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  5. "The dog drinks water."

"The dog drinks water."

Translation:Der Hund trinkt Wasser.

March 5, 2013



Earlier i got a warning which said "Hund" is neutral, hence use "das" with neutral nouns. Confusing it is.


"Hund" is masculine


Wasser is neutral: das Wasser


What if I ignore the masculine and feminine and use das for all? At leadt for a while....yes its a problem but ist so big, does it affect understanding


That would be a major mistake. I don't recommend it. What's your native language?


No, that's not a good idea. You will be sounding weird for native German speakers with that "simplification", because every sentence is being constructed with "help" of grammatical gender: der/die/das/den/dem, ein/eine, mein/meine, dein/deine, etc, etc. And other point is that you will remember all the nouns with the "das" article, and that later will make your "way" towards to the correct articles much harder


i wrote trinkts and not trinkt, and it didnt say its a mistake.....


It should be.


that's what i mean, i thought maybe it is the same


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It says you have made a spelling error as oppose to trinkst which is a different word. You still spelled (trinkt)s which trinkt is correct


It let it pass, and said it was fine.....

but that could be.... funny.


I wrote den Wasser. Why was it considered as a mistake?


I think this is because the sentence is '..drinks water,' and not '..drinks THE water.'


Den is masculine. Its the same as der


Den is for the definite article for masculine words in the accusative case, neuter and feminine words are the same in nominative and accusative, Wasser is neuter.


I don't understand the difference between das and der sometimes, can get confusing.


"das" denotes a neutral noun while "der" denotes a masculine noun. Hund is a masculine noun, so it is "der Hund".


It´s confusing, for instance, in portuguese a cat is a masculine noun, in german is a feminine noun...


That is why it is important to stop thinking in other languages and start thinking in German if you really want to get far in it.

And when you learn a new noun, learn the article that goes with it instead of the noun by itself. Instead of Hund, it would be der/ein Hund. Instead of Maus, it would be die/eine Maus. das/ein Händchen instead of Händchen. That helps in figuring out whether it is Masculine, Feminine, or Neuter.


What is the difference between "Hund" and "Hundin"


Hündin is a female dog.


I've said "Der Hund ..." and I've got "We heard 'Die Hündin'..."


All people can visit the page: dict.cc This is a web translating from Deutsch to Englisch and otherwise


i thought it was das hund trinkt das wasser


Is Pferd a masculine noun too?


No, Neutral "Das Pferd" is used to describe "The horse" and "Das" is a neuter nominative


please any one can help me where i have to use "Die" "Das" "Der"


Der for masculine nominative - Der Hund trinkt Wasser Das for neuter nominative - Das Pferd is sehr frech Die for feminine nominative - Die Maus ist sehr klein Die is also used for plurals, even of neuter and masculine nouns - Die Hunde trinken Wasser

If it is in the accusative case "Die" and "Das" will stay the same but "Der" becomes "Den"

Hope this helped


I tried "Wasser trinkt der Hund", since I understand that the subject and object can be swapped (provided that e.g. "der" is still used to mark the subject), but it was marked wrong -- is it? I was hopeful because there was a similar case earlier, and duolingo mentioned as much ("Another possible translation is...")


It is tricky. the standard word order is subject - verb - object. Sometimes Duo wants or accepts inversion and sometimes not.


The dog = das hund or der hund??


What is the diffrent between trinkt and trinkts ?


Here's a really helpful guide for verbs, the endings indicate person and number Singular Plural 1st Person, Trinke 1st Person, Trinken 2nd Person, Trinkst 2nd Person, Trinke 3rd Person, Trinke 3rd Person, Trinken Think of person as you talking to someone, for example "I" is 1st person because I'm referring to myself. 2nd person is you referring to someone else, like "You are cool". 3rd person is speaking to someone and referring to someone else, "He/She/It is cool". Plural is the same but referring to multiple people, we, you all, they. Singular Plural
1st "I" "We"
2nd "You" "You all" 3rd "He/She/It" "They" German endings at the end of the verb are tied to their pronoun to indicate person and number. Singular Plural 1st -e -en 2nd -et -t 3rd -t -en To answer your question, their endings have different persons and numbers

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