https://www.duolingo.com/sorfrena

"No, thanks, boys."

March 2, 2013

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/sorfrena

Why Jungen is not good?

March 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Maybe just a programming blip. If they meant male kids, Jungen would be right. Jungs means "boys" as in buddies or chaps or lads. Note, I am not a native speaker though.

March 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

To my ear, "Jungen" doesn't sound right here.

March 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

So if you wanted to say the sentence and you were talking to "male kids", would you still say "Jungs"? Or would you say the sentence another way?

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

I agree with christian. As the tone of the phrase is rather colloquial 'Jungen' sounds a bit strange. Yes, sure: you can use 'Jungs' to refer to a group of boys. Die Zeichensetzung ist auch ziemlich fragw├╝rdig...

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

After a second thought: I guess 'Jungen' doesn't work because the sentence is a direct address. It sounds very aloof if you directly address a group of boys as 'Jungen'. If you speak about a group of boys, 'Jungen' is generally preferable. I'd say 'Die Jungen gehen spielen' but always 'Jungs, geht mal spielen!'.

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Thanks!

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

What wataya said. :)

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sorfrena

thank you all!

March 5, 2013
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