"Die Jungen trinken Wasser."

Translation:The boys drink water.

March 22, 2013



In this sentence why is it "Die Jungen"?? Can someone answer this???

May 16, 2013


Use "die" for plural nouns, even masculine ones :)

May 16, 2013


Ok, thx a lot! I've been confused about this until now

December 24, 2013


So, the reason it is "trinken" instead of "trinkst" is because the subject is plural?

January 25, 2018


Because it's a plural noun phrase, yes -- so the verb has the third person plural form trinken rather than third person singular trinkt or second person singular trinkst (which would be for du "you").

January 25, 2018

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    Surely "trinkst" is second person singular, "Du trinkst". Third person singular is "trinkt".

    January 26, 2018


    This is probably a really bad question, but how exactly is the difference between second person singular and third person singular?

    March 4, 2019


    Oops, there was still an error -- I tried to fix it again.

    Second person singular is du trinkst with -st.

    Third person singular is er/sie/es trinkt with just -t.

    March 5, 2019


    Its the boy

    May 23, 2017


    why do we use trink-en here? I'm missing the basics on this.

    July 20, 2014


    "die Jungen" is plural (the boys), you can replace it with the plural "sie" so it becomes trink + en. Check the tips and notes from the basic 1 or 2, I believe it gives tips on verb endings IIRC.

    October 6, 2014

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      Would this be for all plurals? Using the plural "sie" that is i.e. "sie = they"

      September 25, 2016


      What is the difference the 3 of them, trinkst, trinken, trinkt.

      July 25, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        German verbs change depending on the person or people they refer to. So, "You drink" is "Du trinkst", "We drink" is "Wir trinken", "He drinks is "Er drinkt", "The man drinks" is "Der Mann drinkt", and so on.

        July 26, 2017


        Thank you!!! Very helpfull! Now i got it

        July 8, 2017


        Native German speakers apparently find it weird when you say "Jungen" and not "Jungs". Is it a regional thing or a generational thing?

        January 24, 2014


        "Jungs" is something like guys and "Jungen" is the plural for boys

        February 2, 2015


        Jungen is the correct form here. Jungs, you can use in spoken language.

        August 18, 2014


        What is the difference between all the forms of trinket

        February 25, 2017


        How can you know the difference between "the boys drink water" and "the boys are drinking water"?

        February 15, 2017


        There's apparently a lack of distinction between those particular tenses in German - both of them would translate to the same thing.

        June 29, 2017

        [deactivated user]

          Trinkt, trinken, trinkst, trinke; when to use which one?

          January 29, 2017


          Can someone help me, when we use trinkt, trinkts, trinke, etc.?

          October 3, 2016


          ich trinke | du trinkst | er/sie(she)/es trinkt | wir trinken | ihr trinkt | Sie(you formal)/sie(they) trinket |

          Jungen can be replaced with sie (they); therefore, we use trinken.

          April 6, 2017


          I wish they would show the verb forms like that when they introduce a verb. At least link to them.

          June 19, 2017



          September 22, 2017


          but you wrote that sie(they) is trinket, no?

          April 12, 2017



          June 4, 2017


          This really helped me understand better thankyou

          September 22, 2017


          I wrote "die Junger trinken Wasser", but they didn't correct me on the "Junger" but on the "die" which wasn't capitalized, saying: 'In nominative case, use "Die" for undefined nouns like "Jungen"'. what did I do wrong?

          March 22, 2013


          Thanks for reporting! You did indeed get the wrong message there. These are about to become much better. Promise! :-)

          March 22, 2013


          Please Do an Update on the German with added content that has some real people saying the words as well. Also you guys should come up with another app for people to search for partners practice with and such

          January 10, 2016


          That would be awesome i agree that should happen

          September 22, 2017


          You obviously broke Duolingo. It is indeed "Die Jungen". "junger" is an adjective, not a noun. I have no explanation for Duo's shenanigans.

          March 22, 2013


          Why "The children drink water" is not correct?

          June 15, 2014


          Im glad to know somebody else feels my pain about young'uns. Evidently its a completely different word than the one we use here.

          March 7, 2015


          because Jungen means "boys". Kind means child, Kinder means children.

          July 20, 2014


          Why is das wasser not used ?

          November 3, 2014


          I guess because the boys are just drinking water, not drinking the water.

          November 6, 2014


          What is the difference between trinkt trinken trinkst

          October 20, 2016

          [deactivated user]

            I'm sure I remember that when I learned German in school, "boy" was "Knabe". Has that word gone out of use?

            March 29, 2017


            Yes, that's outdated. It turns ub in old stories and poems and maybe old proverbs. Rather like "Mägdelein" vs "Mädchen".

            June 9, 2017


            "trinken" usually means 'drinking'. So how would a person say "the boys are drinking water" if "die junge trinken Wasser" means 'the boys drink water'?

            March 22, 2019


            die Jungen trinken Wasser can be translated either as "the boys are drinking water" or as "the boys drink water".

            (Standard) German does not make a difference here.

            March 22, 2019


            Okay cool. Thanks. So why is it "die Junge trinken (drink)" and not "die Junge trinkt (drink)"?

            March 22, 2019


            It's not die Junge, it's die Jungen (the boys) -- plural. Thus you need the third-person plural verb trinken.

            der Junge trinkt would be "the boy drinks / the boy is drinking" -- the singular "the boy" is der Junge (Junge is grammatically masculine in German). And since it's singular, you need the third-person singular verb trinkt here.

            Like the difference between "the boy is drinking" with "is" versus "the boys are drinking" with "are", depending on whether it's one boy or many.

            March 22, 2019


            How do we pronounce 'Jungen' ? What I could hear sounds like 'Youmen'. Am i mistaken ?

            December 9, 2013


            It's more like "yoong-en" I can almost hear The Village People Playing in the background! :-)

            December 9, 2013


            I know. Here in the south we refer to children in general as young'uns and so I keep getting mixed up on both the spelling and the meaning of the word.

            March 7, 2015


            How about "The kids drink water." ? Are "die Jungen" always boys? I thought "Jungen" meant "youths".

            March 20, 2014


            For "the kids" its better if you put "Die Kinder"

            July 25, 2014


            I put young instead of boys and they counted it as incorrect....i thought they were interchangrable... Help?

            March 23, 2014


            Thats only in the US and UK that you use a y. They use a J in Germany.

            March 7, 2015


            Jungen vs Jungs? Saw a sign in Germany when the national team went home after there world cup Victory. It reads "Danke, Jungs" Thanks boys. When to use?

            July 16, 2014


            Jungen vs jungs which one do we use and in which context, especially after seeing the sign on tv after the world cup?

            August 20, 2014


            I think it should be better changes sometimes "Trinken" , "Wasser" with something else.I find them too many times,too simple answer correctly. But thank you for your work! =)

            February 2, 2015


            It's the right way to learn a language, actually. The repetition!

            October 3, 2015


            i keep putting "children" instead of "boy" whats children?

            March 20, 2015


            children is Kinder (singular: Kind)

            May 9, 2015


            I have a problem in speak this word "junge" any help??

            July 3, 2015


            Geez didnt know it was boys instead of boy

            December 12, 2015


            Why can't we say, the boy DRANK water..?

            January 20, 2016


            Because that is past tense, but the German sentence uses the present tense.

            January 10, 2018


            Trink is drink .. what are 2nd & 3rd forms . And its variations. According to gender & plurals . a little help.

            March 11, 2016


            How about the form of this verb for He/er and she/sie?

            April 30, 2016


            Why can this not be Sie Jungen trinken Wasser since this is also plural

            June 8, 2016


            That would be as if you said, "They boys drink water".

            sie is a pronoun, "they".

            die is (here) an article, "the".

            January 10, 2018


            Why wasser use "trinken" and milch use "trinkst"? , And when i have to use "trinkt"? Help me pls

            January 3, 2017


            Can someone explain trinken/trinkst/all of those??? So confused rn.........

            March 26, 2017


            confused with all the drinking parts

            March 31, 2017


            What about tense and verb. Drink drank drinking etc.. how does trink express different tense?

            April 14, 2017

            [deactivated user]

              That will come in a later lesson.

              April 14, 2017


              Why does it ' drink 'water why not drinks watet

              May 7, 2017

              [deactivated user]

                Because it says, "Die Jungen" (the boys), and in English it would not be correct to say, "The boys drinks water".

                May 8, 2017


                How many times do we need to do im am drinking you are dinking i drink

                May 23, 2017


                What is the diffrence between Trinkt and Trinken and all that

                May 28, 2017

                [deactivated user]

                  It is the way verbs work in German. In English, verbs usually change very little. For example in the present tense of "to drink", we have: I drink, you (singular) drink, he drinks, she drinks, it drinks, we drink, you (plural) drink, they drink. But in German, the verb endings differ much more depending on the noun or pronoun the verb accompanies. That is why there are forms like "trinkt" and "trinken".

                  May 29, 2017


                  when do I use trinkt/ trinken?

                  June 19, 2017

                  [deactivated user]

                    If you mean "When should I use "trinkt" and when should I rather use "trinken"? the answer is that "trinkt" is for third person singular (er, sie, es, or in English, he, she, it) and "trinken" is for plurals, like wir, Sie, Ihr (in English, we, you, they).

                    June 19, 2017


                    Sometimes, duolingo uses 'drink' and sometimes 'are drinking' as the translation for the same form trinken. That is confusing, I mean, we should now when to use Present Simple and Present Continuous.

                    July 23, 2017


                    How do you know when to use the different types of drink

                    August 3, 2017

                    [deactivated user]

                      Not quite sure what you mean. If you meant, "How do we know when to use "trinkst", when to use "trinkt, when to use "trinken", and so on, it's just part of learning German to learn that for instance, "du" has "trinkst", "wir" has "trinken" and so on.

                      August 4, 2017


                      I dont get it because it says trinken why not trintst???? PLEASE HEKP

                      November 10, 2017


                      du trinkst (you drink) but sie trinken (they drink) and so also die Jungen trinken (the boys drink) because there are many of them.

                      November 10, 2017


                      Sometimes i don't understand if it's trinken or trinkt or trinkst

                      November 28, 2017

                      [deactivated user]

                        It all depends on who is drinking. "I drink" is "Ich trinke", "You (singular) drink" is "du trinkst", "he (or she, or it, or the cat, or Simon, or....) drinks is "Er (or sie, or es, or die Katze, or Simon, or ...) trinkt", "We drink" is "wir trinken", "You (plural) drink" is "Sie trinken", and "They (or the cats, or Simon and Hans, or ....) drink" is "Sie (or die Katzen, or Simon und Hans, or ....) trinken".

                        November 29, 2017


                        "you (plural) drink" is ihr trinkt in the informal form.

                        Sie trinken could be singular or plural but is always formal.

                        November 29, 2017

                        [deactivated user]

                          Sorry - my fault entirely, and I knew that really. Apologies for the confusion!

                          November 29, 2017


                          My answer is correct but it says it's wrong.

                          January 9, 2018

                          [deactivated user]

                            Are you sure you put exactly the same as the correct answer, "Die Jungen trinken Wasser"? If you did, and it was marked wrong, report it.

                            January 9, 2018


                            In using the program on an Ipdad I am not seeing the full list of answer options. I can only therefore select the wrong answer. As the question has not been answered correctly the question repeats, again with no correct answer option & repeats continue until you exit

                            February 6, 2018


                            Is this an exercise where you have a "word bank" at the bottom and have to tap the right words in the right order to make a sentence that translates Duo's sentence?

                            Which words do you have available?

                            I'm also confused by your use of the phrase "the wrong answer", implying that there is exactly one possible wrong answer.

                            Can you provide a screenshot, perhaps, please?

                            February 7, 2018


                            originally answered "the boys are drinking water" amd was corrected: "the boys DRINK water" is there a distinction here that i'm missing?

                            February 15, 2018


                            "The boys are drinking water" and "The boys drink water" are both accepted translations for this sentence.

                            German doesn't make a distinction here.

                            February 15, 2018


                            Are there different ways to say «He's drinking» and «He drinks» ?

                            June 15, 2018


                            No. Those are said the same way in German.

                            June 15, 2018


                            Well, I typed in "the boy is drinking" and it said it was wrong and the correct is "the boy drinks"

                            December 20, 2018


                            I hope it did not say that, because that would be a mistake -- do you have a screenshot of the error?

                            Die Jungen is plural, so it should have corrected you to "the boys drink" or "the boys are drinking".

                            December 21, 2018


                            Can't the answer be in present continuous form, " are drinking" ?

                            January 19, 2019


                            Yes, it can.

                            January 19, 2019


                            How would you say the boys drink juice?

                            January 21, 2019


                            Die Jungen trinken Saft.

                            January 21, 2019


                            Can it also be "the boys are drinking water"

                            February 15, 2019

                            [deactivated user]

                              Yes, the so-called "present continuous" tense formed in English with "is/are ....ing" is the same as the simple present in German. However, why spend time typing out the extra letters? :)

                              February 15, 2019


                              In second person singular, you are directly talking to someone. So, if you want to say- you are drinking water : du trinkst Wasser. ( Emphasis on "st" at the ending of the verb, here, drinking) For third person singular, you are talking about someone else with someone else. So, if you want to say- He is drinking water: er trinkt Wasser. ( Emphasis on the lack of a "st" ending, it is just a "t" ending at the end of the verb, here, drinking) So to sum it up: I drink: ich trinke .
                              You drink: du trinkst .
                              He drinks: er trinkt.

                              March 5, 2019


                              Oh... I keep on thinking that it is, "The boy drinks water." I have to remember about the "n" in Jungen, and that it is not Junge.

                              March 27, 2019


                              "Jungen" is a plural word, = "Boys". "Die" is for plural nouns, which = "The". "Trinken Wasser" = "Drink water". In this example, the layout of words are the same, meaning there are four words, in both translations.

                              March 30, 2019


                              why was not accepted: "The boys are drinking water"

                              June 1, 2019


                              why was not accepted: "The boys are drinking water"

                              Hard to say, since that's one of the accepted translations.

                              Do you have a screenshot?

                              June 2, 2019
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