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"Die Studentin hat eine Katze."

Translation:The university student has a cat.

March 19, 2013



So far schoolgirl was acceptable for "Studentin", and in this example it is not. I am confused...

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    "schoolgirl" and "pupil" should not have been accepted. The word "Student(in)" only covers university students.


    So university students aren't pupils? Tutors have pupils, and those pupils can be any age in English.


    The pronunciation difference between Studenten/Studentin please?


    I don't know if there is any subtle pronunciation difference, but you can tell by the verb that follows. Die Studentin ist, but Die Studenten sind. In other words, if it is die Studentin, the verb will always be singular, but if it is die Studenten, the verb will always be plural.


    Katze is feminine, is there a masculine version of this word?


    Even a male cat is "eine Katze", which is grammatically feminine.


    When talking about animals and nouns, the gender is strictly grammatical. When talking about people/occupations/etc., the gender is specific to the person. So you don't have neuter for things like the student, but the horse is "das Pferd" regardless of physical gender


    Der Kater means male cat, or tom cat. If you refer to any cat, you use Katze, but when the sex/gender is important, you can use Kater.


    Why does Duo feel the need to request "university student". Where I come from (Ireland) the word "student" only refers to people that go to third level institutes


    True for South Africa as well. A student is not a pupil here.


    Look at the others comments. Many people claim there's no association in English with students and the level of study/learning. So I think Duo is doing a good thing here to illustrate the difference of use and meaning in German.


    As an English speaker I'm not used to making a difference between university students vs younger students, I don't think I ever even thought about it once! It kind of seems just weird to me, anyone feel this way?


    It it like that:? Der student Die studenten (F)

    Die studentin Die studentinen (M) !?


    Der Student = the student (male) | Die Studenten = the students (male or mixed) | Die Studentin = the student (female) | Die Studentinnen = the students (female) |

    And they all refer to university students.


    why undergraduate isn't good?

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      How do you know she's not a grad student?


      I heard "ein Kater" is male form for Katze. Isn't it?


      It's not the male form if the word cat, but a male cat. The direct translation being Tomcat (so not a word that you can use for neutered male cat).


      Why, if student can be either schüler or student, does Duolingo say that studentin is the only acceptable form?


      This has been briefly covered already, but Schülerin refers to a school girl (not in university) while Studentin refers specifically to a female student who is studying at a university.


      How can one write "female student"?


      It would be nice if Duo would tell the learner about specific rules. Such as der Schüler(m)/die Schülerin(f) =pupil or grade school child and that der Student(m)/die Studentin(f) = is ONLY for collage or university student. American english doesn't have this rule. As a rule the ending -in ,is added to nouns to indicate a female person. For example Schülerin, Studentin, Arbeiterin, Freundin, Chefin etc.


      Many lessons have tips and notes, but they are currently only available if you use the web version.

      I wish they would be made available to users of the mobile apps as well.


      the student has a cat why wrong?


      "The student has a cat." is one of the accepted English translations of this German sentence.


      The pronunciation of "Studenten" is wrong

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