https://www.duolingo.com/Jacoolh

Die Lehrer?

How am I supposed to tell whether it's teacher or teachers?

August 28, 2012

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/andreibadila

der Lehrer = the teacher (masc) die Lehrerin = the teacher (fem) die Lehrer = the teachers (masc pl) die Lehrerinnen = the teachers (fem pl)

August 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

@elboheme: Germans are rather strict about this. If the teachers are all female, they would use: "Die Lehrerinnen".

August 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Julika

@blaueBohmin: A group of female teachers would not still be "die Lehrer", it would be "die Lehrerinnen" instead.

November 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/blaueBohmin

Der Lehrer is "the teacher" singular. Die Lehrer is "the teachers" plural. The article changes from der to die when it becomes plural. Der Lehrer means the male teacher. Die Lehrer means the teachers (any or all genders). Die Lehrerin means the female teacher. I'm guessing that a group of female teachers would still be die Lehrer.

August 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacoolh

Ok thanks guys. I thought is was just a question of whether or not 'Lehrer' was masculine, feminine, or neuter.

August 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mauriesc

Die Lehrerin (Female), Der Lehrer (Male), Die Lehrer (Plural).

August 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/blaueBohmin

Thanks for the clarification, @siebolt. I was a little unsure on that one. If it is a group of mixed teachers though, then I imagine it would remain in the masculine form, i.e. "die Lehrer"?

August 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

@elboheme: When it is a mix of male and female Germans use the male plural. It is the same with Schüler. Singular male: der Schüler, singular female: die Schülerin. Male plural: die Schüler, female plural: die Schülerinnen, mixed plural: die Schüler.

August 29, 2012
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