"I drink the milk."
Translation:Ik drink de melk.
i thought the milk is neutral. but when i used het...it turned out to be wrong....why..?
people are talking about feminine and masculine here - I did not even realize they had that in the Dutch language! How did I miss that? How are you supposed to know hat word is feminine or masculine. (Or neuter too?) Yikes.
You really shouldn't worry about words being masculine or feminine. Most speakers haven't got a clue whether a word "officially" is masculine or feminine. It isn't really important.
You only have to remember which words are neuter and which are common (not neuter-both masculine or feminine), as neuter words use "Het" instead of "De" (which common words use). I was told there are more differences later on. However, if the word is feminine or masculine make absolutely no difference in dutch. So if you really want to learn which words are feminine or masculine, you will have to remember which are which, but it is really not important for learning the language.
This is correct! It is "de man" (the man) and "de vrouw" (the woman) and "de jongen" (the boy) which are all clearly not neuter, but in Dutch, it doesn't matter if they're masculine or feminine. "Het meisje" (the girl) seems weird, then, but there's an explanation for that! "Girl" literally translates to "meid", so "meisje" literally means "little girl" (though it is used like the word "girl"). There's a small version of practically every small word. "Het huis" (the house) becomes "het huisje" and "de lamp" (the lamp) becomes "het lampje". As you can see, all words ending with -je will have the article "het". Which is why "het meisje" is correct. Also, all plurals (which you will learn later on in the course) have the article "de".
I'm from Holland and as far as I know, we don't have any logic for masculine or feminine words - you just have to learn. However, plurals are always masculine (de boeken, the books) and if you really don't know, just go for masculine, as it's the most used on.
Yes! Even my Dutch teacher doesn't now or a word is Faminine or masculine! It isn't important!
Soms is het wel belangrijk om te weten of een woord mannelijk of vrouwelijk is, bijvoorbeeld in de zin Waar staat de auto? Hij staat in de garage. Auto is mannelijk, dus "hij" staat in de garage.
'ik' uses 'drink','jij, hij,zij....' uses 'drinkt'.... i think it is similar with 'i drink' 'she drinks'