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"No, thanks, boys."

March 2, 2013

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

Why Jungen is not good?


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

What wataya said. :)


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

thank you all!

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