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"Your girl plays."

Translation:Dein Mädchen spielt.

March 20, 2013



When is dein meant to be used?


Dein is the familiar second person possessive adjective used for masculine and neuter gender words. 'Mädchen' is always neuter gender because of the "-chen" at the end. Whenever a word takes the "-chen" it automatically becomes neuter gender.


ohhh thank you


why not 'deine'? Mädchen is plural form, so as 'deine'. and 'dein' is for the singular


Bear in mind that 'Mädchen' is both the singular and the plural form.


Yeah, I know. And it's my fault - I misunderstood the sentence. It seemed to me that it was 'our girlS play', not 'our girl plays'


I read it as your girlS play too instead of your girl plays. :-\


Why is not possible to say "eur Mädchen spielt"?


"Euer Mädchen spielt" is also correct.


Or, of course, the third possible variant: "Ihr Mädchen spielt."


Can "Ihr" really be used in this case? That doesn't seem right to me.


Yes, it can.

"Ihr" translates to a multitude of words in English:

  1. You (formal).

  2. Her.

  3. Their.

So, the sentence "Ihr Mädchen spielt" translates to one of the following:

"Your girl plays,"

"Her girl plays" or

"Their girl plays."

Actually there is a fourth variant possible that this sentence could translate to: "You girls play," which could either be meant as an observation or an invitation/request.

Though, the observation would probably be said as "You girls are playing" to express the immediacy of the action.

So, whereas in the first three translations the speaker is addressing one or more than one person and talks about his, her or their girls, in the fourth variant the speaker addresses the girls themselves as in "Hey, you girls are playing" (observation) or "Hey, you girls play now" (invitation).


I would say so (with my limited knowledge). Imagine talking to parents, "Ihr Mädchen spielt" works in this context because you are addressing both of the parents.


I think what you mean is euer Mädchen spielt.

Ihr Mädchen spielt corresponds to the formal you, but you are correct in a way because the formal you is singular and plural, so it wouldn't matter if you address a single parent or multiple. One thing to note is that the Ihr has to be capitalized.


Isn't Kind a neuter gender word? Why "Dein Kind spielt" isn't right?


Kind means child, not girl. So, the translation of "your girl plays" is "dein Mädchen spielt."

However, if you're asking whether "dein Kind spielt" is a correct sentence, independent of the sentence at hand, then, yes it is.


Is there any website, anyone aware of, which can give a detailed view of these pronouns?


a website, no, but an app I found called "die der das" gives a great rundown of the rules


Thanks Frozenfoxfire


Why not "Ihre Mädchen spielt"? Just a few moments ago I've met "Ihre Frau"...


'Mädchen' is a neuter noun - it requires 'Ihr', rather than 'Ihre'. 'Ihre' works with 'Frau' because 'Frau' is a feminine noun.

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