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"The yes"

January 14, 2013

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/rodgersmc

I can think of philosophical examples from existentialism and phenomenology... "The 'yes' which precedes all thought, all action..." or something like that.

January 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/robertwalser

Translate "The yes" into English please. Hmm. "Das ja" was accepted but I'm not really sure what that phrase means in English or German.

January 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Who knows?
- "Do you want me to hit the "yes" button or the "no" button?"
- "The yes."

January 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pkubl

That would be referring to the gender of button, so I'm still unsure. I know they use articles more, but maybe it's obscure.

January 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/colondee

I think it's to do with votes, perhaps abetter translation would be aye, yea or yay

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

"Ja" as a noun, is neuter. "Das Ja".
http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/deutsch-englisch/Ja.html

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Goodoldays

Do most words not normally used as nouns have neuter case, like yes?

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/otherberlingirl

This is a weird translation-- as a native English speaker, I would never refer to 'yes' with the article 'the' unless a word followed it, like Hohenems suggested.

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/NosAstra

It's just as weird in German.

April 6, 2013
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