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"It is a woman."

Translation:Es ist eine Frau.

January 27, 2013



why "es"? why not "sie"?


Because the sentence you are translating is using "It" = "es", not "She" = "sie"


yes but why we use the it for a feminine?


Pretend you see something in the dark and ask 'What is it?' and the answer is 'It is a woman!'. Obviously if you knew it was a women then referring to her as an 'it' would be insulting. These are practice phrases though.


Duo accepted my answer of sie, as in, Sie ist eine Frau.


I keep getting "es" and "er" confused. Can they both mean "it?"


( Er ) means ( He ) .................................. ( Es ) means ( It ) ...........


Technically yes. Correct me if I am wrong but in English he/she always refer to a person (or at least a living thing). In German it only depends on the gender of the noun it replaces. For example:

The chair is blue -- It is blue.

Der Stuhl ist blau -- Er ist blau.

The girl is blond -- She is blond (could you use it here?)

Das Mädchen ist blond -- Es ist blond.

Most of the time persons are er/sie (Mädchen is an exception), but objects are not exclusively it. That sometimes creates amusement among my naitve-English friends when I personify a chair ;-)


Er and sie can also mean it just like your exempels here.


Why is es an acceptable answer, then, if Frau is feminine?


es is kind of a joker pronoun. Quote from http://www.canoo.net/services/OnlineGrammar/InflectionRules/FRegeln-P/Pron-es.html?lang=en:

"The personal pronoun es replaces:

a noun used as subject in a sentence with a predicative (with sein) When it is used with the verb sein and a predicative nominative, es can refer to singular and plural nouns of all three genders. The verb agrees with the predicative, not with es:

Was ist das? Es ist eine moderne Designlampe. (What is that? It is a modern design lamp.)

Drei Männer betreten das Lokal. Es sind Polizisten." (Three men enter the bar. They are policemen.)

You can see it as an answer to the question Was ist das? (What is that?). You don't know what it is, so you can not know what gender the word has. If you already know that you are talking about an apple then you would use er to refer to it.


That's a nice explanation, thanks!


i think er means he


Why it is eine but not einen?????


Eine is 'a'. Eine Frau. Einen is 'an'. Einen Apfel.

You cannot say an woman can you? :)


Why are we using 'Es' instead of 'Sie' here?


i think "Das ist eine Frau" is also correct


what is the difference between "Dies" and "Die" !!!


Der/Die/Das - The

Dies/Diese/Dieses - This

Although this and that are a bit more blurred in German than in English.


so Er also means "it" correct? but its masculine so that would be the reason Er ist eine Frau I put got marked wrong


what is the difference between "es" "er" and "ein" and "eine"!?!?!?!?! its so confusing to me!


Es = It Er = He. These are simple translations. No hard and fast rule to it.

ein/eine : both are indefinite forms of 'a'. However, if it is a masculine noun you use 'ein' and if it is a feminine noun you use 'eine'. See?

Example: 1) ein Mann vs. eine Frau. 2) ein Buch

So on and so forth .

Hope that helped?


Why can you also put Dies ist eine Frau?


Here. Es ist eine Frau. iS it a accusitive ?


Why are Das and Es both okay? Is there any special distinction between the two?

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