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"Ein Mann sieht Rot."

February 13, 2013

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

Why is red a noun here?


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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tholenst2

No, lowercase "r" is definitely good.


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Siddhartha_90

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


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

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

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