All kidding aside... how does one determine grammatically that this refers to the third in a series of wives and not someone introducing the third of his current wives? Do you just assume he's not a polygamist? Or is there another way to say it correctly if he IS a polygamist?
I'm pretty sure there's no direct way to differentiate this, and you can't in english either.
In that case you would say "Ich habe drei Frauen" meaning "I have three wives" if you had them all at once. or if you said the german equivalent of "That is one of my wives" ( I believe "das ist eine meiner Frauen" in German")
By saying "Das ist meine dritte Frau" meaning "That is my third wife" it pretty much implies you have had two different marriages and two divorces before this third marriage.
Let me introduce you to my three wives. Here is one of them Anna, over there is Betty, and that is my third wife, Cindy.
Also, i doubt Cindy would be very happy to be numbered third, unless he has ten wives
lol maybe if you lived in Utah that would be more common to say, but either than that it's illegal in North America.
Take it from me, I live in southern utah! And btw, Men don't usually introduce any of their wives as their third or first.
It's illegal in Utah too. Don't spread malicious stereotypes about others. Real Mormons haven't done that for years.
It's called a Joke...nothing was meant maliciously. Sorry if you took it that way but it was a joke nothing more
It could mean either. But you could be more specific, though it may sound awkward to be that specific.
Das ist meine dritte aktuelle Frau. -This is my third current wife. Das ist meine dritte Frau in meiner Frausfolge.-This is my third wife in my series of wives. (I'm not entirely sure if I'm right about Frausfolge, I based it off the german word for "series of kings" Königsfolge)
"Wives" with the same guy does not map to "Frauen" IIRC, so there should be some difference with "Frau" if he is a polygamist
context, man. Would you really say in English "this is my third woman"? I think you'd pretty quickly find yourself seeking a fourth woman if you did.
yes. e.g. if you were a hairdresser who dealt with men, women and children .
Thanks it is down to context again.
As jans43 said: The unisex hairdresser may say: "Das ist meine dritte Frau heute"
And a married man may say: ""Das ist meine dritte Ehefrau."
Whereas you can say "Frau" to your "Ehefrau"
Wish the green owl would give us hints or speak proper German or both.
Talking about proper german.. owl says richtich(-tig) and i started with duolingo so imagine my shocker when my Lehrerin and husband said -tich is Umgangsprache. Wake up call haha
I have never heard "Richtig" spoken with a "ig" sound. I can imagine that there are regional differences though, as in many parts of Gerany you will hear "rich-tisch" which certainly is Umgangsprache.
If you were Muslim, that would be a perfectly normal sentence to say.
No it wont be a normal sentence.. Islam doesnt allow you to marry whenever you like.. There are many conditions such as the will of the first wife.. Whether he is able to completely satisfy first wife in terms of her every need and/or any other wife he may have in future.. And many other conditions which pretty much dictates the multi-marriage obsolete in modern world.. Dont heed to stereotypes please
It depends entirely on the type of Islam, it is alive and well in many areas and completely dead in others. You're generalizing at least as much as he is.
from a middle-easterner...... he is right...there is no restrictions or special conditions... don't be in denial
Plus, Muslims are only allowed to have three wives, at least that's what the Muslim Marriage Act of India and Qaazis have no say over it and thats how the saying "jab miya-biwi raazi to kiya karega Qaazi" originated ! :D
Well if you are Nigerian, nothing wrong with it! Since it is a regular occurrence!
Your comment made me reread the comment. I lol'd, sped read it the first time and missed the punchline.
As of 2013-10-27, both "woman" and "wife" are correct for the multiple choice question format.
When do you use "diese" for "this"? Multiple choice puts both "this is my third wife" and "that is my third wife" as correct for "Das ist..."
"Das" and "dies" are stand alone and do not have a noun. You can say: "Dies ist mein Freund" or "Das ist mein Freund" (This/That is my friend). When you introduce two people to a third person, you can say: "Dies ist Tom und das ist Anna" (This is Tom and that is Anna). Both are OK, but "Das" is the most common form.
You cannot say "das Hund ist schnell". It is grammatically wrong. You use dieser/diese/dieses instead. They have always a noun. You cannot use them without a noun. For example: "Dieser Hund ist schnell" (This dog is fast).
diese can translate as either this or as that and should be used in both your examples. (verbally pointing to something)
If you want to say something like "that's my wife you're talking about" then you use "die ist meine .." not das because wife is feminine.
"Das" as that is only used if referring to a neuter noun or to something which is not a noun eg "das weiß ich" = "I know that"
yeah but it also means "to know" (like specific things I think??? I'm not a native german) like "Ich weiss es nicht" means I don't know
"Wissen" is the infinitive of the verb meaning "to know," and "weiß" is the simple present form of this verb. The meaning of "wieß" in a sentence depends on the context of how the word is being used, just as "sein" can either mean "his" or "to be."
Why "Das ist.." instead of "Sie ist.."? Is it common to allude to someone as "it" instead of "she/he"?
From what I understand, "Das ist meine Frau" means "That is my wife" or "This is my wife", while "Sie ist meine Frau" would be "She is my wife".
If you were referring to someone who is not currently there, for example, someone who is across the room or in a photograph, you could use a gender-neutral pronoun in English. This might be a similarly context-sensitive situation.
The same endings as for all other adjectives, if that's what your question means.
So, what if you want to say "This is my third (masc.noun)? "Das ist mein dritt Hund."?
dieser/diese/dieses acts as an adjective. z.B. "Diese Frau ist meine Ehefrau." But in the sentence "Das ist meine Frau", the "das" acts as a noun.
You could say something like "Dies ist meine Frau", but I don't think this is as common (may not even be good Hochdeutsch). It's better to use "das" in the case where "this" or "that" is a noun: "Das ist meine Frau." = This/that is my wife. and only use dieser/diese/dieses (this) ... or jener/jene/jenes (that) as an adjective modifying a noun that follows it: "Diese/Jene Frau ist meine Ehefrau." = This/that woman is my wife.
Just a small but very important correction "dieser/diese/diese" does not act as an adjective. It falls in the same class as der/die/das and adjectives that follow it decline in the same way as adjectives following der/die/das.
This is becoming a useful sentence to learn, with all those refugees in Germany. I suggest "meine vierte Frau" instead
ich glaube dass, Dou Muslim ist, denn er hat mehr als eine Frau
I would like to see sentences such as "this is my third husband" more often because so far I've seen many sentences mentioning several wives and never several husbands. It's not the first time I reads sexist sentences in DuoLinguo it's a bit sad.
Pokemon gotta catch them all!!! The fourth slot is still empty ;) any lady wanna take it? I still need a virgin blonde in my collection.
It is not possible because Frau ist feminine: die Frau. So you need to say: meine Frau. You add an -e to "mein".
Three wives? Have they all had mysterious unfortunate accidents, or is this guy/lady simply a cheater?!