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"Dieser Apfel ist schlecht."

January 29, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

Is there a difference between the pronounciations of "Dieser" and "Diese"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyky

Yes, there is a difference. <diese> ['di:zə] und <dieser> ['di:zɐ] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet#Vowels


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/polomare

Does this mean "bad tasting" or "rancid"? Or can it mean both as in English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyky

Either "rancid" or "bad" in the sense of "unsuited for". If you have a basket and you want to put fruits in i as decoration and this one apple youldn't look good in it, you could say "Dieser Apfel ist schlecht." But generlly speaking, "schlecht" emans "rancid". If you want to say "it tastes bad" that would be "Er schmeckt schlecht".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregRobinson

Wouldn't "Er schmeckt schlecht" be "he tastes bad"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/polomare

Apfel is masculine, so I'm guessing that's why the "Er". The context of the conversation would tell you the speaker was referring to the apple. But you're right, as a standalone sentence it's annoyingly misleading. I think the Germans really missed the boat during their language reforms several years back by not assigning neutral genders to all inanimate objects!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrynMarie

Why is it "Dieser" instead of "Diese"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

Because Apfel is masculine and nominative


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xpresso

Why not post instead

Das Apfel ist schlecht? Thanks for answer me guys.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

Das is for neuter nouns but Apfel is masculine.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xpresso

Thanks!

I've been forgot that rule.

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