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"Das ist Bier."

Translation:That is beer.

May 11, 2013



that or this that's the qustion


I wrote 'this', and it accepted it as well. I think both are correct and it depends on the context (if your pointing to something near or far...).


"Das" is both "this" and that"? I said "This is beer" instead of "That is beer"


Yes. I also answered "This is beer" and it was accepted.


Why sentence: "It is beer" is wrong?


'It' is translated by the word 'Es' thus when the sentence is starting with Das we just translate as That or This as a singular noun is same case if the sentence start with Es is only mean it. Example, Das ist ein Hund: means That or This is a dog. Sorry English is my second language, I only guess.


Now isn't wrong.


Now don't get drunk!


I wrote "bier" and its wrong


Bier is a noun and should be capitalized.


Bier ist ein essen (and should be consumed) ... sorry, junior student here and don't know how to say/type that last part correctly. If I could correctly translate the mistaken quote of Benjamin Franklin's "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - I feel it would apply here.


That is because you should write in English (beer)


ok. can we just make it clear-- does "das" mean both this and that?


Yes, and the. It depends on the context in which it is used.


well, sometimes you use the word "dies" for "this" and "das" for "that". So "this and that" translates to "Dies und das". NOT "Das und das"! It's all about context like tedexline already said. Example: "This is my dog 'Benji' and that's Sam's Dog 'Justin'." can be translated to "Dies ist mein Hund 'Benji' und das ist Sams Hund 'Justin'." or "Das ist mein Hund 'Benji' und das ist Sams Hund 'Justin'. In written german the second solution is not so welcome (because of the repetition of 'das'), but accepted in spoken german as you normally stand next to the person you are talking to and pointing your finger on the dog (first 'Benji' second 'Justin') in this example. Children tend to use the second solution, too.


FYI, the difference between "das" and "dass" is that:

"das" points at stuff

"dass" connects sentences

DE: "Ich mag das Kleid"

EN: "I like that dress"

DE: "Es ist klar, dass Männer nicht fliegen können."

EN: "It is clear, that men cannot fly"

DE: "Sie sagte, dass das Kleid nicht passt."

EN: "She said that that dress doesn't fit."

Hope this helps!


I feel a little frustration sie using she and they


You have to look at the verb conjugation. Sie hat = she has. Sie haben = they have.


yeah I felt like that too so it's always hard to tell which is which but just try to see which one makes more sense and go with your gut feeling. If it is obviously only one person then do "she"


I could not hear clearly.


What is the difference between das, der and, die, i am a beginner nd i understand most words but its those three that always get me


At a beginning level (nominative), think of all 3 words as 'the':
the dog - der Hund (der = masculine)
the child - das Kind (das = neutral / neuter)
the cat - die Katze (die = feminine)
the dogs, the children, the cats - die Hunde, die Kinder, die Katzen (die also plural)

A parallel to this is 'a' or 'an':
a dog - ein Hund
a child - ein Kind
a cat - eine Katze

As you continue learning, you'll start to come across variations on these words in the context in which they are used:
ex: 'das' can sometimes mean 'that' as in "this or that" = "dies oder das"

Probably best to wait for the lessons to gracefully / fluently present those concepts versus a brief blurb here.

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