Well, for an advanced German class, that might be something useful to teach. But for the level of German being taught here by Duolingo, using "essen" instead of "fressen" with the cat, is way more likely to cause confusion than help people trying to learn basic German. Pretty poor example for teaching, IMO.
No, it's always "die" in the accusative case. But native speakers would hardly ever missunderstand this sentence. The inverse word order (OVS) usually is only used in contrast situations (Was ist mit der Katze? Wer isst die Katze? - Die Katze? Oh! Die Katze! Ja, die Katze isst die Maus, natürlich.)... ;)
Not with the current word choice, since both words are feminine which is the same in nominative and accusative. But if you know that the cat is a male cat you have the option to use the word "der Kater". Like the english word "tom" or "tomcat". Then consider the sentences "der Kater frisst die Maus" versus "den Kater frisst die Maus". Now you have the choice to switch subject and object while keeping the same word order.
You could use "der Nager" (the rodent) instead of "die Maus" for even less ambiguity.
"Der Kater frisst den Nager" versus "Den Kater frisst der Nager"
Der=The "Die" is by plural or singular. Plural= The girls/Die Mädchen Singular="Das" Mädchen
Singular="Die"Frau/The woman Plural="Die"Frauen/The women
Always use: "Der" by he "Die" by she "Das" by it
By plural you always use "Die" Die Mädchen/The girls Die Frauen/The women Die Männer/The men Die Buben/The boys Die Tiere/The animals,...
Yeah with the Die, Der, and Das things will eventually just start to work themselves out in your head. Just like you know "an couch" sounds wrong and "a couch" sounds right, you will slowly start hearing the same things in german. You will go to write "Das Mann" and be like "That totally sounds wrong" then go to write "Der Mann" and be like yes that sounds right!
So...why is it saying 'isst' when Duo has just informed us that animals 'FRisst'? Or is this simply a hearing test that's only meant to further confuse? I have read the previous comments and am left wondering how on earth someone is meant to know if an animal is in fact a pet! Yet one response says BOTH answers should be correct? Yet I don't recall this 'pet' ambiguity ever being explained! Yes, it says 'isst' but that goes against what the lesson is teaching, so I use 'frisst' which is technically correct but incorrect. Perhaps unnecessarily pedantic?
If isst is correct, then this was a trick question, since the lesson tips specify frißt should be used with animals, and do not suggest any exceptions. I heard isst, but wrote frisst because often the voices are not clear and first or last letters are swallowed and not audible.
Sometimes yes, but it depends. "Der Hund" can be both, "der Rüde" is a strictly male dog, and for a female dog I can only think of "die Hündin". Often, but not always, you can add -in to derive the female form of an animal (though sometimes you have to make the main vowel an umlaut).
That's a bit more difficult in German. There are 2 main past tenses, the "Präteritum" (preterite/imperfect) and the "Perfekt" (past perfect), which are "Die Katze aß die Maus." and "Die Katze hat die Maus gegessen.", respectively. Note that "essen" is an irregular (strong) verb.
Not really. In German we use the same verb form for "eats" and "is eating" (isst). So this German sentence can have both translations. Only colloquially you can say "The Katze ist die Maus am Essen." with "ist am Essen" meaning 'is eating'. But I don't think that the course will teach this form, as it's not (yet) standard.
Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason and it is hard for English speakers to wrap our heads around. DuoLingo is good for giving you the practice and repetition you need and eventually, if you stick with it, the der die das will just come naturally and the wrong article will start to sound just wrong.
I have this problem to. So, Der- Masculine Die- Deminine Das- Neutral. I don't think there's an outright way to find the gender of the word, so what I do is when it first pops up I look at the gender of the word and write it down or try to remember it. Also, only nouns have genders.