I am now taking a German class in school; Duolingo and the class really compliment each other. To conjugate 'the' one must memorize the rules. For the nominative case use der, die, and das. For the indefinite articles use ein, eine. For the accusative case (a sentence in which a noun performs a verb and an noun receives that verb or takes its actions) the masculine indefinite article - ein - will become einen. Ex: Ich habe einen Auto. For neuter and feminine nouns in the accusative case I think they don't change form from the nominative case.
As far as I know (for now) das has many meanings. Its meaning can/must be deciphered from the context of the sentence.
When I got up around accusative pronouns on the learning tree I think there might have been a tip about das but not much info. You may be better off surfin the web.
I understand that masculine nouns will utilize "einen" in the accusative case, but in your example "Ich habe einen Auto", Das Auto is neuter and would be "Ich habe ein Auto", right? I could say "Ich habe einen Anzug" though since Anzug is masculine I believe.
Sorry, but correct is: Ich habe EIN Auto. The car= DAS Auto. A car= EIN Auto. In Accusative case also
I have a question not about German but English:), does it have to be "complement" instead of "compliment"?
It depends. A “complement” is something that completes something else; it is also a verb meaning ‘to complete something’. Note the e in both words.
In contrast, the word “compliment” is (noun) ‘a polite expression of praise or admiration’, or (verb) ‘to politely congratulate or praise someone for something.’
Thanks for answering :) so the both can be right? I think complement makes a lot more sense
They mean different things; complement and compliment are not the same. So you have to decide which meaning you want; you can’t just randomly pick one.
It makes a lot more sense
where? What sentence are you referring to?
Well, it wouldn't be the correct grammer to use in this sentence. Because you are talking about something in particular.
no, you've used two conjugated verbs - you have written 'that tastes (verb) is(verb) good'
To use taste as a noun it is Geschmack
Der Geschmack ist gut = The taste is good
I learned in German class that conversationally you would simply say, "Das schmeckt," and that "Das schmeckt gut" was redundant. Can anyone confirm or deny this for me?
Can confirm this. Both is possible. Sayin "Das schmeckt" combined with either a positive face or while eating shows that you like what you are eating.
What is the difference between "this" and "that" in German? As it suggests another translation would use the two interchangibly.
In many cases there is no difference. For "this" you often use the word "dies", but not always in the same way as in English. Example:
- Das ist meine Freundin (this is my girlfriend, "dies" wouldn't work)
For "that" there is not really a word and you just use the definite article and the context makes the difference:
(talking about Game of Thrones):
- Hast du das dritte Buch gelesen? (did you read the third book)
(talking about a book I borrowed last week to you):
- Na, hast du schon das Buch gelesen? (have you already read that book, you could however also use "the" here in English)
The noun for taste is Geschmack
Der Geschmack ist gut = The taste is good
Again someone does not know English. It tastes good is perfectly good English, and should be used over that in this sentence, its not interchangeable with the German use of Das here. It , this and that can be used for the same, but in this sentence it is better as its taste and food. because tastes is an active verb, it is something you are doing, then you use it here. That would only be correct with taste, as you are pointing to something or referring to something to have a good taste. It or this is bot ok in thin sentence, not that.
Is "schmeckt" always conjugated this way in this sentence? You would never get "schmeckst" right?
The problem is that, everyone is trying to translate from english to german. And that is wrong!
"To taste" has two meanings: to have a taste and to perceive a taste. "Good" is used with the first and "well" with the second.
How do you know how to conjugate the verb for "das"? I don't see it on the tables. Is this the standard conjugation for verbs when the subject is "das"?
Schmecken is a verb, not a noun. There is no noun in the sentence that means "taste" or "flavor"
Wow, that sentence was really weird to say. "Schmeckt".. kinda fun, though! =)
when i put the cursor on the word schmeckt it says that it means tastes good so what i want to know is why do we put gut is schmeckt means tastes good wouldn't that make the sentence this tastes good good??
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I saw a video (wanted adventure on YouTube) and the person lives in Germany and talked about how in German, most people don't say "it tastes good" or "it tastes bad". But instead say "it tastes" or "it doesn't taste". Is this right?
I put 'This tastes good'. It was wrong. I thought Das is either this or that.
No, "To taste" has two meanings: to have a taste and to perceive a taste. "Good" is used with the former and "well" with the latter. There is a group of verbs such as to taste which rely on "sensation" which tells you to use the adjective instead of the adverb.
eg: It seems good, it looks fine, it smelled wonderful ...
If you are a native English speaker: the most natural way to say this is correct.
If you are not a native English speaker: you will be understood if you use tastes well in a sensation defining event but, just keep in mind that it is technically wrong.
You use “well” to describe how someone does some action, e.g., “He swims well”, or “She writes well.” Saying “... tastes well” is describing some person’s skill or ability for tasting things.