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"die Eier"

Translation:the eggs

January 29, 2013



Why is the "d" small here in "die"?


The "d" in "die" is lowercase because it is an article. Articles are only capitalized in the beginning of a sentence (same rules as in English).


You say they are capitalized at the beginning of sentence. For me i saw "die Eier" , it's not capitalized. I don't understand why it's not capitalized.


It's not a sentence, just a fragment. The rule applies to sentences.


For eggs to be plural they add er for orange to be plural they add a N and fpr apple to be plural the word stays the same as singular this is so confusimg


Yes, German tends to have more exceptions to its rules than instances where the rules apply. That's a classic complaint -- Mark Twain wrote about it in "The Awful German Language".

Note that the plural of "Apfel" is "Äpfel", so it does change. There are a few words where a vowel changes to an umlaut in the plural: "Baum" -> "Bäume", "Ofen" -> "Öfen". An example where the plural is the same as the singular is "Teller".


Apple changes from Apfel (singular) to Äpfel (plural) not sure why but just add the 2 dota above the 'a' hope that helps


Is the article "die" always used as the with plural nouns?


Yes. Das Hemd, die Hose, der Schuh -- die Hemden, die Hosen, die Schuhe.


In nominative and accusative case, yes.


Care to elaborate? Basics 2 taught that both nominative AND accusative use "die" to indicate plurality.


That's absolutely true. I added accusative to my previous post now.

Learn more about German articles here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_articles


Sometimes it wants the, other times it doesn't care. I literally just had die eier show twice, once it requires the, but just once...


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why is eier, not eie?


Das Ei is a neuter noun. Plural -e is used with masculine and feminine nouns.



Can you also use Gelege instead of Eier?


That's a rather specific term for one or more eggs in a nest that you expect to hatch. Use Gelege if you are an ornithologist -- not if you are making breakfast or grocery shopping.


I see, thanks! I had seen an image of eggs with "Kanadaganz Gelege" written next to it and thought Gelege meant eggs instead of the nest :-)


Note the spelling: Gans -- goose; ganz -- whole.


No, das Gelege (von Eiern) is translated the clutch (of eggs).


I see, thanks! I had seen an image of eggs with "Kanadaganz Gelege" written next to it and thought Gelege meant eggs instead of the nest :-)


It didnt let me choose the word "the"


Can you elaborate some more on that? Which task were you working on, what exactly were you trying to do and what would you expect to happen?


Someone the rules for n ending and e ending


A question re. pronunciation: the "r" ending eier is not pronounced here. Is that hoch deutsch, plat deutsch, or another dialect? A relative of mine pronounces "r" almost gutterally, similar to French: "garten" sounds like "garchten". Perhaps a native German could explain. Thanx in advance!


My guess is that your relative is Rhenanian or Hessian. For these dialects, a hard pronunciation of the r before a hard consonant is characteristic. In other dialects -- that of the Ruhrgebiet for example -- the r is slurred, so it sounds more like "Gahten". Others might use a rhotic r. But all dialects I am aware of drop the 'r' at the end of "Eier" -- if you pronounce that 'r' it's going to sound like a French or Slavic accent.

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