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"Seine Frau trinkt Milch."

Translation:His wife is drinking milk.

January 29, 2013



By the way, when you go over "Seine" and it says "his (feminine/neuter)", it means "his (feminine or neuter noun)".


I don't understand how 'his' can be feminine?


sein = his. You can add endings to sein, for example seine, seinen, ect... The endings depend on the noun that it describes and the case. So, because the word that 'sein' describes is a feminine noun (Frau), you use the -e ending so it's seine. It's pretty much the same as ein, eine, einen, ect... :)

eine Frau, seine Frau, meine Frau ein Mann, sein Mann, mein Mann


Thank you so much!


Makes sense, danke!


It's not HIS that is feminine, his NOUN is feminine. Much like DER/DIE/DAS changes with gender of the noun it describes, the possessive changes as well.

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"His wife", where the world "wife" is feminine.


Suppose i have a bag. I want to say "my bag" then the translation of "my" will not depend on my gender but on the gender of "bag". Always look for the word (noun) following it.


I put Whale instead of Wife by accident >.<


Eine Frau = A Woman Meine Frau = My wife Deine Frau = Your wife Seine Frau = His wife ?


How come Frau means wife here?


From what I understand: Frau means (sometimes ambiguously) both woman and wife. Here there's a "ownership" of said Frau which implies it's his wife. Same thing with Freundin, where "Meine Freundin" usually means my girlfriend whereas "Ich habe eine Freundin" would mean I have a female friend.


Does using 'Mann' also imply a sense of ownership for the wife?


Mann is also the short version of Ehemann and Ehemann is the German word for husband.


It can also mean "Mrs." as in: "Guten Tag, Frau Smith."


Is there a German word for "Lady" if used as a title, or would Frau still be used. Is there a difference between the average "Mrs." vs. another title?


AFAIK the alternatives for Frau include: Dame (lady) Fräulein (unmarried woman; Miss)


Don't use Fräulein though. It's pretty rude and condescending.


So if I'm in a fight with a German Karen, I can use 'Fräulein'?


Really? Why? I expect the distinction between Mrs. and Ms. is important.


Graf and Gräfin are Count and Countess.


The German word for wife is Ehefrau and in this context is Frau the short version of Ehefrau.


Do not think in English, but still even some english speakers say my woman


How do I know when "Frau" means "woman or wife"?


If anyone is wondering this, Frau only means wife when a possessive stands before it. It means woman any other time. The only exception is a sentence such as; "my father's wife". In German, that would be "die Frau meines Vaters".

A woman - Eine Frau

The woman - Die Frau

My wife - Meine Frau

Your (informal, singular) wife - Deine Frau

His wife - Seine Frau

Her/their wife - Ihre Frau


Translated this as: "His wife is drinking milk."

Duolingo considers this wrong, preferring the translation: "His wife drinks milk."

However, English speakers would normally say: "His wife is drinking milk." (Present continuous.)

"His wife drinks milk." would more normally, to my ears, indicate preference. For example: "Does his wife drink Beer? No, his wife drinks milk."

Seine Frau mag lieber Milch."



I also thought Seine could be formal "Your".


Formal "your" is Ihr/Ihre (both for singular your, and plural your). http://blogs.transparent.com/german/mein-dein-sein-ihr-etc-german-possessive-pronouns-in-the-nominative-case/. Seine can only mean His/its [feminine noun]


I don't understand why the pronoun endings change. Like "Mein" and "Meine", or in this case, "Seine" and "Sein". What is the rule?


It has to do with the gender of the noun. Meine is for feminine nouns, while mein is for masculine and neuter nouns. Of course, that is only for the Nominative case.

Mein Haus - My house ("Haus" is neuter)

Mein Vater - My father ("Vater" is masculine)

Meine Schwester - My sister ("Schwester" is feminine)


Mein - Masculine and neuter

Meine - Feminine


Meinen - Masculine

Meine - Feminine

Mein - Neuter


Meines - Masculine

Meiner - Feminine

Meines - Neuter


Meinem - Masculine and neuter

Meiner - Feminine

The same endings apply to words such as; dein, unser, sein, and ihr.


In tips it was said for example dein kind/ deine kinder It was about plural nouns not about their gender


In tips it was said for example dein kind/ deine kinder

Do you have a screenshot showing which tips you mean that taught this incorrect German?

It has to be dein Kind and deine Kinder, not dein kind or deine kinder.


Can somebody tell me why "Seine Frau" we have to translate as "his wife" if wife is "Ehefrau"?


So if I wanted to say 'Her husband' or 'his husband' It would be - Sein Mann - even tho I am female - yes. Gay marriage is legal here so asking this makes sense to me.


No, 'her husband' is 'ihr Mann' ; 'his husband' ist 'sein Mann'


His wife is drinking the milk, and he doesn't know that of the three glasses she picked from, one is poisoned.


I misread that is Seine Frau trinkt mich.


wait i thought "his" is "ihn"???


Why isn't it sein?


Die Frau - seine Frau, das Kind - sein Kind (trinkt Milch), der Hund - sein Hund (trinkt Wasser).


I keep using 'Seiner' in these questions - where would this word be used?


"Seiner" is used in the genitive case: Die Mutter seiner Frau trinkt Milch. (His wife's mother drinks milk.) And in the dative case: Er gibt die Milch seiner Frau.


Seine / deine...... not clear what was said


Why is "her wife" incorrect?


"Her wife" would be "ihre Frau".


i don't like this sentence


I keep getting this right and its saying im wrong.


I assume this is the same as Meiner Frau means my wife. All very confusing


Seine Frau (nominative) trinkt Milch (accusative). Er (nominative) gibt seiner Frau (dative) Milch (accusative). Er (nominative) fragt seine Frau (accusative): "Schmeckt dir (dative) die Milch (nominative)?" (Do you like the milk?) Die Milch (nominative) schmeckt seiner Frau (dative). Or: Die Milch schmeckt ihr (She likes the milk).


what is wrong with drinks milk?????


"drinks milk" is not a complete sentence -- it's missing a subject (seine Frau in the original, i.e. "his wife").


I was given this question, and Milch/Milk was not an option


What does nutte means?


whore, prostitute. It's not a polite word.


Sounds like "deine Frau"... DL's terrible voice synth strikes again!


Does anybody have a table with all the cases for possessive pronouns?


I assume e at the end of most words is feminine?


I assume e at the end of most words is feminine?

Often, yes, but not always (e.g. der Käse, das Gebirge).


The item says select the word to enter. There is no list for selection, and it doesn't let me enter a word. So, I can't complete the questions as this one is always wrong when I click "Skip". What is the problem?


The item says select the word to enter. There is no list for selection, and it doesn't let me enter a word. So, I can't complete the questions as this one is always wrong when I click "Skip". What is the problem?

Hard to say. Do you have a screenshot? That would help.


It may be a problem with my iPad I use when traveling. The computers at home don't have that problem.


seine frau but sein shoe.. his wife, his shoe...why is one seine and one sein both are the first word in the sentence. thx


why is one seine and one sein

The noun Frau is a feminine noun, so you need the feminine form seine before it. (And Frau has to be capitalised, because it's a noun.)

Schuh, on the other hand, is masculine, so you need sein Schuh.

Neuter words also take sein before them, e.g. sein Messer "his knife".


I understand when to use "sein" or "seine" but I don't know when to use "seinen" or "seines".


So when do you use sein?


So when do you use sein?

Before a masculine noun in the nominative case, or before a neuter noun in the nominative or accusative case.

Sein Vater sieht sein Pferd. (his father [ṁasc.nom.] sees his horse [neut.acc.])


How do you know whether it is his or her wife? if it is Seine because Frau is feminine then wouldn't it be the same for both regardless of whose wife it is or are they different?


How do you know whether it is his or her wife?

Because it says seine Frau and not ihre Frau.

The sein- part indicates that the owner is masculine; the -e ending indicates that the "possession" is feminine.

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    why use the feminine when in the previous sentence you used mein for girl??? Yr educationally rules are crap


    why use the feminine

    Because the word Frau is grammatically feminine.

    in the previous sentence you used mein for girl

    No. It used mein for Mädchen.

    The word Mädchen is grammatically feminine.

    It really is important to keep the word separate from the concept.

    Grammatical gender attaches to a German word, not to a concept (and not to an English word for the concept). You can't say that "girl is neuter" or "a girl is neuter", but you can say that "The word Mädchen is neuter".

    Yr educationally rules are crap

    I encourage you to "vote with your feet" and stop using Duolingo.

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