"Ich mag ihren Hut nicht."

Translation:I do not like her hat.

April 7, 2013



It could only really be "her hat" as there was a small 'i' on 'ihren' - a capital 'i' would make it "your hat". It could also mean "their hat", but this just sounds wrong. Many people don't tend to own one hat. :P

May 8, 2013


this language is screwed up so much..

August 16, 2013


Try learning Russian or Chineese XD

August 22, 2013


Or polish ;)

February 18, 2014


Or Finnish :)

May 15, 2014


At least there aren't any articles in Russian....

April 8, 2014


haha, Chinese is really hard for foreigners

October 12, 2013


It's a little confusing, but it's fun to learn.

September 27, 2013


Wouldn't native Germanophones say the same about English?

September 1, 2013


yep, definitely.

October 16, 2013


I don't even know German but I just wanted to say hi... hi.

October 16, 2013


lol, I don't think anyone says Germanophones, we say Franco about the Quebecois right? Wouldn't it be Deutschephone or something?

April 8, 2014


Isn't Deutschephone some kind of telephone system in Germany? That could be misleading....

April 8, 2014


Man I hope so, that sounds awesome.

April 8, 2014


Well said!

August 9, 2013


The tooltip for Hut is wrong because it says "feminine" as gender.

September 9, 2013


Did you report it? This is the discussion page. I think it happened because there are two words Hut feminine and Hut masculine. I think you are right that the one that means hat is masculine.


December 6, 2013


What a relief! I saw "ihren" and "feminine" and got scared.

April 9, 2014


I listened to this many times at normal and slow speeds, trying to discern whether the speaker was saying "Hund" or "Hut". I finally decided it sounded more like Hund than Hut, and of course got it wrong. Does anyone else have the same problem?

January 2, 2014


yes, I do too, the sound is often blurry, but Italian is worst for me

January 12, 2014


YESSS! I could swear she said Hund.

January 16, 2014


Yep. Listened over and over. Eventually settled on Hund.

April 5, 2014


Ya, es ist Hund :(

April 15, 2014


I got the Hut on slow, after being sure I heard Hund several times on normal. Sadly, I still heard Euren instead of Ihren. 8(

April 30, 2014


i got confused too. luckily i answered Hut

June 6, 2014


Yeah, similar problem, I thought it could also mean your hat? In the absence of contextual information I feel confused about how to pick...

April 15, 2013


ihren = her, their
Ihren = your (formal)

Note the capital I.

April 16, 2013


Ah! yes. Thanks for that vital information!

September 9, 2013


yup... Ive ditched my increasingly creaky launch day iPad 1 as the mobile app has little or none of the grammar information and no access to these conversations... trying to puzzle the mysteries of ihren vs Ihren without said info is maddening...

before you ask 'why don't you use the web version?' the poor old 1st gen iPad runs slow and crashes frequently... (looking to replace it with a Cintiq Companion (win8 512).

November 12, 2013


but the site gives "your" as a translation when i mouse over "ihren"...

June 9, 2014


I thought this could also mean their hat

April 7, 2013


It can.

April 7, 2013


Yeah and Duolingo said it couldn't :(

April 7, 2013


i used ''their' and it excepted.

May 13, 2013


Me, too.

June 6, 2013


Although, it does make more sense to be "her" hat. Because if it were "they", they should have more than one hat. Unless several people sharing the same hat is a common ocurrence.

July 16, 2013


Well DanRope, if you have siblings close to your age/complexion, it is common to share clothes and stuff.

February 5, 2014



April 30, 2014


I messed this up as well. However with the small i on ihren, it can only be her or their. However, it is quite uncommon for multiple people to share a hat, so their doesn't really make sense.

May 29, 2013


"Their hat" could make sense -- suppose two groups of people were designing hats. Then you might say "I don't like their hat" to refer to one of the groups' hats.

The thing is, you would know the context. Since we don't know the context, anything that works grammatically is fine.

July 27, 2013


Ihr/Ihre/Ihren/whatever is kinda messed up on this site, and it seems in general. I got the info of needing a capital I for "your" on this site. Now, from vocab and at least one question that I get wrong EVERY time I run across it exactly because of this rule, it seems it's NOT necessary to capitalize the "I" for "your." Perhaps because it can't be pronounced. And, there's an About.com page, or perhaps it's wikipedia, that says that enforcement of the capital "I" has been dropped in recent times, and that it is not needed (but capital "Sie" is). Furthermore, there is at least one native speaker in this thread, indicating that capital "I" is used. I tend to believe that opinion (native) over all others.

But what is the final answer? When is ihr "you"? Does it need capital or not? Is there some massive misunderstanding surrounding this, or is DL/this course just in error?

Edit: Some links. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ihr http://german.about.com/od/grammar/a/Germanyou.htm

March 31, 2014


is euren any word? as in euer but for masculine accusative?

May 27, 2013


Eure is plural your

June 16, 2013


As in, "Ich mag euren Hut nicht" -- informal you, plural. Sure, that's fine.

July 27, 2013


hat is der Hut...her is ihr...so can anyone tell me why here they use ihren?? is it in accusative or dative format?

June 10, 2013


Yes, it's accusative form. Remember ihr-EN.

June 10, 2013


vielen Dank brianena

June 10, 2013


now very clear.Thanks

April 27, 2014


Why "ihren" means "her"? but not "ihre". It is a Dativ plural???

August 7, 2013


Because 'Hut' is masculine.

March 21, 2014


I disagree since the clue does not say anything about a small i or a capital I

August 12, 2013


I'm with harburduo. Duolingo's clue for "ihren" doesn't specify that a capital "I" is necessary to indicate "your"....it only tells us that AFTER it has marked you wrong!!!

February 8, 2014


Why is this sentence in the accusative? Shouldn't it be Ich mag ihre hut instead??

September 24, 2013


The sentence is not accusative. The direct object is in the Accusative case and the adjectives and possessive pronouns have to agree with it in gender, number and case. See if this website helps: http://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/det_05.html

December 6, 2013


Thanks @allintolearning ! Got it now.

December 7, 2013


Shouldnt ihren be followed by a masculine noun? hut is a feminine ryt?

January 7, 2014


Just when you thought things couldn't get any more confusing: German "Hut" (feminine) = English "hut" (and other, shelter related things), German "Hut" (masculine) = English "hat"(and other, cover like things).
These sentences are talking about "hats" not "huts." (As I recall, Spanish has something similar, but worse, with "la papa," "el papa" and "el Papa." Think of Mr. Potato Head, dressed as a pope being the (spiritual) father of his faithful.)

January 7, 2014


Thanks for your reply...I knew they were talking about hats but when i hovered pointer over hut, it said gender: feminine...this got me confused but now i m pretty sure it was an error with the website.

January 7, 2014


It just occurred to me that German has (at least) one more such word: "der See" = "lake," but "die See" = "sea/ocean."

January 7, 2014


When I clicked on the yellow highlighted word for ihren, I used one of the ones given and it was marked wrong - on my last question of this unit. !!! So frustrating. When you miss your last one ( and are out of hearts to use) it doesn't show your answer so you can look at it once again. It would be nice if you could see it again.

October 8, 2013


The version of DL that I see does have an option something like "see last answer" on the page where the owl tells you that you are out of hearts.

December 11, 2013


Her and their are translated "ihren" in this case. Try the site I posted above.

December 6, 2013


is there any phonetic difference between "ihren" and "Ihren?" (not capital "i" vs capital "I")

October 24, 2013


No, it sounds the same.

December 6, 2013


I'm going with "I do not like their hat." Seems the most accurate, as I dislike almost all collectively owned hats.

October 29, 2013


if it´s "her hat" shoudn´t it be "ihre" in place of "ihren"????

November 29, 2013



Ihren for several hats, no only one, because we are speaking about the third person in plural, so, more than one hat.

January 22, 2014


But 'Hut' is singular. There is only one hat.

April 24, 2014


Germans and Latins are diffrent. That's why it's confusing...

February 8, 2014


Why I can say I don't like you hat? ihren can be your, right?

March 5, 2014


I now understand about' Ihren' needing capital for 'your', but why does the translation when hovering on 'ihren' also give 'your'

March 13, 2014


(a) Is it 'their hat' or 'her hat?' (b) Why is 'Ihren' only 'your' if it's capitalized? I never learned that.

April 24, 2014


(c) What if the first word is 'Ihren?' How would you know if it was 'Her,' Their,' or 'Your?'

April 24, 2014


(c) Context.

April 25, 2014


(a) It can mean either "her hat" or "their hat". As it's just a single hat, "her" is perhaps more likely, but without context, you can't tell. (b) That's just a spelling rule that helps to distinguish to the different meanings.

April 25, 2014


Why does 'ihren' have the 'n' at the end? Can't we just use 'ihre' for their or her? Does it have something to do with the gender of Hut?

May 20, 2014


Things like that confuse me too.

June 13, 2014


Hard languages entices me to learn them lol

June 30, 2014


Why is "nicht" at the end?

June 30, 2014
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