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"Seine Jungs?"

February 12, 2013

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

Why is "His youngs?" wrong?


[deactivated user]

    That doesn't make any sense.


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

    But "youngs" is one of the suggestions for "Jungs". When can "Jungs" be translated as "youngs", then? Thank you.


    [deactivated user]

      I'd say never. What's "youngs" supposed to mean anyway?


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

      English is not my first language (obv =) ). So I thought "youngs" would be a synonym for "youngsters". If it's wrong then I'll just report it. Thanks again.


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

      If someone wanted to say "young" to mean their kids, they would most likely say "My young ones", or use "youngsters". Just "my young" to mean "my kids" doesn't quite work for humans.


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

      Pons gives 'the young' as a synonym for 'animal offspring'. So, maybe the plural 'youngs' does indeed exist. (Although it sounds somewhat strange to me) But it doesn't make any sense as a translation of 'seine Jungs'.


      [deactivated user]

        That would be "the young".


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

        "Young" is used almost exclusively for wildlife. For example, beaver young are called kits.


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

        @ Wataya: I've never seen or heard of "youngs" being used like that (your web example). For what it is worth, I am a forest technician by education, a forest insect and disease technician by occupation, with my former occupation being a forest and wildlife technician with Parks Canada.


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

        @Hohenems, Christian: It sounds strange to me, too. Thanks a lot for the clarification. I tried to find a loophole to make sense of duo's dictionary entry. Seems to be just an error on duo's part.


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

        Are you sure? Random internet sites may not be the best evidence, but still: http://www.myuniversalfacts.com/2006/04/names-of-animals-and-their-youngs.html I guess: 'the young' as the plural within a species and 'the youngs' as the plural among species.

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