https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

The men drink water.In German for men we use "the" as der , but in this statement used "die" for men

I wan to know the explanation for this change

April 12, 2018

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EL5tEL

Be sure to check out the tips and hints. They. are hidden - but if you click on the light bulb you'll see them.

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

ok got thanks

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

All plurals in German are feminine, therefore they use the article "die" instead of "der".

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drvdw

Plurals in German are not feminine. They do use the article die in the nominative and accusative case though.

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

thankss !!!!

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

it is true that there are two cases which do not use die in the plurals. but if you are building plurals just as an exercise without taking the cases into account you will always use die for all the plurals. like

der Hund- die Hunde

der Baum- die Bäume

der Raum- die Räume

das Messer- die Messer

das Kissen- die Kissen

das Glas - die Gläser

die Decke- die Decken

die Gabel- die Gabeln

die Maus- die Mäuse

April 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drvdw

When I learn nouns I learn the gender and plural like:

m, Hund, Hunde
n, Messer, Messer
f, Decke, Decken

I feel it is best not to get used to thinking about the nominative article so much because you will need to think about what article to use when constructing a sentence. Many times you will say "den Hund", "mit den Messern", etc.

April 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

Thanks

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

You are eating the apple. Here the is "den "not das please explain it

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

We read the books . here the is ''die" y?

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deborah774506

German distinguish 3 genders that a word can have and English only has one and therefore the translation to "the" changes.

Here an example for all 3 genders with the articles. It's always indefinite singular - definite singular - indefinite plural - definite plural

Masculine ein Apfel - der Apfel - Äpfel - die Äpfel (an apple - the apple - apples - the apples)

Feminine eine Kuh - die Kuh - Kühe - die Kühe (a cow - the cow - cows - the cows)

Neuter ein Buch - das Buch - Bücher - die Bücher (a book - the book - books - the books)

Then there are different cases (like dative, accusative) where the translation changes again. I recommend you to check out the tips&notes and the link that EL5tEL posted above.

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

because it is plural. plural is always die.

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

ya got

April 12, 2018
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