In English, people can open juice containers. I can open a bottle of juice and i can open a juice pack, but I can't open juice itself. It seems as if "I open the juice" has some level of regional acceptance and I'd certainly understand what someone meant, but it would be context sensitive. If someone hands me a bottle of wine and says "open the bottle" or "open the wine" I'd consider either acceptable.
What I can't tell from this is when the German phrase would be used. I might say "I open the juice" if someone asks "who opens the juice around here" and I might say that after I open the juice I will pour some for you, but I wouldn't say "I open the juice" as a general way of letting people know that I am opening a bottle of juice.
Is this the way that Germans would say in general that they are opening a container of juice? Or is this along the lines of a bear that drinks beer, wears dresses, but has nothing to do with real life sentences?
Orange (orange) is feminine so it is 'die'. Saft (juice) is masculine so it is 'der'. When dealing with compound nouns such as 'Orangesaft', one must look at the last element/'noun' of the word (in this case 'saft', which is masculine) to determine the whole compound noun's gender
I'm also a native American English speaker, and I can tell you that "I open the juice" sounds weird. It should be "I opened the juice" or "I am opening the juice" or "I will open the juice." The only scenario I can see someone saying this is if they had some sort of a job where all they did was open juice. "What do you do here?" "I open the juice."
Well I'm a novice, but as far as I observed, the umlauts come up quite frequently when nouns take the plural form. Rest of the cases, I guess we'd have to come to terms with the fact that some things are beyond logic and should be treated as a domain of a completely new package of knowledge to gain!
The same as the difference between "open/opens" in English, or "am/is/are." Like English, German conjugates verbs based on the subject of the verb, so we have:
- Ich öffne
- Du öffnest
- Er/Sie/Es öffnet
- Wir öffnen
- Ihr öffnet
- Sie öffnen
This is the typical conjugation for verbs, so you can apply those endings to pretty much any verb.