"The woman is drinking the water."

Translation:Die Frau trinkt das Wasser.

February 16, 2013



how do you know when an object is masculine?

April 8, 2013


Checking its gender. If you hold your cursor above the word here in duolingo webiste, it says if it is masculine, feminine or neuter.

I've heard there are some tips about the ending of a noun, then you can identify which gender it is, but I'm not really sure how this is applied.

April 10, 2013


As a Hebrew speaker, we also have differences in gender for nouns. It is absolutely arbitrary, and I was told it's the same way in German. Also, the gender of the words between the languages are rather the same. Use your own logic to remember the words, there must be some hidden somewhere.

April 11, 2013


Why use "der", "die" and das in different sentences?

August 4, 2013


I've just watched some "Hammer Grammar" episodes, so I decided to go back to basics to test Duolingo a bit, I am right in saying "Das Wasser trinkt die Frau" would be correct. (Accusative Case P.S my answer wasn't accepted.


May 4, 2014


I thiiink you'd have a comma there: "Das Wasser, trinkt die Frau."

May 4, 2014


Not sure, but would Duolingo not still accept it

May 5, 2014


What is the difference between 'den' and 'die' I know they both mean 'the' and that die is feminine, what am I missing?

February 16, 2013


You're missing grammatical cases. They're expressed by altering articles and endings in German. 'den' is masculine accusative and plural dative case. Here's a list: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/die#Article_2 and more on cases: http://german.about.com/library/blcase_acc.htm

February 16, 2013


Could you please explain that more clearly? I'm still confused as to when I should be using 'den'.

March 6, 2013


In the examples we've seen so far, 'den' is used on masculine objects like 'der Apfel' when the object is directly receiving an action like 'eats' (e.g. He eats the apple, or, Er isst den Apfel). These are accusative objects. So masculine accusative objects 'der' become 'den' - the object is 'der Apfel,' when it's being eaten by someone, it's 'den Apfel.' At least that's my understanding.

March 11, 2013


What about water in this example "the woman is drinking water" so the water is being drunk so we should -accordin to my understanding- say in germany "Dei Frau trinkt den Wasser" can you explain why is it das not den ..?

July 2, 2013


In the examples we've seen so far, 'den' is used on masculine objects like 'der Apfel' when the object is directly receiving an action like 'eats'

Water is a neuter noun, not a masculine noun. Neuter nouns take article das and das remains das in accusative form.

July 27, 2013


Is there a better way to say 'is drinking' in German by opposition to 'drinks'

May 2, 2013


No? There is no continuous tense (is (verb)-ing) in German.

July 27, 2013


There's no need to add articles either in English or in German ahead of Wasser of Water, isn't it ? We can simply say : the woman is drinking water or Die Frau trinkt Wasser. Or not ?

May 8, 2013


"The woman is drinking water" is a slightly different sentence from "the woman is drinking the water." With no article, the woman can be drinking any water from anywhere. With the article "the," the woman is drinking a specific unit of water. The (tap)water, the (cup of) water, the water (from the well), etc.

July 27, 2013


'Die Frau trinkt wasser' is grammatically correct but like Agen Tsi said, it has a slightly different meaning from 'Die Frau trinkt das Wasser.'

December 1, 2013


So, den is used only when the noun is masculine and the action is being implied on it, yes? And there isn't a separate word used in that case with a feminine noun? What about neutral?

June 12, 2013


den is used only when the noun is masculine and the action is being implied on it, yes?

Correct. Der changes to den in accusative case. Die (for feminine and plural nouns) and das (for neuter nouns) don't change in accusative case. They remain die and das.

July 27, 2013


When do i know to use Sie or Die?

June 26, 2013


'sie' (with a lower case 's') can mean 'they,' 'them' and 'she.' With a capital 'S' (except as the first word of a sentence) it is the formal form of 'you.' (If it's the first word of the sentence, it will always be capitalized and the meaning is determined by the context.) 'Die' usually means 'the,' but can also be used to mean 'she,' 'it,' 'that' or 'which' (but that's it being used as a relative pronoun, which I wouldn't worry about if you are just starting).

December 1, 2013



January 11, 2014


Sie=she Die=the

June 28, 2013


Sie can also mean they or formal you.

July 27, 2013


is there a nominative for "das"?

July 14, 2013


Das is das in nominative case and das in accusative case. Is that your question?

July 27, 2013


What is the difference between das der and die ?? help :')

September 7, 2013


Shouldn't it just be: "Die Frau trinkt Wasser." and not: "Die Frau trinkt das Wasser." Why are they adding the "Das"?

September 11, 2013


"The woman is drinking water" is a different sentence from "the woman is drinking the water." When you add the definite article, it makes it so you are referring to a specific source of water (water from the bottle or the tap) instead of just water in general (with no article).

October 11, 2013


What is the difference between "Den" and "Das"? Are they not both neuter for "The"? How do you know which to use?

September 15, 2013


"Den" is "Der" in the accusative case. It is used when a masculine word (a "der" word) is the direct object. I always found this type of table to be helpful, and it was one of the earlier things we memorized in my German class: http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum.htm

October 3, 2013


Es igual o más confuso que los artículos del italiano.....

September 30, 2013


When do you use das, den, or die, I'm so confused... sie isst den apfel, du trinkst die milch, die frau trinkt das wasser... ????

October 19, 2013


Yah, unless apfel and brot changed to wasser without me knowing, this is a no brainer.

November 18, 2013


So does 'das' here mean water is masculine?

November 29, 2013


it dosent matter just remember it

January 11, 2014


Nope; "das" is for neuter nouns. If it were masculine it would be "der Wasser"

January 28, 2014


aduhh pusing palak amboo -_-

February 3, 2014


When is trinkst used?

February 3, 2014


Are you having a Kerboodle

February 12, 2014
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