https://www.duolingo.com/._.Leonie._.

German numbers

Okay, so I'm not having trouble with the numbers themselves, I do know them, but one thing confuses me; why is it that I must include the der, die, or das for it? It askes me to translate (for example) 'the seventeen', rather than just 'seventeen', or 'the six' rather than 'six'. Is there any reason for this?

November 14, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/tanne101

I do not known. But numbers can be nouns. If they are used as noun you have to know the right articel. But when I think about it they are all femal, so it doesn`t make sense. In colloquial language numbers are often used without articles.

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thunder_Lighting

In general numerals get the die article. The article is more useful for when it is in a sentence and you just need to know the gender to properly use it. So i consider it more for sentence grammar rather than actually saying 'the six' instead of 'six'.

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Die Zahlen sind weiblich und Einzahl (Singular). Die Eins ist eine Zahl, die Zwei, die Drei und die Vier auch... Need more examples? ;-)

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

seventeen is just siebzehn. If you want to say "the 17" you mean "the (number) 17)" so it's "die siebzehn" as a special one.

Sometimes DL is a bit weird. Of course do we Germans count "eins, zwei, drei, ...". There is no way you will find one counting "die Eins, die Zwei, die Drei,...".

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Usually refers to bus lines if you use the numbers with article ;-). Or to player numbers in sports...

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Leonie - I don't know why anyone would down-vote your answer. I up-voted and give you a Lingot.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/._.Leonie._.

Thank you :)

November 16, 2017
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