"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?

August 2, 2013


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

August 20, 2013


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

October 23, 2014


That's right.

January 1, 2016


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

November 25, 2013


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

November 29, 2013


Thanks for your explanation :)

September 22, 2015


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.

January 2, 2014


Thanks for your explanation :)

September 22, 2015


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

May 14, 2014


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

May 3, 2015


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

May 28, 2014


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".

December 3, 2014


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.

October 6, 2014


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."

March 30, 2015


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

October 8, 2014


Eine Kuh und ein Stier

October 8, 2014


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.

January 1, 2016


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

April 19, 2015


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.

July 2, 2015


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

November 5, 2016


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

November 7, 2016
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