"I thank our cook."

Translation:Ich danke unserer Köchin.

March 17, 2013



¿Can anybody explain me why "Ich danke unserer Köchin" is also correct? Thanks :D

March 17, 2013


it can be a female cook

March 17, 2013


but why I spell "Koch" is wrong answer?

June 6, 2019


Here 'unserer Köchin' is in dative, right? Why is it not accusative? Thanks.

July 16, 2016


It is dative -you are correct. There are a few verbs in German which always demand the dative. 'danken (to thank)' and 'helfen (to help)' are two very common ones. Some additional verbs and more explanation can be found here: http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_dativ.htm

July 18, 2016


Well, i put a male cook and it was not correct)) more and more i find this application dubious

November 13, 2017


Perhaps you had some part of the sentence incorrect (article, adjective ending, form of the verb, etc.). Though Duo isn't perfect, it's a good site/app, and gives you the option to report bugs and errors.

November 14, 2017


Interesting. So, some verbs in German trigger different cases? "Ich" is the subject and "Kochin" is the DO, correct. Thus, "Kochin" would normally be in the accusative? OR am I wrong and technically I give "Thanks" (DO) to our "cook" (IOP)?

April 7, 2016


You are right - 'danken', 'helfen', and other verbs do trigger the dative case, and these just have to be learned. There aren't too many you'd use very regularly though, so it's not too bad :)

April 11, 2016


Danke schön!

April 15, 2016


The sentence in English has no way to show it's a female cook, "ich danke unserer Koch" shouldn't also be correct?

November 12, 2017


"danken" is a verb which takes the dative, so whomever you thank will need the appropriate dative endings on all articles and adjectives. In this case, a male cook would be "ich danke unserem Koch" (der Koch, dat. dem Koch) and a female would be "ich danke unserer Köchin" (die Köchin, dat. der Köchin). I hope that helps.

November 12, 2017


Thank you Jess. That is really helpful. Whether I will remember it is another matter.

March 16, 2019


Thank you, I made a mistake because I didn't realize that the possessive adjective available was feminine.

November 19, 2017


"Ich danke unserem Koch" is correct for a male cook. Don't forget-its Dative...

February 21, 2019


Warum wurde nicht "Chef" benutzt hier? Es wurde abgelehnt.

March 13, 2017


The German term "der Chef/die Chefin" is "the boss (i.e.; employer); chief" in English. A cook is "der Koch/die Köchin". The term "chef" meaning "head cook" in English comes from the French 'chef', short for 'chef de cuisine', literally "head of the kitchen" (see etymonline.com). If you want to specify the head cook in German, you can use "der Chefkoch/die Chefköchin".

March 13, 2017

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    hi, would "ich bedanke meinen Koch" be correct?

    April 17, 2017


    No, 'bedanken' is reflexive and structures differently in a sentence. This one would be "Ich bedanke mich bei meinem Koch / bei meiner Köchin."

    April 17, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      Ich bedanke mich bei dir also :)

      April 17, 2017


      Why : "Ich danke unserem Koch" is wrong? Thank you

      March 21, 2019


      It should be accepted. Best to use the 'Report' function to send the information to Duo.

      March 26, 2019
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