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"Du trinkst die Milch."

Translation:You drink the milk.

March 20, 2013



If the milk is being acted upon, then why was "die" not changed?


Die doesn't change form in accusative case, only der does. http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum.htm

"Der becomes den, die becomes die (no change), das becomes das (no change), die (plural) becomes die (no change)."


How will i know that Apple is masculine (der->den will be used) & milk is feminine (die will be used) ? Do we have to just memorize genders for all the fruits/things or is there a way?


As far as I know, it's memorization. There are feminine nouns, masculine nouns and neuter nouns, that's just the way it is and you'll have to learn which gender it is for each noun. But you'll notice patterns while you learn: for example, you'll that every noun (or almost every noun) that ends with -ung is feminine; if ends with -chen, it's neuter (M├Ądchen for example). Search online and you'll see some interesting things.


Do I only use "trinkst" when followed by "Du"?


Du trinkst,

Sie trinken,

Ich trinke,

Ihr/sie/er/es trinkt.

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I believe the Trinkst is used in the (You form) Ex: Du trinkst das Wasser. Think of it in terms of Trink(st){Du Trinkst die Milch.} Trink(t){Der Mann Trinkt die Milch.} Trink(e){Ich Trinke das Wasser}. That how I got it down. Maybe it might help.


Why 'you are drinking the milk' is marked as wrong??


Come on guys, "You drink milk" it is the same in English


In English, it would not be proper to say "the" milk unless it was some very specific milk, e.g. mother brought some milk, so and so drank the milk (meaning that milk)


Trinkst and trinke. difference?


You just need to conjugate:

  • ich trinke
  • du trinkst
  • er/sie/es trinkt
  • wir trinken
  • ihr trinkt
  • sie;Sie trinken

It's a lot easier in English:

  • I drink
  • you drink (archaic: thou drinkest)
  • he/she/it drinks
  • we drink
  • you drink
  • they drink


It is very crazy. Why it can't be translated as "you're drinking milk"


Milch sounds like Lez. Very unclear.


For Er trinkt. why is "He is drinking" or He drinks some time right anf some time wrong.


How to understand if it is you drink or you are drinking because both is du trinkst.. please help


How to know if it's you drink or you are drinking as both are du trinkst.. please help


You drink milk should be okay!!


How on Earth can definite article THE be used with word milk?


Why is it "die Milch" instead of "das Milch"??? Whenever we had sentence about drinking water it's "das Wasser"


That's because Milch is a feminine noun. Every noun in German can be masculine, neuter or feminine. That means der, das, or die, respectively. It has nothing to do with what it is, nouns take them mostly at random.


How do we decide which noun is feminine and which one's masculine?


You don't decide. Each noun has a gender which you have to memorize, so it's a good idea to learn each noun with its the-word (der, das, die).


What is the difference between " Du trinkst die Milch" and " Du trinkst Milch" ?


You are drinking the milk. You are drinking milk. The presence of the definite article in front of milk means the first sentence is about specific milk. Both are correct, but used in different circumstances.


Why is die the form for the. I thought die was the feminine form and the neutral form would be das. I am not a language buff by any means so this may be a stupid question


I'm just starting, so apologies if I've missed something simple, but why is milk feminine? Are foods/drinks generally not neutral?


There are no reliable rules for that. You just have to learn the gender with the word. (there are some rues, but many many exceptions, IMHO not worth learning. The only reliable one: words ending in -chen and -lein are always neuter).


why die milch instead of das milch


Because it's feminine. All nouns take a gender and it is pretty random, doesn't always correspond to natural gender, if that is even had. In Nominative case, der is masculine the, das is neuter the and die is feminine the. Plural is die.


Wait, so...

der-nominative, musculine das-nominative, feminine/neutral die - feminine/neutral den - accusitative, musculine/neutral?

Also, is this the same thing with plural nouns/pronouns? Thank you


Hopefully this will help.


Could "You drank the milk" also be correct?


Drank is past tense. Trinkst is present tense.


I believe the proper word in English would be drunk not drank for past tense.


Apparently drunk is perfect past, but drank is just past, ... never knew that, I've always just, ... said it. 'o.O It's weird when you find out stuff like that about things you've said for yeeears.


Drink-Drank-Drunk. Swim-Swam-Swum. Begin-Began-Begun. Ring-Rang-Rung. Sing-Sang-Sung. As you can see, it's a pretty common form.

Edit: German has a similar pattern in many words.


Yes, and one not so easily noticed when it's just things you've said your entire life without putting much thought into it. Helping people with their English has forced me to think about these sorts of things though, which is kind of cool.


I don't think the milk is correct. Englishman usually says I drink milk


You have to read other comments. Germans would also generally say Du trinkst Milch, this is, however, a specific milk. I'll repeat an example I previously made: Are you drinking the milk I gave you? It's a bit confusing without context but it definitely means: You drink the milk.


I think it should be '' Du trinkst das milch" not Du trinkst die milch.


An education site trusted by millions wouldn't lie to you. Milch is feminine, check other comments before you post. Thanks!


Duolingo has been been wrongg before. All sites can make mistakes. To generalize like this is absurd


Sorry no, the Duolingo team is very unlikely to make a mistake having to do with gender (I started Duolingo years ago and have seen practically every sentence on here, I have never encountered an incorrect gender being used) or something simple like that.

Nevertheless, you could definitely say Duolingo makes mistakes, most commonly with sentences that, while still being grammatically correct, sound unnatural. Also, the Duolingo voice makes blatant mistakes all the time, but this is one they can't control.

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