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"A man and a boy"

Translation:Ein Mann und ein Junge

January 20, 2018



Can someone help, i am confused about when to use ein and when to use eine


"Ein" is used before masculine nouns, eg. Ein Mann, ein Junge. "Eine ist used before feminine nouns, eg. Eine Frau, eine Mutter (a woman, a mother). Ein is also used before neuter verbs, eg Ein Buch, ein Auto.


To expand this explanation (which is completly correct). The explanationw as for the nominative. Ein/eine/eines changes according to the gender and the kasus.


Ein is masculine


Eine is used for feminine and ein is used for maculine as well as neutral


You use in for masculin (male) and eine for feminine (female) words. Sometimes it is random thougb


why are Mann and Junge capitalized?


Nouns are always capitalized in german


Nouns are capitalised, whether that's Pizza or Mann or something else


Why not use "Einer Mann"? I thought Ein is for neutral nouns.


Why not use "Einer Mann"? I thought Ein is for neutral nouns.

No. ein is used before masculine and neuter nouns.


I cannot see where I am wrong. Ein is masculine for a and both nouns are masculine


What did you write?


Und is pronounced like unt right?


Und is pronounced like unt right?

That's right.

Consonants are devoiced at the end of German words, which means that /b d g z v/ sounds turn into [p t k s f], e.g. Grab und Zug Laus brav are pronounced the same as if they were written Grap unt Zuk Lauß braf.


Well, it does have a "d" sound in it. The "d" and "t" sounds are similar, however, try to stay with und, instead of pronouncing it "unt."


Where sind and seid used


'sind' is used when you are using the word 'wir' or 'Sie' and 'seid' is used when using the word 'ihr' It goes like this = Ich Bin, Du bist, Er/Sie/Es ist, Wir sind, Ihr seid, Sie sind.


This should really be "Einen Mann und einen Junge".

einen = masculine

eine = feminine

ein = neuter


einen is masculine accusative -- but there is no context that would require this to be accusative.

In the absense of any context, we translate in the nominative case -- where ein is used before both masculine and neuter nouns.

ein Mann, ein Junge (masculine), ein Mädchen, ein Kind (neuter)


I have been typing Mann with an accent over "a", but now it is telling me to mind my accents. Are there certain times when an accent is to be used?


a and ä are different letters, just like l and t are different letters -- a t is not just "an l with an accent".

So yes, there are certain times when you use a and certain times when you use ä.

For example, Mann (man: singular) always has a, Männer (men: plural) always has ä. Like how in English "lip" (on your mouth) always has l and "tip" (point) always has t.

It's part of the spelling of the word -- and, as with lip/tip, can make the difference between two completely different words. An example in German is schon (already) versus schön (beautiful).

And as with l/t, a/ä stand for different sounds.


Thank you! That makes perfect sense. I was able to catch on when to use other phrases/letters but that one was stumping me.

I would have worded this better but I have trouble remembering the ä alt code on my PC. Lol.

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