"The horse drinks water."

Translation:Das Pferd trinkt Wasser.

March 2, 2013



How the heck am I supposed to know that Pferd is a neuter noun

June 9, 2013


yuo are supposed to memorize that fact, it should have had you choose a picture for the horse that had Das Pferd written under it

December 12, 2013


Nope. Sometimes it introduces a noun without telling you the gender. Which makes it tricky...

November 25, 2014


If you hover over new words it will tell you if they are masculine, feminine or neutral

March 12, 2016


I am still trying to figure it out. I was hoping that there was an answer to your question.

November 12, 2013


Gendered articles don't make any sense to me. How can a word even have gender, and why does the definite article have to match it?

October 17, 2014


Das Pferd säuft Wasser?????????? They didnt teach me "Säuft"

June 9, 2017


Its "trinkt", not "säuft"

February 18, 2018


Trinken is specifically for humans, while saufen is for non-human animals. "trinkt" shouldn't be accepted as correct, but I guess at lower levels they don't want to introduce too much? I don't agree with that philosophy but whatever.

I don't know if it's still the case, but traditionally it's rude to use saufen when referring to humans.

May 23, 2019, 3:23 AM


Trinken is specifically for humans, while saufen is for non-human animals.

Eh? Who says that?

Compare the Duden entries for fressen and saufen -- fressen is "of animals" while saufen is "especially of larger animals".

An elephant or a horse might saufen, but using it for a hamster or a cat sounds odd to me.

May 23, 2019, 7:22 AM


I know 'ß' is 'ss', but can anyone tell me when specifically and how is 'ß' used and when to use 'ss'? Like why isn't water written as 'waßer'? (Seriously confused). Rocko?

October 24, 2015


ß is used after long vowels and diphthongs and SS is used after short vowels

November 7, 2015


Or SS is always used if you are in Switzerland

November 7, 2015


Ah Thank You!:D That cleared up tons of confusion for me:)

November 7, 2015


How do I pronounce the Pf in German

August 24, 2018


It should be pronounced the way it's written -- as a /pf/ affricate.

However, at the beginning of a word, it's sometimes simplified into just a /f/ sound, and so for many speakers, Pferd and fährt may sound identical if they're not speaking carefully.

August 24, 2018


Das Ross is also a horse!!

March 2, 2013


That's not the normal word. "Ross" is more akin to "steed".

March 2, 2013


I suppose you are a German, so I believe you, but, you know:"Ich bin der Reiter, du bist das Ross" (Rammstein) :)

March 2, 2013


And Rammstein do use it in a fairly poetic and metaphorical manner: "Ich bin der Reiter, du bist das Ross. Ich steige auf, wir reiten los", if I recall that correctly. Ross suggests a strong, male, probably dapper horse, while Pferd is very general and could even be an old mare.

March 2, 2013


I learned German with "die Ärzte", they have pretty easy texts and their pronunciation is pretty clear. :)

March 2, 2013


I always fall on trinkt, trinkst, trinken. What is a good way to remember which to use?

September 16, 2013


Well, I don't know if you still need this, as I see your lever is already way higher than me, hehe. But incase anyone has the same question, I'll try to sum it up. :)

For subject ich (I), use "trinke".

For subject du (singular form of "you"/informal), use "trinkst".

For subject er (he) /sie (she) /es (it) and ihr (plural form of "you"/informal), use "trinkt".

For subject wir (we) /sie (they) and Sie (formal form of "you"/singular or plural), use "trinken".

December 8, 2013


Just to clarify, the formal you does not distinguish between singular and plural.

du trinkst -> informal, addressing one person

ihr trinkt -> informal, addressing more than one person

Sie trinken -> formal, addressing one or more people

December 8, 2013


Oh, sorry I didn't know that.. But I got it now. Thanks, Christian! I'll edit it. :)

December 8, 2013



December 9, 2014


correct, i dont need it, but I will leave it for newer folks, who do need it.

December 8, 2013


What's the different between "ss" and "ß" ?

May 25, 2016


Look directly above where your comment is. It is literally right there. Lol

September 2, 2016


What is a "spiritual" interpretation of this sentence?

September 12, 2016


Honestly what is difference? I say trinkst, they say is wrong.

October 22, 2016


Why "trinkst" wasnt accepted?? I never learned "säuft" for animals...?

June 13, 2017


When should I use "Pferd" instead of "Pferde"?

August 15, 2017


This is mistake of your program, because there was two the same answer

February 6, 2018


I think duolingo needs a little better explaining on genders and nouns because it is complicated maybe just a small reminder now and then to remind us and soon we will remember it I think it would really help because a lot of people are struggling because of this.

September 20, 2018


Hello all, Is there any rules to use (das) ? for ex: das Pferd (ein Pferd) , das Mädchen ,etc... Thanks for your feedback

May 4, 2019


Is there any rules to use (das) ? for ex: das Pferd (ein Pferd) , das Mädchen ,etc...

Yes! Use das before neuter nouns.

Now, which nouns are masculine, which are feminine, and which are neuter is something you simply have to (look up in a dictionary and) memorise.

May 5, 2019


I recall learning in high school that when an animal drinks water, it is more appropriate to use the verb "saufen" over "trinken". "Das Pferd saeuft wasser" is not considered correct, so am I wrong in this assumption? [note that putting in umlauts on an American keyboard is difficult for me, so 'ae' = 'a-umlaut' in this case]

April 13, 2014


When talking about larger farm animals you can use "saufen", but "trinken" is not wrong. Personally, I'd say "Das Pferd trinkt Wasser". Anyway, your translation should have been accepted. Please report it.

April 13, 2014


And now it forces you to choose the variant with saufen in it as well as the one with trinken, even though it hasnt introduced saufen

July 19, 2014


So "Der Pferd" isn't valid?

December 21, 2013


no, because Pferd is a neutral noun, so it has to be preceded by the article "Das"

July 12, 2014


"Wässer" is plural, but "Wasser" is singular... where/when would you use singular "water" instead of plural "water"?

January 16, 2014
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