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"Wie geht es eurer Katze?"

Translation:How is your cat?

August 27, 2017



To all English speakers: You have to realize that all other languages on the planet have 4 - 5 different words for "you". English is the exception.


I learned that back in HS with Spanish. The variations drive me nuts with German. Der, dem, den, die, das, des. English may have a billion synonyms from stealing from every language, but we don't assign genders to everything. Why is a table masculine in German, but feminine in Spanish? It's a table.


Just the way the noun is. It's not describing the 'thing' as a gender. You'll notice that moon and sun are opposites in those languages too.


I honestly with there were other versions of "you". A word for general "you" (like man in German) and plural you (like ihr in German)


please why is EURER used to refer to YOUR in this sentence instead of the normal DIENE that would normally be used to refer to YOUR ? .thanks in advance.


There are three translation of English you in German:

The personal pronouns (here in nominative) are:

1) du (= informal, sing.)
2) ihr (= informal, plur.)
3) Sie (= polite form, sing. + plur.)

They correspond with the respective possessive pronouns (here in nominative, masc./ fem. / neut.):

1) dein Vater, deine Mutter, dein Haus
2) euer Vater, eu(e)re Mutter, euer Haus
3) Ihr Vater, Ihre Mutter, Ihr Haus

In the sentence above, the cat is in dative case in German, and the possessive pronoun needs to be in the corresponding form as well:

2) eu(e)rem Vater, eu(e)rer Mutter, eu(e)rem Haus

In spoken language, you will often hear another variant for dative masc. / neut.:
euerm Vater, euerm Haus


thanks a lot. i appreciate this. i 've written it in my Language Note now. once again thanks


I think you mean 'eurem' in the last sentence.


No, that one is included in the paragraph above. I mean vernacular euerm – which is not standard, but can be heard.


Even when listening to the slower track, the second r in "eurer" sounded like it was dropped off. It's been ages since I learned dative case, and I didn't even learn it very well when I did, so I had to rely entirely on the audio when writing this and it sounded exactly like "Wie geht es eure Katze?" to me


why How is your cat doing? is not correct?


It should be, have you reported it?


Still not accepted. I got that wrong too.


I'm still baffled with cases. How is cat dative? Which words in this sentence are nominative and accusative?


The question "wie geht es..." literally translates to "how goes it...", and then it's the dative person/thing: wie geht es dir (you), es geht mir gut (me), wie geht es ihr (her), etc. So 'es' is in the nominative case, as 'it' goes. This phrase, while super high frequency in the language, isn't necessarily super easy to decode grammatically, so hopefully this explanation has helped.


Hello Ross,

Short answer "es geht" is a dative verb that triggers the object to dative.

Long answer - Please take some time to read about Dative verbs in the 2 links below -

  1. https://germantakeaways.com/verbs-accusative-dative-case-german/

  2. https://www.thoughtco.com/frequently-used-german-dative-verbs-4071410

I found them quite useful !!


The way I keep this straight in my head is to assume this expression is similar to "mi piace" which is used to mean "I like it", but translates literally to "it is pleasing to me". Some expresions are simply backwards (English has the subject doing the action and German has the action being done to the subject) and "___ geht es" happens to be one of these.


It's frustrating that Duo German won't recognize "y'all" or "you guys" as a translation for plural "you" (ihr). Duo Spanish does. Although we don't FORMALLY have a word for plural "you" in English, a lot of people use "y'all" or "you guys" to indicate it. And I really like using it when learning a new language to help distinguish between singular "you" and plural "you". I keep reporting it in the hopes that they'll eventually allow it (like they do for Spanish Duo), but it's frustrating nonetheless!


I would say Duolingo not accepting "y'all" is a good thing, not a bad thing.


Duo accepts y'all and y'all's most of the time. I've reported this exercise for not handling it.


Why is "how is your cat doing?" Incorrect?


It is correct now.


I see no problem with another translation which is not accepted "how is your cat doing"

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    why is geht sudden is? It means go


    Don't worry, it didn't suddenly change meaning. The verb "gehen" does mean "to go". To ask someone how they (or someone else) is doing in German, we use "Wie geht es dir" (or other person/pet/endeavour), which literally translates to "How goes it (to) you?"


    just like in French "Comment allez-vous?" or Italian "Come va?" "go" is just how they express how one is doing.


    You can ask how any one or any thing is going. This sentence just happens to ask about a cat, which is "die Katze" in German.


    How is your cat feeling? Should that not be correct?


    Am I understanding eurer correctly as the plural you? I said, "How is y'all's cat?" and it said it was wrong. I know y'all and y'all's aren't the most proper English, but I try to train myself to remember to distinguish the singular and plural yous by using "y'all." I don't mind if it counts as wrong, but want to know if I really was wrong? Danke!


    Your understanding of euer (and its forms) as plural 'you' is correct. You are also right that y'all, and especially y'all's aren't 'proper' English, and that is why it would be marked wrong.


    Do German people really ask formally how cats are doing? I mean, I totally see myself asking Ms Merkel how is her cat doing as politely as possible, but I'm sure I would have other more interesting questions; besides, one would assume that one is on friendlier terms with somebody if they know that they own a cat and -moreover- that one cares about said cat. Jokes apart, is this a fabricated Duolingo sentence or do German people use the formal for trivial things like this?


    A vet (Tierarzt - lit. animal doctor) might use the formal form when asking about the health of a client's pet (Haustier - house animal)


    Thanks, for a moment I almost draw a parallel with my culture where people do ask politely for the health of their cat (or dog or...).


    Would "How are your cats?" translate as this? "Wie geht es euren Katzen?"


    Die Katze is feminine and because this takes the dative case ( indirect object ), ' eure = eurer '. Also, ' is ' = accusative case ( direct object ).


    why is it "eurer" instead of "deiner" It is referring to a single cat so should't singular form of you be used


    It's not about the object, but rather who possesses the object(s). Here we're talking to the plural 'you' (or y'all, for those who use it) about one cat, thus 'Wie geht es eurer Katze?'. I could also ask y'all how all your cats are doing, with 'Wie get es euren Katzen?'


    Shouldn't this translate to "How is y'all cat?"


    If you were to translate this into "southern" it would be "How is y'all's cat?"


    Your translation is still being marked as incorrect for me.


    is "y'all" an english word?


    It means "you all". Used for getting the attention of a group of people.


    Yes, translating into Southern English, this would translate into:

    How is y'all's cat?

    Or in direct translation it's:

    How goes it (for) y'all's cat?

    Katze is feminine so it uses "Die" but because we're talking about how it goes for their cat, we change "Die" into the genitive "D(er)" which corresponds with "euer". :)

    Wie geht's euer Katze?


    In other sentences, "y'all" and "y'all's" has been accepted for me. Is there a German speaker who can clarify why "How is y'all's cat" would be marked incorrect?


    I said 'Is your cat doing well?' I think that should be correct. It was marked wrong. Why please?


    Your question would translate to "Geht es eure Katze gut?". Asking how someone is, while similar in meaning, is linguistically different than asking if someone is well.


    I strongly believe that Duolingo made a grammatical mistake. It should be " Wie geht es euerer Katze?" The possesive pronouns are : mein,dein,sein,ihr,unser,euer,ihr,Ihr. Those are the root words that you give the ending that belong to the gender and the case. We have the dativ case with the female gender. The ending is, in this case and gender; +er. So we get euer(the root word) +er gives us "euerer Katze". This is the explanation I get in my grammatik book from 1962. Is it possible that those rules have changed over time, and now "euer" gets accepted as correct?


    There is no grammatical mistake, but there are some linguistic conventions that, once understood, help to make sense of it all. You are right that, following the rules, the form would yield "euerer". However, that is not easy to say, and so over time linguistic simplification occurred, so we now see "eurer" (note: not euer). It is similar in the comparative of 'teuer'. Logically we would add -er to make it 'more expensive', but in this same linguistic tendency, the cumbersome "teuerer" becomes "teurer"


    Thank you for the clear explanation. Just what I needed.


    Duolingo says "how are my friends" is wrong, but "how is your cat" is okay.

    Make up your mind!


    I'm not sure where your confusion comes from on this particular exercise, since "die Katze" is the cat. "How are my friends" would be "Wie geht es meinen Freundin(nen)"


    My cat is absolutely fine


    Sprinkles is still dead :'( DWIGHT killed it!

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