"The dog drinks water."
Translation:Der Hund trinkt Wasser.
Earlier i got a warning which said "Hund" is neutral, hence use "das" with neutral nouns. Confusing it is.
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
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
I think this is because the sentence is '..drinks water,' and not '..drinks THE water.'
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.
No, Neutral "Das Pferd" is used to describe "The horse" and "Das" is a neuter nominative
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.
Here's a really helpful guide for verbs, the endings indicate person and number
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.
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