https://www.duolingo.com/Siddhartha_90

"Ein Mann sieht Rot."

February 13, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mortengrud

Why is red a noun here?

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tholenst2

A good question.

Most newspaper and the duden seem to write "sieht rot", in such a context. I have found a few references where it is written as "sieht Rot". This seems mostly when the article is about a soccer player getting a red card, in which case it makes sense that "Rot" is used as a noun.

In summary: without context, it is probably not a noun, but can be.

March 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mortengrud

... So in summary, one shouldn't be "woot'ed" for writing it with miniscule 'r' as in 'rot'?

March 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tholenst2

No, lowercase "r" is definitely good.

March 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Schwigi

As mentioned above this usually means the man is very angry.

In German there is an adjective red and a noun red.

"Rot" meaning the color red. "rot" meaning the red car.

And in this case it is written with a capital R and therefore a noun, meaning the man sees some thing described as red.

June 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Siddhartha_90

is this a german way to say the man is angry? just like in english?

February 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tholenst2

Yes. Even the Duden lists it :) http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/rotsehen

February 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/achyut

Ah, and here's me thinking we have Jaqen Ha'gar on the Duolingo team.

June 27, 2013
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