Well, I've a question. But it is not related to "er, she, es". I'm wondering why my friends in Germany and Austria tell me "Pst" to quickly invite me to make silence/to shut up and to hear (to a noise, to the music, to birds, ...), while here I read it written in the English way: "Shh". Are both possible in Germany? Or is it an anglicism?
That was very confusing. Not only is the voice off, but by first receiving this phrase as audio, I could not figure out what the sentence was supposed to be. "Ihr sieht es?" No, bad conjugation. "Bier sie es?" What would that mean? I finally went with "Vier sie es," because the audio on this one is so bad.
I forgot to leave commas, but spelled everything right. I was still docked.
Duolingo ignores commas completely, as far as I know, so I would be highly surprised to hear that missing them out is the reason for being marked wrong.
Do you have a screenshot of your rejected answer? If you will share it with us by uploading it to a website somewhere and telling us the URL, perhaps we can help you find the real error.
Duo: "Type what you hear: 'Air, zee, ess'" Me: "Oh, that's Er, sie, es. It means 'He, she, it." Answering: [He, she, it.] INCORRECT, YOU ANSWERED IN ENGLISH.
Ok first off, you're punishing me for correctly understanding and translating your sample? Second off, you said "type what you hear" not "transcribe this voice sample into its original German."
The point of this site is to learn a language; taking points off for, well, doing so is a bit insane.
You wrote "... er and es dont they both can be used as it?"
They are not the same thing. You can use "er" for masculin words (grammatically speaking). And use "es" for "neuter" words.
For example: "I love Peter, he is a great man." could be "Ich liebe Peter, er ist ein toll Mensch."
But also (while Apfel is a masculin word): "I like this apple, it is so sweet." could be translated "Ich mag diesen Apfel, er ist so süß."
(I hope I didn't make mistakes…)
Anyway, this exercise requires a theorical, simple reply. So we simply have to put in the right order: he=er, she=sie, it=es
he she it = er sie es
Ah, my northern German accent strikes again.
For me, er, der, Herr all rhyme. Even sehr can have a short vowel (sehr gerne has the same vowel in the first two syllables, for example).
Anyway, reporting issues with the sound is pointless. There's no way for course contributors to tune or modify the sound. What you get is what you get.
How to prevent confusing "es" for "is" when it is actually "it"? Does anyone have any special tricks?
Switch off the microphone. That is what I did. The voice recognition is pretty bad and seemed to almost never work well for me. I would say a sentence correctly and it would tell me I was wrong, then other times I would say "bleh, blah, cough" and it would tell me that I was right.
Puppyperso1: no, not yay.
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The hints system easily gets confused.
In er, sie, es, er means "he".
Translating er as "it" is only in special circumstances -- nearly never on this course.
The hints system probably got confused because the correct answer does contain the word "it" -- but as the translation of es.
Sie with a capital letter is the formal "you" (so, you use it when you're talking to a person you don't know to show respect); if it's written in all lowercase, it means "she". Let me know if you understood, maybe I wasn't clear enough.
[Edited because I mistakenly said it's plural. ^^"]
Is there a German non binary term?
None that I have heard of.
Germany recently acknowledged a non-binary gender for ID cards or the like (so we now have the options "male - female - diverse") but I have no idea how one would refer to a "diverse" person grammatically: with what pronouns or what kind of nouns. Would you say Er ist ein Lehrer or Sie ist eine Lehrerin or Es ist ein Lehrer...what? ?
Binaryness is pretty firmly embedded in the language.
"it" in English is usually used for objects, not people.
In German, er, sie, es goes by grammatical gender, so es could refer to an object such as das Messer (the knife) or to a person such as das Mädchen (the girl) -- both nouns are masculine. Similarly, er could refer not only to a male person but also to a masculine noun such as der Löffel "the spoon".