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"Die Jungen trinken Wasser" - how do we decide the verb trinken ends with 'en'?

September 16, 2017

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The word 'jungen' is the plural form of 'junge', so it means 'the boys', which is the equivalent of 'they'.

In German, 'Sie trinken' = they drink.

Whenever it's 'they' it's -en at the end.

September 16, 2017

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They drink water. sie trinken Wasser. Die Jungen are sie. So you use the third person plural which is trinken.

September 16, 2017

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Sir, how's die Jungen equivalent to sie? Nothing about that is mentioned in notes section.

September 16, 2017

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HI. You ask how "die Jungen" is equivalent to "sie" which is the pronoun for plural "they". Imagine a conversation like this: The boys are kicking the ball. Who are kicking the ball? They are kicking the ball. Once you have identified you are speaking about a plural noun you can substitute a plural pronoun when you refer to them later. Thus "sie" can stand for "die Jungen" Hope that helps a little. I don't know your Muttersprache - I hope my English is at the right level for you.

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German is my native language. But I checked it there in the course. Go to

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/The

and scroll down to "Conjugations of the verb sein (to be)" and there you find it in the last line of the chart.

they -en sie trinken

September 16, 2017

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Sie stands for she and for they

September 16, 2017
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