"The milk is by the cheese."
Translation:Die Milch ist bei dem Käse.
Yes Sharon, I tried "Die Milch ist neben dem Käse" but DL didn't like it. Can anyone tell us why?
Well, I'm no expert, but there is I believe a subtle difference. Neben means near, which could mean in the same aisle of the supermarket, whereas bei, means by, which suggests right next to it. I could be wrong and I'm sure a German speaker would use either. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Yeah, the difference is subtle indeed. I think neben is "next to" and near means "bei / in der Nähe von", but one thing is for sure: der Käse ist bei der Milch ;-)
According to the online dictionary Leo, neben means "beside/besides/next to/alongside/by/in addition to/adjacent to".
These pretty well all qualify in my book!
Käse is masculine, and "bei" is a dative preposition.
All dative prepositions (aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu) require the noun they introduce to be in the dative case.
As Käse is masculine, we use the dative masculine article "dem".
Can you explain what you mean by the third case? Also, why isn't it beim? (I'm guessing the answer to the first question will answer the second)
A noun after bei needs to be in the Dative case (and it's the third case taught by Duolingo, hence the third case), so "der Käse" would be "dem Käse".
Beim does work here: bei + dem = beim.
So now we can say:
Die Milch ist bei dem Käse.
Die Milch ist beim Käse.
"The milk is by the cheese"... ? Is that really correct? It doesn't sounds good to me. Maybe an idiom?
Ok, thank you! I never heard this way of speaking, so I was a bit surprised... Finally, I learned something. ^^ Have a nice evening. (:
Yes, that's correct. Example: "the veggies are on the cutting board, and the milk is by the cheese."
I wrote as the translation from English to German " Die Milch ist beim Käse". Duo marked it as correct and added the message "Another correct solution: Die Milch ist bei dem Käse" I found having this alternative correct answer really useful. It would be great if it could happen in other sentences.