"Where is that car?"
Translation:Kde je ten automobil?
I wrote "Kde je to automobil" and it was marked "wrong" because it should be "ten". I'm confused as to the difference and usage of ten, to, and ta. I gleaned that "to" should be for neuter, but "ten" seems to be used for both neuter (automobil) AND Masculine (ten strom). "Ta" I assume is for feminine direct objets.
If interested, you can check the declension table for demonstrative pronouns here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_declension#Demonstrative_pronouns.
Learning how to use "to" and "ten" is so frustrating and confusing. Is there not an easy way to remember their usage? I'm having trouble knowing what words are masculine and neuter which makes it harder to know what's the correct usage of "to" and "ten". How can one determine if a word is masculine and neuter?
Regarding only the gender of words, it's best just to memorize it when you learn a new word. But you may find something useful in this earlier discussion: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27322667. You can also check gender (and learn a lot of other things) at a site like: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/auto#Declension_2. (Depending on your display, you may have to scroll up a bit for the gender reference for auto.)