"Mein Hund ist schnell."

Translation:My dog is fast.

April 27, 2014



Whats the diffrents between mein/meine?

April 27, 2014


"mein" is used for singular masculine or neutral, "meine" is used for singular feminine or plural

"mein Hund" "meine Katze" "mein Buch" "meine Hunde"

April 27, 2014



Man it would be nice if Duolingo actually explained things like this instead of leaving us to our own devices.

July 25, 2015


Well we have to test our abilities and be able to answer things for ourselves. Be glad some native speakers actually take this course :)

April 5, 2016


What are these abilities you speak of? XD

June 2, 2016


Well, we're learning as if we were native speakers. Just by memory and mechanization of the language.

December 14, 2017


They do, just not on the app. On the website its pretty easy.

October 16, 2018


All are explained in the website in details...

September 19, 2018


Thanks it help me lot :)

June 20, 2014


Danke, du bist richtig

May 20, 2017


How to identify that in the question?

August 5, 2019


What do you mean? Do you mean "How to make this into a question?" If so, there are two ways:

1) "Mein Hund ist schnell?" with rising intonation at the end. 2) "Ist mein Hund schnell?" with inversion and rising intonation.

August 5, 2019


You have to memorise the gender of each noun when you learn it.

Look up the noun in a good dictionary and it should tell you whether it is masculine (m), feminine (f/w), or neuter (n).

Best to learn each noun with its article, e.g. not "Hund = dog" but "der Hund = the dog" so that you know that Hund is a der word (masculine).

August 5, 2019


I typed "My dog is slow"


time to get myself checked out

May 7, 2015


Don't worry, I almost made the same mistake :). But then fortunately I remembered the old Afrikaans word snel (must be from Dutch) that means fast, but isn't really used any more, these days in Afrikaans we use the word vinnig

May 7, 2015


Thank you for adding what it means in your language! It's helpful and also interesting to hear what it is in other languages

May 20, 2019


I find it humorous and ironic that the word schnell means "fast" instead of "slow", given that it sounds a lot like "snail"! :)

August 25, 2014


Yes. it is the kind of mental association i have to fight when learning another language.

February 17, 2015


Heh. To me it sounds a bit like slide, or slippery, and slippery things slide fast, so it makes sense to me. :P

April 23, 2015


Why is it not "meinen Hund?" I saw on another forum that nouns that are neutral (using "der" instead of die or das) need an extra "n" tacked on. Is this selectively applicable? A Duolingo exercise used "keinen Käse".

January 5, 2018


Actually, "Hund" is masculine, not "neutral". "Mein" becomes "meinen" when the noun is an object. "I see my dog" -> "Ich sehe meinen Hund".

January 6, 2018


In this case, it's mein Hund because it's the nominative noun in the sentence - the subject in other words. The -en ending on masculine nouns appears when the noun is in the accusative. Nouns in the accusative case have an action being done to them.

Der Hai isst meinen Hund.

The shark eats my dog.

The shark is Der Hai, not Den Hai, because it's the subject. As the dog is having an action done it, being eaten, it's accusative and takes the -en ending.

January 10, 2018


why can't I say 'my hound is fast'? It's the same, is it?

April 30, 2014


I'm afraid not. Not every dog is a hound,but every hound is a dog.

July 24, 2014


According to the Larousse German- English online dictionary "the hound" (noun) = "der Jagdhund".

December 6, 2015


Can this be heard as either "Mein Hund ist schnell" or "Mein Hund isst schnell"? or is the second one wrong?

September 17, 2014


I'm not entirely sure, but I think you'd literally be saying "My dog eats fast." As if fast is something that can be eaten. Again, I'm not 100% sure on that.

October 20, 2014


You couldn't say isst because when talking about animals eating, you use the word frisst.

October 26, 2016


I agree, "fressen" is for animals, while "essen" is for people... BUT.. if you wanted to be cute about it, you could switch that around to say something like "Meine Frau frisst" .. My wife is eating (like an animal). Mein Papagei isst .. My parrot is eating (delicately, like a person).

May 4, 2017


SarinationX is correct with his/her answer, because Mein Hund ist schnell means My dog is fast, where as Mein Hund isst schnell means My dog eats fast which then is bassicly is a total different meaning

April 26, 2015


Yes it could be so heard. "Schnell" (in the base form with no adjectival ending), as well as being an adjective meaning "fast" or "quick", can also be an adjective meaning "quickly". As stated elsewhere, though, animals "fressen" rather than "essen".

June 29, 2017


This is a strange topic. I just tested out of these "Possessive Pronouns" and every single so-called "Pronoun" was actually an adjective....

June 29, 2017


what's the difference between mein and meinen

February 18, 2019


Perhaps https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mein#Adjective would help to answer your question?

February 18, 2019
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