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"Ist das mein Stuhl?"

Translation:Is this my chair?

July 1, 2013



why is "is that my stool?" incorrect?. Isn't "stool" another word for "Stuhl"?


Nope. The words look similar, but a stool is not a chair. Think of an office chair on wheels compared to a bar stool. They are very different.


In that case, what is the correct German word for "Stool"?


It depends:

  • If you mean human feces, the correct German word is indeed "Stuhl".
  • If you mean a seat without a backrest than it's "Hocker."


Well, the hint, when one gets it wrong translating stool for Stuhl is this:

The German for "stool" is "Hocker". "Stuhl" only means "stool" in the sense of excrements.

It seems to me that it should be "right", though not the intended answer.



Should not be: Ist das meinen Stuhl (because Stuhl is DER)?


No, because, it is the subject of the sentence. Is 'that' my chair. Since you are already mentioning it as a subject of the sentence, den/meinen/seinen do not appear here. You could use meinen in this case for example: Er hat meinen Stuhl. Here 'Er' is the subject. Hope you got it! :)


"Stuhl" is not the subject of the sentence; it is the predicate. "Das" is the subject. They are both in the nominative case, though, because the verb is a linking verb.


how about "is IT my chair?" I think it is ok to use IT as well as THAT.


"That" and "it" are similar, but they are used to mean different things. "That" is used to point at an object, often showing the object's location or identity. "It" is used after the identity of the object has been communicated. Example:

"I'd like to buy that. Be sure to put it in a paper bag, not a plastic one."

As you can see, "it" refers back to something already mentioned, but "that" identifies the object being mentioned and introduces it.


In my understanding, the DAS here is not the indicator of gender - think of it as DAS ist mein Stuhl. DAS is a pronoun parallel to THAT in English. The gender of the noun is related to MEIN. Mein is masculine here. For example, we could have said: Das ist mein Stuhl, Das ist mein Sofa (Sofa is neutral - das Sofa), Das ist meine Liste (list is feminine). I am not sure if my explanation is clear but DAS in that case is gender neutral. Best wishes, Marina


Thats not my chair. Not my chair not my problem, thats what i say.


Can anyone tell me why it is "mein" Stuhl if Stuhl is a "der" word? Shouldn't it be different? It makes sense to me if Stuhl were a "das" word, but it isn't.


When there's the verb "be = sein" in a sentence, then the word it is referred to keeps being in the nominative case (subject) Ex.: Das IST mein Stuhl (der Stuhl) Er hat meinEN Stuhl (der Stuhl)

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