https://www.duolingo.com/Ataraxia2320

Why is it "mit den Jungs" rather than "mit dem Jungs"

Was recently going through the dative case module and it asked me to translate the sentence:

"The chicken plays with the boys"

Into german.

So I typed down my answer as: Der Hähnchen spielt mit dem Jungs?

Duolingo tells me that this is however incorrect as it's in the acc. case. Now I understand the whole concept of why it should be acc. but I was always told that Mit is a dative preposition. If that is the case then shouldn't it be dem (Jungs is masc, mit is dative)?

I know i am probably wrong here, but this is why I'm asking.

July 3, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/lucie.white
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It is dative, but Jungs is plural, so it takes the plural form den.

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/dgirllamius

just asked my boyfriend this as I thought the same when I read it. Boys is plural (die Jungs) so you're taking the plural dative of die which is den. Hope that makes sense.

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Ataraxia2320

Thanks guys, I feel a bit dumb now. Thanks for the answer.

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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In addition to what the others said: It has to be 'Das Hähnchen' (neuter).

July 4, 2012
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