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"Es IST die Stuhlen der Männer" or "Es SIND die Stuhlen der Männer" ? (answered)

In English you can say "It's the Man's chairs". Can we do the same in German? Is "Es ist die Stuhlen der Männer" gramatically correct?

Or should it be "SIE SIND die Stuhlen der Männer" ?


edit: oh, it's "Stühle", not "Stuhlen". Thanks! :(

June 14, 2017

13 Comments


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

You must use sind. By the way, in English I don't believe you can say "it's the men's chairs" – that sounds incorrect and unusual. Most would say "these/those are".

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Oh, okay... Thanks. I'm not a native speaker.

June 14, 2017

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

In this situation, neither is correct. You would need to use 'Das sind...' (These/those are...) or 'Sie sind...' (They are...)

'Es sind...' as in 'Es sind Stuhlen' means 'There are chairs'. In this case 'es' translates as 'there'.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

There are = Es gibt

They are = Es sind / sie sind

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

I agree, and I would just like to add that the word form "Stuhlen" does not exist.

It's "der Stuhl" (singular nominative), "die Stühle" (plural nominative).

So the sentence should be: "Das/Es sind die Stühle der Männer". (It's an awkward sentence, but it's correct).

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Ooh thanks... I'm so bad at this...

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

Stühlen is Dativ. For a simple ist sentence, use Nominativ case - Stühle

Es sind die Stühle der Männer

..Oh btw, if you want to make an Umlaut, using "ue" is better than just "u", like Stuehlen. It's an old-fashioned way of writing, and not ideal, but a lot better than just Stuhlen (that means something... different...)

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Thanks, but by "Stuhlen" I thought I was saying "chairs (nominativ)"...

My German is really bad... ;–;

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

Don't worry, many nouns have a Plural that works like that

Die Tanne (the fir tree) - Die Tannen (the fir trees)

Stuhl is one of those special cases where there is an Umlaut added in Plural.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Anyway, those things are called "Stühle" as plural of "Stuhl". I would say "Das sind die Stühle der Männer" for you need the third person plural of "sein"

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

thanks :(

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

don't feel bad about it. I have been learning English in school for several years, but the real insight came with reading books and magazines. You will have both vocab training and grammar exercise by reading. Then the right words will pop up in the right situation. You'll never stumble over those Umlauts again.

Anyway, a slight "accent" is nice sometimes and will be accepted.

June 15, 2017

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

Es sind die Stühle der Männer. Der Stuhl, plural: die Stühle. der Männer - the men's.

The man's chairs means der Stuhl des Mannes.

June 14, 2017
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