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"Die Katze isst die Maus."

Translation:The cat is eating the mouse.

March 31, 2013



Leute essen, Tiere fressen.


This is true, however "essen" is not entirely incorrect in this usage, as a cat is a pet and pets are often spoken of in a familiar, person-like manner.


so could this also mean "the mouse eats the cat"?


Technically yes, but it's an unlikely interpretation.

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    so if i say Die Maus isst die Katze, what would a german understand?


    They would think "The mouse eats the cat" I think.


    They WOULD understand it but you might be placed in a asylum.


    Context and voice stress will clear up any confusion. However, if inverted word order can cause confusion, Germans will use standard word order - subject verb blah blah


    this is an important question...is there a different article i could use like "dem" maus or "den" maus to make it more obvious about who's doing the eating???


    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.)... ;)


    Is it not necessary to use the accusative "den," when is subject/object relationship is obvious?


    Both of the nouns are "female", using "die" for nominative, which stays the same in accusative form. "Den" is used in accusative form for masculine nouns that use "der".


    I realized that after word. Thanks!


    Wir essen, tiere fressen


    You can also use "essen" with animals, sometimes. Especially if they're pets.


    Frissen=animal eating, essen=human eating. Should be "Die Katze frisst die Maus". Essen would be understood and correct in a sense, but not 100% correct.


    It is 100% correct. It's just less used, and only in certain situations.



    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,...


    the verb should be "Frisst" instead of "isst" because the subject is an animal not a person.


    Technically yes, but "essen" isn't wrong here. Especially if it's about pets, then it's not too uncommon to actually use "essen". But I agree that "fressen" is still better.


    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!


    Die Katze isn't a female cat or it stands for cats generally?


    There is the German word "der Kater" for a male cat. But if the gender is unknown, "die Katze" is used.


    Are there any rules to use Das, Die & Der for animals? Because in this exercise we use 'Das' for horse and 'Die' for mouse.


    The end-game and only certain method is to just memerize. Though i believe the suffix of the noun may drop hints


    Iam really confused why do we say die Katze whereas Der Hund....when did cat become female and dig become male


    It's something you have to memorize with every noun. There is no rule. Every German noun is just inherently masculine, feminine, or neuter. A little help: Usually, if a noun ends in -e, it's feminine. Not always, but at least in 80% of the cases it is.


    'The cat's eating' is the same as 'The cat is eating' but I was marked as incorrect for this 'mistake'. I'd hope that contractions will be allowed in the future. Thanks.


    Is "Maus" the same translation for "rat" and "mouse"?



    • the rat = die Ratte

    • the mouse = die Maus


    "katze" is a femenine word therefore you say "die Katze" but what happens when you are talking about a male cat? For example in Spanish you can say "gata" for female cat and "gato" for a male one.


    A male cat is called "der Kater". But the feminine word Katze is also used in general for cats, even if you don't know if it's a male or a female.


    oh ok danke!!. Is it the same for all cases like this? for example dogs (der hound), is there also another word for the female version?


    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).


    How would i say the cat ate the mouse? (past tense)


    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.


    Although it may sound similar technically "cat eats mouse" and "cat is eating mouse" is different due to the verb forms. Is there any distinguishing arrangement for this?


    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.

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