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"His cats are pretty."

Translation:Seine Katzen sind schön.

August 20, 2017



Why "Seine" is correct, but "Ihre" is not? In another question "Her dog is dirty" it was "Ihr Hund ist schmutzig", so why here it's not "Ihre Katzen", but "Seine Katzen"??? Could anyone explain the mess, please!


Why "Seine" is correct, but "Ihre" is not?

Because the English sentence is about "his cats", not "her cats".

In another question "Her dog is dirty" it was "Ihr Hund ist schmutzig"

Exactly. That question was about something belong to her, not to him.

Given your name, I'm guessing you might be Ukrainian and that you might understand Russian?

"his cats" = seine Katzen = его кошки

"her dog" = ihr Hund = ей собака

his/sein/его are not the same as her/ihr/ей.


Katzen is Plural. Sein would be neuter singular.


So, if it is Plural or Feminine it does get E-ending. but if it is Neuter( Whether it is singular neuter or plural neuter) it doesn't get E-ending. am I missing something?


That's not true, all nouns in the plural, including neuter nouns, add an -e. In fact, there is no grammatical gender distinction in the plural.

To summarize, "sein" is used with masculine and neuter singular nouns, and "seine" is used with feminine singular and all plural nouns.


Because Katze is feminine, so his cats is seine Katze.


When I forgot writing the n in "katzen" it maked it as wrong and said that the correct answer is "kater". Why?


Duo's correction algorithm is unfortunately not always very good at picking the correct alternative that's closest to what you wrote.


Kater is a male cat. It's Duos closest guess at a correct sentence (ANY) correct sentence. I suspect you used the male form of "sein Katze". Katze and Katzen both would be female, seine. Thus the only correct answer to follow the word sein is the (male) kater.


When would one use "macht" instead of "sind" ?


Why can't I say «Suß» instead of «Schön»?


Why can't I say «Suß» instead of «Schön»?

Suß is not a word in German. süß (with ü) means "cute", not "pretty" or "beautiful".


Nett instead of schön didn't work


nett is "nice" or "kind".


Why use seine ? In Previous example "Ihr Hund ist schmutizig " but here use "seine". How do we supposed to understand this ?


sein = his
ihr = her (or their)


Why not 'Seine Katzen sind hübsch'?


How do you know if someone's cats are "pretty"? Don't they all look the same? I mean, you can say Seine Katzen sind süß but usually not pretty.


katzen is true and kater is false

  • Truth or falsehood doesn't enter into the question because those words are not statements. The words can be "right" and "wrong", or "correct" and "incorrect", but not "true" or "false"
  • Nouns are capitalised in German: Katzen, Kater
  • Katzen means cats in general or female cats specifically. Kater means specifically male cats
  • In general, this course accepts Kater as a translation of "cat" or "cats". It's not considered incorrect or wrong.
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