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Tisch

Is this correct: "Es ist ein Tisch. " Tisch is masculine, not neutre. And I found this as part of a lesson. I think it has to be Er is ein Tisch is masculine. I think it has to be "Er ist ein Tisch". Thanks for the help :)

July 17, 2012

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It is my understanding that "es" is used if the object has not been previously introduced. If it has, use "er/sie". For example, "Es ist ein Tisch. Er ist aus Holz" = "It is a table. It is made of wood".

July 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/jedolnick13

No, the answer "Es ist ein Tisch" means, "it is a table." Regardless of the gender of the noun it is describing, Es is still just being used as the word for "it." Remember, Er=he, Es=it. It is grammatically correct to say "it is a table" rather than "he is a table," as the thing being described is an inanimate object.

July 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Darkkeyboard

When describing nouns in german, it doesn't really matter if it's masculine or feminine unless you're using something that requires definition (like ein/eine or Der/die das). If you're saying "That is the table (Das is der tisch)" the "der" is the masculine definite article. Whereas you're saying "It is a table (Es ist ein tisch)" the article ein is masculine, but the subject "it (es)" is not.

This got complicated, let me try again: the only time you need to know masc/fem/neu is in the article right before the word. "Der Tisch" "Ein Tisch". Everywhere else in this language, it's not really important.

July 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/charito

Really, thanks for all the replies. I will keep working on that :)

July 17, 2012
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