Das is a definite article to represent (insert particular item) Das therefore could not represent my ambiguous statement, unless you chose to refer to it as "The statement made"
Please correct me if I am mistaken, to make mistakes is to learn from hindsight.
Thank you very much, I try to consistently claim "Fluffychickens" wherever I go.
It means "The, This, That". Its used for multiple sentences such as "Das Mädchen hat ein haustier". Or "Das ist sauer".
This is an amazing point, you would think that a girl is female so it should be 'eine Mädchen' I guess its because a child? :-/
"Ein" is used for girls, boys, men, and children. However, for women (only), it is "eine." Hope this helps :D
for women (only), it is "eine."
That's not true. eine is used for all sorts of words, such as eine Person (a person) or eine Katze (a cat) or eine Idee (an idea), none of which are (necessarily) women.
What's important is the grammatical gender of the word, not the meaning.
"ist" and "isst" are homophones, and for the most part either are accepted in Duo when given as an audio question; without context, a girl could actually be eating a child...perhaps in a zombie movie or a Tarantino version of Lord of the Flies.
"perhaps in a zombie movie or a Tarantino version of Lord of the Flies" :-D
I think I would definitely see a Tarantino version of Lord of the Flies.
So like the english version of bat and bat? (One is an animal the other u play a game with)
Ein translates into one or a/an (indefinite article for masculine or neuter nouns). The definite article das would be used if you wanted to say, the girl.
Kind is neuter, so there is no ending in nominative (it's just ein). It would only be "einen" if Kind were masculine and accusative (but this is neuter and nominative).
I can literally play music on the microphone instead of talking and the sentence is always accepted
I thought "ein" was when talking about a male and "eine" was when talking about a female. Is this not correct? What is the difference between "eine" & "ein"?
Those are just guidelines. There's an exception to every rule. Where you're at in the language now, "ein" is also for neuter, not just masculine. And all words ending in "chen" are neuter (I don't know of any exceptions to this rule).
It is not the person's gender, but the gender of the word. Mädchen is a neuter word, even though girl is female.
ist refers is. Example: She is- In German we say it as Sie ist
Where as isst refers eating. Example: You are eating- Du isst
It doesn't check the voice here, i didn't speak anything still it said its correct.
I do Duolingo on phone. On phones, you hold down on a letter that can have accents (marks as you called them) and then, a bar will appear and you can drag to the right accent. On computers, I think you can either turn on the international keyboard setting or there are special emoticons for the different accents. Hope this helps :)
How do I pronounce Mädchen correct?!! I feel like i'm not saying it write and I can't tell with the voice on here. Help! :(
Can someone please explain all the different articles (definite and indefinite) and when they're used. Thanks.
I am just happy to find out that a girl is considered a child. Vielen Dank, DuoLingo!
Generally, an ä ö ü shows that there used to be an a o u sound which was changed by neighbouring sounds into a different one: the dots mark this changed sound.
The neighbouring sounds have often disappeared completely over the course of the centuries but the changed vowel remains.
A short ä is pronounced like a German short e, i.e. essentially like the "e" in English "bet".
A long ä is pronounced the same way but longer -- Mädchen has this long sound.
(Colloquially, a long ä may sound like a German long e, i.e. essentially like a French "é" -- but not the diphthong in English words such as "café".)
No. Fräulein was most commonly used as a title, more or less equivalent to "Miss" in English, e.g. Fräulein Braun "Miss Braun". It wasn't used much as a noun (much as in English, "miss" is not used much as a noun to refer to an unmarried woman) -- and is falling out of favour even as a title, since the marital status of a woman is not considered to be important in choosing how to address her.
Most women go by Frau, whether they are married or not, just as men have always gone by Herr whether they are married or not.
Old English ān split up into "an" (which later lost its "n" when not before a vowel) and "one", but in German, the word did not split up and so can mean either "a(n)" or "one".
In speech, the word is usually accented when it means "one" and usually unaccented when it means "a(n)", but in writing, you can't tell the difference.
Thus, both translations will usually be accepted.
First time I did this I put an "a" instead of "one" and got it wrong. When I put "one" it said "Another correct solution 'A girl is a child.'.
Can somebody please explain thoroughly the difference between bist and ist please? Danke!!
Short "ä" is pronounced exactly like short "e": [ɛ]. Pretty much like English short "e" as in "met".
Long "ä" is most properly pronounced the same way but longer: [ɛː].
Many Germans pronounce long "ä" like long "e", though: [eː]. (Thus making Bären "bears" and Beeren "berries" homophones.)
Wow I always thought that the ä in Mädchen is pronounced like the a in bake.