Actually it's more like having something nearer or more afar. "das" is used to refer to things more away, "dies" / "dies hier" to refer to nearer things. However in familiar language this difference is rather blurred and as a consequence you will use more "das" in these cases.
How do you say, "No, that window just has a really large sill?" "Nein, das Fenster hat...?"
I don't think I have seen a sentence with 'der' being utilized in the middle. I thought this would turn it into 'den'. Guess I gotta change my logic.
Oh no, its not a balcony. Its just a place from where people are thrown down for asking stupid questions.
Can "das" be this as well as that? Da- always seemed to be indicating things that are not in one's possession
The gender of the noun is Masculine, not Neuter. If it was Neuter, Das would be used.
I know that when the gender is not known, it is common to use das: "What is that?". Is there a case where one might use "Was ist es?". Or is it normal to default to the neuter?
Actually, I don't quite understand what a demonstrative pronoun is or when I should use one....
@Cookdj : With the help of Google search, I give you:
OMG --> "Correct solutions: This is the balcony?"
It should be: "Is this the balcony?".