I put "cats are beasts" and was counted wrong. I'm not sure if I should complain about that. My cat was crawling all over me when I typed it
Or Martian robots--a possibility raised by the philosopher Hilary Putnam (1962).
If a noun doesn't already end in an "e" USUALLY the plural form just adds an "e" to the end. Similar to how in English we usually just add an "s".
Nouns that already end in "e" can't really have another "e" added to it, so an "n" and sometimes "r" is added to it
This is justa general rule of thumb though. There are always some exceptions to these rules.
Danke. But does the exceptions include man -> manner, also frau becomes frauen !
Singular: Katze, Tier Plural: Katzen, Tiere
Same for: Hund(e), Fraue(n), etc.
Yeah but I had to point that out because learners may think that the singular form of 'women' in German is Fraue.
I wrote "cats are pets", and the mouse-over for "Tiere" gave "pets" as the second option, but was marked as wrong, and told not to confuse pets and animals?
So when making plurals out of compound nound I should only turn the last noun to plural?
I thought all plurals in German were feminine? But how come when you mouse over 'Tiere' it says the gender is neutral?
Yo dawg - the actual word 'Tier' is neutral. The word still remains neutral, but in its plural sense it becomes 'die' for nominative.
No, all plurals aren't feminine! It's just that the plural definite article die has the same form as the feminine singular definite article die. :)
Seems like if the word is considered femme then receives an N in plural, if neutral, receives the E or of masculine, ends in R... ? Maybe?? Mildly confused here because i don't even understand this in my own language. Guess i Skipped this lecture...
Because "ist" is the singular third person form. One cat needs "ist". More than one cat, and you have to use the plural third person form: cats need "sind".
The "r" sound is made at the back of the throat, but don't fully close the throat - that makes the "g" sound that you think you are hearing.
Before this particular exercise I got "People eat animals" and now "Cats are animals", talk about confused people!
True, people just won't except it, we're made of flesh just like all other animals!
Put your tongue in the same position as if you were saying "g", but don't close the gap completely - let some air through.