doukdlfh

July 18, 2015


Alot to understand

July 20, 2015



October 14, 2015



October 16, 2015


Why does it want me to translate "das" I mean, its still fine if I just translate it as "The woman drinks water"

February 2, 2016


Why even have different articles, though? Couldn't all Germans vote which one to pick, and afterwards, people would only say (e.g.) 'das Apfel, 'das Mädchen', 'das Wasser', etc? Seems a whole lot easier to foreigners, which can only be a good thing because more people will learn your country's language, giving it more global influence.

February 22, 2016


Good luck getting 95 million people to forego their innate language habits and one of the fundamental aspects of their language because of a vote. Hell, look at English - its spelling is ridiculous from an objective point of view in terms of how it relates to the sounds it represents. Yet, imagine trying to have a vote on not only whether to reform it in the first place (for the sake of people whose language it isn't), then having to agree on how the reforms should represent the language. And then imagine the fuss that would occur as people with a sentimental attachment to how their language is traditionally used (as many people tend to have with their language) refuse to take up the new conventions.

A spelling reform would drastically simplify one of the (perhaps the?) biggest headaches for foreign learners of English. But really, language belongs to its native speakers and molds to their tendencies.

It's really not that hard to get the hang of the articles anyway. Just keep at it. :P

February 22, 2016


So... Vanity over expedience. Story of humanity. -.-

I don't understand how grammatical gender evolved in the first place, though? If it's wholly arbitrary (as is the case for most things, such as apples), how did it come about? I suppose it's to do with Latin somehow, as Spanish is a Romance language...

February 24, 2016


Demands an unidiomatic translation. "The woman drinks the water"? No native speaker of English would ever say that. Boo.

March 8, 2016


Can we reorder the sentence to emphasize "das Wasser"? So it would look like: "Das Wasser trinkt die Frau."

Because I have seen some similar example regarding to the accusative case to emphasize the object receiving the action.

"Der Mann isst den Apfel." becomes "den Apfel isst der Mann.".

November 24, 2016


Shut it evreyone

December 6, 2016

May 29, 2017


The answer for it was "The woman is drinking water", so I typed that in, and it was like, "Wrong! The answer is 'The woman is drinking water'" How the heck was I wrong?!?!?!

July 14, 2017


Why is 'drinks' trinkt in this situation? Does it have anything to do with gender?

December 5, 2017


If you meant the change in ending... in this case -t, then it is due to the person/number of the subject-noun. "Die Frau" is third person/singular.

The conjugation of trinken in the present indicative are: Ich trinke, du trinkst, er/sie/es trinkt, wir trinken, ihr trinkt, sie/Sie trinken

December 5, 2017


I believe if the noun is masculine and is the subject in the sentence then we use "der", while if it is the object in the sentence (also called Akkusativ) then we use "den". Please correct me if I'm wrong.

January 4, 2018


I'm writing it right, but it says i'm wrong...

February 25, 2019


I want lingots. Please give me some.

March 4, 2019


Anybody know how the "r" in "Frau" should sound like?
When I hear it in the slow version, it sounds nonexisting, like "fow"

February 14, 2014


It should sound like the r in french language like "gh"

November 22, 2014


its silent

April 9, 2014


Its got a short roll fr ow

October 26, 2014


honestly das wasser is easier to remember it rhymes

April 9, 2014


Is there any difference between Die Frau trinkt das Wasser and Die Frau trinkt Wasser?

June 30, 2014


Yes. The difference is the same in English as in German: 'Die Frau trinkt Wasser' is a general statement, simply telling us that she drinks water at some time or another. 'Die Frau trinkt das Wasser' is more specific in scope - it tells us that she is drinking from a particular supply of water.

June 30, 2014



July 1, 2014


Super helpful, thanks

July 18, 2014



August 24, 2014


what is the difference between "trinkt" "trinkst" and "trinket"

July 18, 2014


ich trinke du trinkst er/sie/es trinkt wir trinken ihr trinkt sie/Sie trinken

August 24, 2014


Thanks to all

November 12, 2014


U use trinkt with :er es sie and trinkst with du

November 22, 2014


Das= neuter Die= feminine Der= masculine

December 28, 2014


it told me to suck it

October 16, 2015


What happands if your in germany and tou dont identify as girl or boy

March 4, 2016


Regardless of language, you're still wrong.

April 24, 2018


Why isn't it "den Wasser."? Can it be "den Wasser."?

September 12, 2013


Den is the Akkusativ case for male nouns, Der -> Den. Wasser is a neuter noun, which does not suffer any transformation in Akkusativ.

September 23, 2013


I enjoy the use of the word 'suffer' in this context. :P

October 7, 2013


Heh, it only gets harder from here :P

October 7, 2013


How can you tell if a noun is neuter, feminine, or masculine.

July 23, 2014


By rote memorization.. A tip would be, most nouns ending with e are feminine (die). But there are exceptions.

October 25, 2015


It says to type what i hear, but the correct answer was a translation.

December 23, 2014


what is the difference between das die der ... :(

August 24, 2014


Shut it

December 6, 2016


Achaouk das is for neuter nouns, der is for masculin, and die ist for feminine

September 22, 2014


Im confuse using trinkt and trinkst. Can someone make me more understand this :(

December 28, 2014


why trinkt here meant drinks why not is drinking???

January 4, 2015


Parineeta.. Both, present and present continuous, are denoted by trinkt in German..

October 25, 2015


Why not women? Instead of woman.

February 6, 2015


Bitte what is,the difference between Du and Ihr,sind and bist

September 24, 2014
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