"It is a menu."
Translation:Det är en meny.
When do you use den or det for it? I thought that because meny was an -en word, it would go with den.
Duolingo flagged my use of den as a typo so I didn't lose a heart but I don't think I've understood Swedish pronouns properly.
I think it's like... When you say "Det" in the sentence, you are saying a general "it", you haven't identified what "it" is yet, so at that point in the sentence you can't say "den" yet because you don't know that it's a menu. If you were to continue the conversation and say "It is a menu. It is brown" then you could use "den" in the second sentence because you have already identified the menu in the context of the conversation. That is how I would rationalize it, if that makes sense?
This truly helped me to understand the usage of "det" and "den." Thank you very much.
like in German. You can use das for everything. das ist ein Rock. Er ist schön. But if you wanna use it again in the next sentence you gotta say, er/sie/es
They are not. 'En' is called common gender, whole 'ett' is called neutral gender, and their use is pretty random ('en' is much more frequent). Nothing to do with femenine/masculine.