https://www.duolingo.com/ierrose

Can anyone help me?

So I'm using this site alongside another to learn German, and I have gotten to -en endings in German for words such as diese and ein. Can anyone direct me to a name for this rule or explain it to me? I'm so confused and I can't really move forward until I figure this out.

9/11/2017, 3:38:52 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/LFG183608

The base word is Dies. In the nominative case:

-er = Masculine, e.g. Dieser Mann = this man

-e = Feminine, e.g. Diese Frau = this woman

-es = Neuter, e.g. Dieses Wasser = this water

-e = Plural, e.g. Diese Katzen = These cats

-en would be an accusative ending for Masculine singular nouns.

e.g. Ich mag diesen Mann = I like this man.

(I think I got this right, but I am a learner as well. If I made any mistakes, someone please correct me. Thanks.)

9/11/2017, 3:50:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ierrose

Thank you for the summary. I'll probably be referring back here when I am confused again.

11/7/2017, 5:03:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jimbo092

You need to know the German cases, or at least the nominative ,to move on.

Maybe this site can help you to understand them better: https://easy-deutsch.de/en/nouns/cases/

For your two examples I can link you to another website:

Demonstrative Pronouns (dies-): https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar/pronouns/demonstrative-pronouns

Articles + Indefinite Articles (der, die, das + ein-): https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar/nouns-and-articles/articles-noun-markers

I hope I could help you abit with those links

9/11/2017, 4:08:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ierrose

Thank you! I'll check them out. I need all the help I can get

11/7/2017, 5:02:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Raph56578

I'm not rlly sure cos I'm still a beginner because I'm trying to improve my German while learning it at school. Keep trying tho practice makes perfect!

9/11/2017, 4:35:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Übung macht den Meister. Idiom for "Practice makes perfect". Duo has this idiom for "Practice makes perfect": Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen.

I wonder if the second one is really used that much. Any native speakers out there that can answer this?

9/11/2017, 6:58:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jimbo092

Yes, both of the idioms are very common in Germany and are used quite frequently.

9/11/2017, 8:24:58 PM
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