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die/eine

I'm mid-homework and I came upon following sentence: "Seine Mutter ist (nurse)." Should I write "die", "eine" or simply "Krankenschwester"? And why?

5/20/2017, 10:02:08 PM

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If you want to point at one specific nurse or there is just one then "die Krankenschwester" is the correct term. -> His mother is the nurse.

Otherwise you want to say "(eine) Krankenschwester". If you just want to say the job/profession you can omit the "eine", that is what I mean by using paratheses. -> His mother is a nurse. As far as I know it is never wrong if you don't omit it, though.

I dont know if my explanations are understandable, tell me if anything is unclear.

5/20/2017, 10:13:21 PM

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Roger that, thanks ^^

5/20/2017, 10:20:37 PM

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Shaoriko is correct, it depends on the context. Seine Mutter is Krankenschwester (no die or eine) in regular sentences if you want to say his mother is a nurse. If you want to add emphasis "die Krankenschwester."

5/20/2017, 10:25:53 PM

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Thanks again, that streak kinda scares me tho.

5/20/2017, 10:27:57 PM

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The streak is the ring of power, you get addicted to it.

5/21/2017, 12:41:55 AM

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It was the same for me, I had a streak well over a year and then I let it drop on purpose because I saw that I really just wanted my streak to stay instead of actual learning something. I "cheated" with doing easy lessons again if I wanted a break etc.

Conclusion: A streak isn't anything I want or need, but everyone is motivated differently so do what you feel is best for you.

5/21/2017, 1:00:16 AM

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I'm all about the jewelry.

5/22/2017, 11:51:59 AM
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