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Enkel

Hi, Can this word mean grandchild or is it only used for grandson? In wiktionary, the word for grandchild is enkelkind, but in DL it's enkel.. lil confused.

Thanks.

June 29, 2017

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

Despite what others say., I have to add more: Enkel is also Plural and can describe any ratio (only grandsons, only granddaughters or any mix).

Ein Enkel; zwei Enkel.

Also in some regions you might encounter the Enkel singular to describe either a grandson or a grandaughter, but its more common to see Enkel=grandson; Enkelin=granddaughter.

Der Enkel, die Enkel. Singular is mostly male, in some varieties the Singular can describe both. Plural can be any combination.

Die Enkelin, die Enkelinnen. Always female.

Der Enkelsohn, die Enkelsöhne. Always male.

Die Enkeltochter, die Enkeltöchter. Always female.

Das Enkelkind, die Enkelkinder. This has never any information about the sex. So both singular and plural can be anything.

June 29, 2017

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

Thank you. Thats very well-explained.

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteffiBookworm-

Der Enkel is a male grandchild.
Das Enkelkind is a neuter noun,
die Enkelin is female.

June 29, 2017

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

Danke schön! :)

June 29, 2017

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

Is this for German?

June 29, 2017

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

Yes

June 29, 2017

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

okay

June 29, 2017

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

Der Enkel is a male grandchild. Das Enkelkind is a neuter noun, die Enkelin is female

June 29, 2017
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