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"Der Mann hat eine Kuh."

Translation:The man has a cow.

May 11, 2013

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The man has/have a cow both are correct right?


has is used for he/she/it and have is used for I/we/you/they so the man has a cow


Eine is for female and ein for male ? Der is male,die is female and das is neutral gender ,right ?


can i write "Der Mann hat ein Kuh"? Because in a sentence it was "ein Kuh".


it is always "eine Kuh" because Kuh has a female article: die Kuh


Thanks for your explanation :)


You could, but it wouldn't be correct. :) "Kuh" is feminine. In the nominative and accusative case, feminine nouns take "eine." E.g. "Eine Kuh hat hier Dreck gemacht" (A cow made a mess here) or "Ich besitze eine Kuh." (I own a cow). Eventually, you'll come across other cases, but none of them use "ein" for feminine nouns. If you come across "ein Kuh" again, please report it as wrong.


Thanks for your explanation :)


Could someone please tell me what is the difference between ein and eine. Also how do you know which one to use and when?


Ein is used before.masculine nouuns while Eine is used before feminine nouns.


How do you know when the word is feminine or masculine in order to put die/eine or der/ein??


For a lot of words there really is no way of knowing. Its more or less random. If you practice a lot you will eventually get the hang of it. You know how "An couch" sounds wrong and "A couch" sounds right, well eventually when you die, das, or der wrong it will sound that same and you will realize it is wrong by the way it sounds with the word.

A long time ago when I was super young, like 12 I got harcore into German and knew a lot of the rules, now about 10 years later, not seeing a single german word again untill I got this app 3 weeks ago stuff just either sounds right or wrong, I'm still learning and get stuff wrong often enough but for the most part the rules went out the window and stuff just started to click in my brain. If you keep practising I promise the same will happen to you eventually and you will "Just know".


Accidentally left the second "n" off of "Mann" and got it wrong! Hate it when I make those little mistakes that cost me hearts! I guess Duo doesn't except typos.


Duo accepts most typos except when what you write instead is a word as well. You could say "Man hat eine Kuh", which would mean "One has a cow."


Why is fly and cow feminine? Is cow used for a female cow and bull used for a male?


Eine Kuh und ein Stier


Gender is mostly arbitrary in German. Forks are feminine, spoons are masculine, and knives are neuter -- it's just a grammar thing, not because forks somehow "feel" like women to us.


Why is cow not spelled Kü? Isn't a regular u pronounced softly? Wouldn't this be pronounced "kuhhh"?


There's a soft and hard variant of every vowel, and I don't pretend to be an expert on the pronunciation. However, hard 'u' is pronounced 'oo' like in Kuh. Hard ü can be pronounced by shaping the mouth like you're saying 'oo', but making an 'ee' sound. Kü would sound kinda like someone trying to say 'key' with a mouthful of food.


Wasn't it suppoused to be "einen kuh"?


No. einen is masculine accusative, but Kuh is feminine.

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