"It is free."
Translation:Es ist kostenlos.
How do you know when to use "kostenlos" or "frei" in a sentence? They are the same, right? Thanks in advance!
Frei is free as in not a slave while kostenlos is free as in the bread is free of charge.
I checked "Es ist kostenlos" AND Es ist gratis and was marked wrong. Any idea why?
Is funny in Spanish there's the same word Gratis with the same meaning than German
gratis is a latin word originally meaning "as a kindness", that is used in many languages to mean "free"
"Gratis" derives from the ablative form of the latin word "gratia", thus it is pretty common in romance languages (e.g. we use it in italian too, while in french it's mostly used "gratuit", which is similar anyway)
I'm assuming the reason for kostenlos being the correct translation is because kostenlos means free in terms of money, and frei in terms of freedom? I guess they assumed you'd think "it" as being a purchasable item. But I agree, the sentence is confusing without knowing the context of the situation.
"Frei" means free as in "freedom", or "available", "kostenlos" means free as in costs nothing.
Does anyone know the difference between "Es ist kostenlos" and "Es ist gratis"?
http://www.gutefrage.net/frage/was-ist-der-unterschied-zwischen-gratis-und-kostenlos Tl;dr: gratis comes from latin, kostenlos hints towards no money involved. Gratis hints no money involved such as a free candy.
If the subject is only "es" (Es ist...) doesn't that mean either kostenlos or frie is useable, as you don't know the actual subject? Or do you always use kostenlos because it is gender neutral and generally only applies to things? There are das subjects that can be "set free".
In Germany, I have also seen the word "Kostfrei!" I think that pretty much clears up the meaning for most between "kostenlos" and "frei!"
I see that English speakers have many problems distinguishing between "free" in terms of money and "free" in terms of freedom
Kostenlos and gratis have slightly different emphasis. Gratis generally more of a gift.
Is there a difference between gratis and kostenlos? Or can they be used interchangeably?