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"A child and a man"

Translation:Ein Kind und ein Mann

December 22, 2017



What is the difference between" ein " and " eine "?


ein is used before masculine nouns and neuter nouns.

eine is used before feminine nouns.

The grammatical gender of each noun has to be learned, as it's usually not obvious.

In this sentence, Kind is neuter and Mann is masculine, so both of them take ein.


"ein" is for masculine nouns like "Kind" while "eine" is for feminine nouns like "Frau"

In many languages genders are incoherently assiged to nouns depending on how the noun is associated and the behavior associated with the word.

An appropriate note to place here is that the word "Mädchen" is a nuter noun and will use "ein" not "eine"

If your still confused the I suggest reading the Wikipedia article about gramatical genders in nouns here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_gender


"ein" is for masculine nouns


like "Kind"

Kind is not masculine. It's neuter. You would say das Kind, for example, not der Kind.

ein Kind is correct, though, since ein is used not only for masculine nouns but also for neuter ones.


Ein = männlich,eine = weiblich


Ein is for male eine is for female


Ein is for male eine is for female

No. It's got very little to do with whether we're talking about male people or female people or inanimate objects -- it depends only on the grammatical gender of the noun.

So eine Person (feminine Person even if the person is male), ein Mädchen (neuter Mädchen even though girls are female).


I think ein i used for boy girl or man and eine is used for woman


For a girl eine is used



The German word for "girl" is Mädchen and that word is grammatically neuter, so you say ein Mädchen with the neuter form ein before it.


The audio mispronounces "Kind", using a long i sound like the English word "kind" and not a short i sound like the English word "kid".


Ugh, yes. I just encountered this for the first time. What a weird mistake for the TTS machine to make!


Correct. Audio for Kind is total wrong. What the guy said would be Kant and isn't a word in german. Could be at least the name of Immanuel Kant. 19.11.27


Mine sounds like something totally different... that I probably shouldn't repeat here


There is a slight error here. The voice pronounces Kind like "Keind"


I fully agree


It pronounces it like the English word "kind". Das TTS System hat mal wieder zu viel gesoffen. :/


Can anyone tell me why Mann, Frau, etc. are capitalized?


As a rule in German, all nouns are capitalized. It's just the way the language deals with them, there's no particular reason for doing so, as far as I know.


Please check the prononciation that is being recorded... For the German word Kind pronounced as kind in English! As if an English speaker had recorded this lol


How do I pronounce ein kind and ein mann


"Ein" sounds similar to English "rind" without the r or d. Kind sounds similar to English "kilt" with an n instead of an l. Mann has a vowel sort similar to that in don, but a bit more foreward.

Note: These are only approximations, and I speak American English, so if you're not from the US (even if you are, it's a big country) these may not be the best examples for you. The only surefire way to learn pronunciation is by listening to native speakers and trying to copy theirs.


Let me pronounce ein kind and ein mann, a kid and a man


How do you accent the M in Madchen


bazzer.zip, I am sorry, but I don't understand your question. How does one "accent an m"?


How does one "accent an m"?

Like this: ḿ


rofl This is getting close to /r/maliciouscompliance. :D

Sorry, I didn't mean to be snarky. Looking at bazzer's question again, the thought suddenly struck me they might have mistyped and wondered about the umlaut ä? (If so, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%84#Computer_encoding might help.)


male voice always pronounce "Kind" as "Keind" when placing word, but reading it correctly when reading a question.


can you say 'ein Kind und Mann' in speech? the way you can do it in English (a child and man)


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Whats wrong with "ein kind und einen mann" ? I get that things like -en are used in dative cases but I cant seem to grasp of how they work and where exactly theyre used.


"Einen Mann" would be used in the Accusative case, which is normally when it is the direct object of a sentence. Most articles stay the same as Nominative in Accusative, except for masculine articles, which add -en. So for example, you would say "Der Fisch isst das Gemüse," but you would say "Ich esse den Fisch."

Article endings in the Dative case get a little more tricky, but masculine articles (along with neuter) take -em endings. The -en ending used in dative is for plural articles, and feminine takes -er. So "Ich spreche mit dem Mann" or "Ich spreche mit dem Mädchen" or "Ich spreche mit der Frau" or "Ich spreche mit den Männer." This won't be important until later, though, so don't worry about memorizing it all yet.


I have a doubt: would a real German speaker pronounce the word 'Kind' this way ?


Nope. TTS just got that wrong.


Kind was incorrectly pronounced by Duo


Both the boy and the man are in the nominative .


What is the difference between eine und ein


Shouldn't the sentence use "einen Mann"? That's what I learned in German class for when a masculine noun is in the sentence. I feel like it should be correct whether I use ein or einen on it.


It's the Nominative case by default. 'Ein Mann.'


Whe would you use einen, is that only when conjugated with a verb and then a masculine Noun?


TylerD021: 'Einen' is the article for a singular masculine noun in the accusative case. For example: 'I see a man' = 'Ich sehe einen Mann'.


there is no Ein starting with a capital


@DSBlack: I believe Duo recently removed those "obligatory" capitals because people felt it was too obvous a clue on how a sentence was supposed to start (since there usually was only a single capitalized word in languages other than German where nouns aren't also capitalized).


Thank you :D This was very nice of you replying to my question, know I know the conclusion


Why is Mann capitalized


Because all nouns are capitalised in German.


"Ein Mann" or "Einen Mann?"


"Ein Mann" or "Einen Mann?"

  • ein Mann in the nominative case
  • einen Mann in the accusative case

Without context, when just quoting a word, use the nominative case.


Ein Junge und ein Mann


To whoever downvoted this:

  • the child = das Kind (boy or girl)

  • der Junge = the boy (not "a young person"!)

  • das Mädchen = the girl

There are some contexts where you can use e.g. "ein Junger" = "a young (normally male) person" or "eine Junge" = "a young female person" ("Ein Junger würde das können" = "A young person would be able to do that") (also: "ein Junges" = the child of an animal); or "die Jungen lieben ihre Smartphones" = "the young people (as opposed to the old ones) love their smartphones"; but you would tend to avoid it because/if a) some of them sound unnatural, and/or b) it's misleading.

Again: while "der Junge" could, in certain contexts, without gender-sensitive phrasing, mean "the young one", "ein Junge" is always "a boy", and "a young person, a young one" would be "ein Junger".


Why are all nouns capitalized?


It's just a grammar rule in German, like the rule that the first word of a sentence is always capitalised that it shares with English.

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