Der is the definite article for masculine nouns. Kind is a neuter noun so its definite article is das.
Das is for neutral Die for feminine Der for masculine It is right ?
Porque aparece como erro quando eu respondo DAS KIND, não estou compreendendo, onde está o erro?
tem que diferenciar letras maiúsculas de minúsculas. No alemão isso é importante.
I thought Das and Die use for feminine nouns. How can I know which are neutral nouns and which are feminines? I just added German for a new language to learn. I learn also Italian, Spanish and French. Danke!
All German nouns can be grammatically masculine, feminine, or neuter -- including inanimate objects.
In general, there's no "reason" behind the grammatical gender of a given noun; we just say it the way we learned it from our parents.
To a German child, die Sonne (the sun) is feminine and der Mond (the moon) is masculine, but to a French child, it would be just the opposite (le soleil, la lune). Their grammatical gender is not assigned using any objective universal logic; it's just a result of the history of the language.
So the fact that Löffel (spoon), for example, is masculine is just a fact that you have to learn when you learn the word.
Nouns referring to humans often have a grammatical gender matching the natural gender (i.e. masculine nouns for male humans, feminine nouns for female humans), but even that is not absolute -- for example, das Mädchen "the girl" is grammatically neuter and die Person "the person" is grammatically always feminine even if the person is male.
Junge is not a neuter word; it is masculine.
Mädchen is a neuter word because of the ending -chen.
In general, the grammatical gender of a word need not have anything to do with the natural gender.
Another example is die Person which is feminine, even though a person can be male or female.
I really need someone to clarify when and why we use der, das, & die cuz I'm really getting confused. Thnx in advance :)
We use der for masculine nouns, die for feminine and plural nouns, and das for neuter nouns. It takes some practice :)
I cant understand that "the" is said in differtent ways for man woman boy and girl pls explain each
You use der for masculine nouns, die for feminine nouns and plural nouns, and das for neuter nouns which include girl and child.
Just wondering - from what I can work out, 'die' is used for feminine nouns and 'das' for nouns that do not have a gender - so why is 'das' used for Mädchen (girl) and not 'die'? Thanks x
All nouns have a grammatical gender -- masculine, feminine, or neuter.
The grammatical gender does not necessarily have anything to do with natural gender (male, female, not alive).
das Mädchen "the girl" refers to female children but the noun has neuter grammatical gender.
die Person "the person" refers to persons whether male or female, but the noun is always feminine.
der Löffel "the spoon" refers to an inanimate object which is neither male nor female, but the word has masculine grammatical gender.
Learn the grammatical gender together with the word, as it's generally arbitrary.
Das is used for neuter nouns, Der is used for masculine nouns, and Die is used for feminine nouns and plural nouns :)
Can you say der/die Kind if you know it's a boy or a girl? I know there are Junge and Mädchen but i think they are for more grown children. Am i wrong?
Can you say der/die Kind if you know it's a boy or a girl?
The word Kind is always neuter.
I know there are Junge and Mädchen but i think they are for more grown children. Am i wrong?
I would say you are.
A 1-year-old can be ein Mädchen or ein Junge, as can a 17-year-old. And both the 1-year-old and the 17-year-old can be called ein Kind.
If anything, it's the other way around: I would say that mein Vater hat vier Kinder (my father has four children) but none of them are Mädchen or Jungen since we are all grown up now.
i.e. Kind can mean "person under 18" and also "immediate descendant" while Junge, Mädchen can only mean "male/female person under 18".