"Das ist intern."

Translation:This is internal.

March 3, 2013

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Sounds like inDERN and not inTERN!


What is the difference between "das" and "dies"? I always thought they were translated as "that" and "this" respectively, and that is what I find in dictionaries. This is the second time I've gotten this wrong in the lesson. Can "das" really mean "this" and "that"?


Correct. In isolation, ‘der’|‘die’|‘das’ can mean “the”, “that (one)”, or “this (one)”. But they always mean “that (one)” when contrasted with ‘dieser’|‘diese’|‘dieses’, which only mean “this (one)”.


My understanding is, both das and dies mean this, while "jen" means that..

For das vs. dies, I guess they're the same if you use them by themselves (das ist ein Hund) You have to use "dies" if you want to say something like "diese Hose", while you use das in stuff like (Das ist ziemlich schwer).

At least this is what I figured, and please correct me if I turned out wrong :)


I am confused about this also. Same with Jener and dass. Btw, it seems that Duolingo rejects dass? Please explain?


German, like many languages, has a three-way spatial demonstrative distinction ‘dies’ vs. ‘das’ vs. ‘jenes’ corresponding to its three-way person distinction ‘ich’ vs. ‘du’ vs. ‘es’ and three-way spatial adverb distinction ‘hier’ vs. ‘da’ vs. ‘dort’. That is, ‘dies’ and ‘hier’ are by the speaker (‘bei mir’), ‘das’ and ‘da’ are by the listener (‘bei dir’), and ‘jenes’ and ‘dort’ are somewhere else (‘bei ihm’). While English has the same three-way person deixis ‘I’ vs. ‘you’ vs. ‘it’, the English place deixis system has mostly been reduced to two-way ‘this’ vs. ‘that’; ‘here’ vs. ‘there’. Most dialects of English have lost the word “yon”, meaning ‘jener’|‘jene’|‘jenes’; and many dialects of English have lost the word “yonder”, meaning ‘dort’. To distinguish 3rd place from 2nd place, English now mostly uses the paraphrases “the one over there” for “yon”, and “over there” for “yonder”.


Wow, thank you for this. I had to read this one slow, haha :) :P.


Dude that was excellent. Exactly what I wanted. Thank you!


Dass is different than those; it means "that" zB: Ich denke, dass Deutsch zu viele Artikel hat.


Correct. The word ‘dass‘ with a double ‘ss’ is a conjunction. Great example, BTW.

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