"The cat is a small animal."

Translation:बिल्ली एक छोटी जानवर है ।

July 20, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas204452

Why does the adjective छोटी come in its female form although जानवर is masculine? Does the gender of the adjective refers to the gender of the subject (here: cat) in Hindi? Or to the gender of the corresponding noun (here: animal) like it is e.g. in German?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mansoor-Panhwar

In an standard language an adjectives always agree with their corresponding nouns, either subject or object; but in a colloquial language, like the reference sentence, some people make that agreement with subject of the sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jose.Leitao

Hi. Did you find an answer? In all of the other indo-european languages that I know (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French), the adjective should agree in gender with the noun that it modifies (here: animal), as in German. Maybe a native speaker could help? Is there an agreement rule that forces gender agreement with the subject of the sentence in cases such as this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben204522

I'm also surprised by that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gili838461

I too am baffled. Maybe @vinay 92 can come to the rescue?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam362597

Is 'ek' necessary? Answer wasn't accepted without it.


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

My answer was without "एक " and it was accepted. बिल्ली छोटी जानवर hoti है । I thought that hoti makes the meaning of the sentence generic, as is in English The cat is a small animal. But I do not understand the role of "एक" which is given in the correct answer. Can someone explain?


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

Thomas204452, very good question. I looked up google translate "The cat is a small animal" and Hindi translation is बिल्ली एक छोटा जानवर है

छोटा जानवर - makes perfect sense. There is some reason behind छोटी जानवर. Can someone explain?


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

cat is feminine so the verb will be 'choti'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raluca579012

Choti is not a verb, but an adjective!

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