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"Kühen" and "Tieren" are only used in dative case.
The verb to be (in this case the plural form "sind") is used for various purposes, but if you are trying to express an equality between two things (something is something - cows are animals) then both subject and object need to be in the same, nominative case.
Kühe (nominative form) sind Tiere (nominative form).
Hope this helps!
Here you can see an interesting observation: "Tier" is pronounced "Ti-er" [tiːɐ̯], while "Tiere" is analyzed as "Tie-re" [ˈtiːʀə].
The slow pronunciation hasn't been working for me, like nothing happens when i click it. Anyone else experience this?
When she says the sentence fast, the /z/ from 'sind' merges into 'kühe' because of coarticulation. That's my theory anyway :)
How the plural of "Tier" is "Tiere"? Doesn't this contradict with the Tips and Notes of the lesson, which says that: There is no change for neuter or masculine nouns that have any of these singular endings: -chen, -lein, -el, or -er? Now isn't the word "Tier neuter and ends with -er?
But it doesn't. The |e| is just an orthographic convention, not part of an ending. It's really just Tīr, and |ie| is how they generally write that long I sound. It's not like Zimmer.
Aha okay thanks. Do you think it's easy to recognize that case in other words or will I have trouble distinguishing the difference?