It seems that both words can be translated as Schrank. However, the word "cupboard" has various other translations depending on what you use it for: broom cupboard=>Besenschrank kitchen cupboard=>Küchenschrank built-in cupboard=>Einbauschrank. I suppose that if you want to use the word "Schrank", yes you need to use context to specify it.
So just to clarify, Schrank can mean cupboard or wardrobe, and you have to use context in order to know which one is being said?
A Schrank is basically any furniture that has a "door" to open and is closed otherwise.
Usually wardrobe is better (more specifically) translated by (der) Kleiderschrank or (e.g. at the theatre or at a club) (die) Garderobe.
Der Kühlschrank = the fridge which literally means (kühl=cool,shrank=closet)
Der Kleiderschrank= the wardrobe which literally translates to (klieder= clothes,schrank=closet)
The word Schranke does indeed mean a barrier or gate.
But this sentence contains the word Schrank, which is a cupboard, closet, or wardrobe.
Note that die Schranke is feminine and has an -e at the end, while der Schrank is masculine and does not have an -e at the end. They are two separate words.
Why is cabinet not accepted it is a synonym of cupboard and seems to have no particular difference in meaning.
a cupboard with shelves or drawers for storing or displaying articles.
"a medicine cabinet"
Can "schrank" also be used as a slang (I guess) word for fridge? I know fridge is "eis schrank", but I think there have been times when I have heard my mum (who is german) say "schrank" when refering to fridge. Is this something that is actually done, or am I just making things up?
"Einen" and "Keinen" always throw me for a loop. I know they're accusative masculine case, but how do you tell?
Thanks, mizinamo! That helps a lot. I've got to memorize those gender cases. :)
Where is the 'need' in this sentence?
I don't understand the question. Why doesn't Hund = cat?
They just don't.
A Schrank (cupboard, cabinet, closet, wardrobe) is a box with walls and usually a door, while a Regal (shelf) is just a horizontal board. Two quite different things.
Indeed, a cupboard might have shelves inside it.
The word "cabinet" here fascinates me. English is not my native language, but french is; and in french "un cabinet" is used to speak about the place where some people work (doctors who work outside an hospital, lawyers...); in plural "les cabinets" is used for the WC... Funny to compare languages!