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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?

May 20, 2017

7 Comments


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

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.


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

Roger that, thanks ^^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

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."


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

Thanks again, that streak kinda scares me tho.

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