Deklination: das Kind / ein Kind (Nominativ) das Kind / ein Kind (Akkusativ) dem Kind / einem Kind (Dativ) des Kindes / eines Kindes (Genitiv)
I didn't put it... but technically, would it be possible to write "Sie isst ein Kind" for this sentence ? (Yeah, I know, kind of disturbing... but grammatically right ?)
How would this sentence be different if you wanted to say "You are a child." using the formal "Sie" instead of the familiar "du"?
I think because sie means she as well as you. But because it's ist and not sind, you're not talking about you, you're talking about the girl... Don't be mad if I'm wrong, though...
'D' at the end of any word becomes 't'. Similarly, 'b' at the end would be pronounced as a 'p' and 'g' becomes 'k'.
In case anyone gets confused - this is a comment about the pronunciation (how you say it) rather than the spelling. Those letters are not vocalised when at the end of German words, making the pronunciation slightly different to English.
i.e. a German saying Kind would sound similar to an Englishman saying "Kint".
The lesson here is that German pronunciation is different to English pronunciation.
der -> ein; die -> eine das -> ein die (pl.) - similar to "the" -> "a /an " (nur 2 varianten! ein/eine) -> der, die, das = determiniert 3 Forms; ein/eine determiniert alle variationen in only 2 Forms Nominativ: ein/kein; eine/keine; ein/kein Plural -/keine Akkusativ: einen/keinen (n as in "den") eine/keine ("die") ein/kein Plural: -/keine Genitiv: eines/keines ("des") einer/keiner (der) eines/keines (des) Plural -/keiner Dativ: einem/keinem ("dem") einer/keiner (der) einem/keinem (dem) Plural -/keinem
combined with Adjectiv: Nominativ: ein guter Freund (Freund = der ein + Adjectiv where the End er is from "der" eine schöne Stadt (die Stadt schön+e) ein kleines Kind (das Kind-> klein(e)S from das Akkusativ: einen guten Freund; Ein und Adjectiv shows the DER in Akkusativ ->deN eine schöne Stadt ein kleines Kind (ein + Adj. s is from "das" Genitiv: eines guten Freundes, einer schönen Stadt, eines kleinen Kindes Dativ: einem guten Freund, einer schönen Stadt, einem kleinen Kind
you can see for maskulin und Neutral is the same.
is it ok so?
Tinycards with this course told me Sie means they, but its a feminine word that could also mean she and her?
Whenever i do these pronoucing lessons, it always highlights the last word with red and then the grading part says i did it correctly. I know i am not doing it wrong because i lived in Germany for 3 years and these are words i used almost every day. Now, i couldve been wrong all that time but I am 99% sure i have not.
Isn't child neutral? Like it is a child. Es ist ein kind. If sie is used for child, can er be used for child as well?
Neuter should end with 'chen' as I followed on previous discussion thread. Not able to understand as 'Kind' is Neuter?
You got it the wrong way round. Most words that end in "-chen" are neuter, but that doesn't mean that all neuter nouns end in "-chen".
then how to know if its neuter or not..?? is there any basic rules to find to out..?
Grammatical gender is mostly arbitrary. You need to memorise the gender along with the noun. There's no way around it. There are some hints, but they only cover a fraction of all words.
Confused about the word Sie . It seems to be used as "they" and also as "She" . How is "Sie" used in different situations ?
You see iit with the verb.
sie sind = they are. (plural)
sie ist = she is.
Sie (with «S») sind = (polite) you are.