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Use of the word 'das' in German

What is the use of the word 'das' in the sentence 'Das ist ein Junge'. Shouldn't it be 'der' since Junge is a masculine noun?

February 15, 2018


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    "Das" in that sentence means "That", it's not related to the gender of the word. "THAT is a boy".

    "Junge" is indeed masculine.


    Das ist ein Junge = That is a boy.

    In this case, when used as "that", das remains das.


    Maybe you could justify it by thinking: Was ist das (Ding)? Das (Ding) ist ein Junge.

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