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"Ist das deine Kuh?"

Translation:Is that your cow?

September 5, 2013



Why does duolingo never explain how possessive pronouns in German work. I shouldn't have to google this.


Are you on mobile or desktop? I found Duolingo infuriatingly low on explanations for anything until I realised there's a desktop site with tons of explanation, charts etc. As for why that isnt included in the mobile app... I dunno. I guess it's supposed to be lightweight or something but it feels pretty crippled in comparison.


There are no charts for pronouns on website. I wish they would've provided like they are providing for verbs.

The application and website have one con each; microphone may not work on websites(lot of users have complained about this) and you will not get charts for verbs on mobile app. Right now I am using both, learning through website and practicing through app.


I started out on desktop but the lessons were like homework and a chore. I went in holiday and didn't want to lose my streak so added the app to my phone and discovered it was far more fun this way! So now I'm back home and never use the desktop ;)


But, the mobile application doesn't have any tips or grammer explanations. As for example, the difference between Einer,Einem?? I don't know even I passed the level but, I don't know what is the difference.


its akusatif and dativ


What? The desktop version doesn't make you do more work. It just provides you with extra optional resources. Not sure what you're talking about.


Some of us don't have microphones for our desktop. I barely have a speaker for my desktop. Lol


Yes,it runs smoothly on my out-dated Android 2.3 device.And for grammar reference I go to Wikitionary.After all,using a super slow device cannot stop you from learning!


Ya, you are right. It is better if Duo can include such explanations?


See below about the desktop version. Also, it's free. I'm bewildered as to how good this app is, given that I paid nothing for it.


That's because they make money through the translations that you make which is somewhat bewildering.


How does that work?


I'd imagine its useful training data that they can sell to companies developing bots.


They make money from Duolingo Test Center


The translation was an old feature. Duolingo had contracts with BuzzFeed and CNN International as a source of income in the past.


I think its better to learn lamguages this way without any gramatical explanation.You shuold learn any new language as a new born child! It works better than involving in gramatical lessons.


When we go to school we go through the grammatical aspects of english. It is important to understand and makes it easier to adapt when you know the structure otherwise you may say things directly translated which do not make sense.


Well, you have a point, I tend to correct my friends -- those being native speakers, school is necessary. But bobak6 is also right to an extent that it's a valid method to learn through direct interaction, as a child would.


Is deine masculine or feminine


I recommend not relying on just one thing to learn a language. I've hopped around different apps and other resources and it helps a lot.


Nein. Das ist meine Mutter.


Deine Mutter ist so fett, dass jeder denkt, sie ist deine Kuh.


Deine is your. Dein is your. Why us the answer: Ist das DEINE Kuh?!


'cow' is feminine and so takes the feminine form of 'your'. See https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1363964/Dein-Deine-Mein-Meine


Und wer ist deine Vater?


Dein Vater, not deine


On the app, this was one of the questions where they give you all the words plus a few others, and one of the choices was "thy". With that in mind, would this also translate to "Is that thy cow?" Thy means your, IIRC.


Yeah, seems like DL doesn't like Middle English, though. It doesn't usually mark it correctly, but we can always report it, so that it changes :D.


That is still modern english, it is just early modern english. It is still excepted to use when doing various papers or tests.


'Thy' is not modern.


Back ages ago, thy was the possessive form of thou (the objective case is thee), which was an informal singular "you" in English. However, these days English speakers mostly encounter forms of thou in antiquated texts such as in Shakespeare or the King James Version of the Bible, suggesting the erroneous impression that "thou" is/was more formal.

So, yes, "thy" means the same thing as dein/deine, but it might not be the clearest translation choice for many audiences. And there really isn't a good way to convey formality/informality of "you" ('tis called a T/V distinction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E2%80%93V_distinction ) in present day standard English.


My husband and I both studied languages in college and bemoaned the lack of an informal in current English. We decided to ignore its being archaic and to "duzen" in English. We've been doing it for over 50 years. "Wouldst thou like me to warm that up for thee?"


Isn't "deine" the feminine form? That's what I've been learning in my German class.


Yes, here deine is used because Kuh is feminine in German: Die Kuh. Deine Kuh.. Whereas, das which comes before the noun is just a demonstrative pronoun as myra explained above.


ja... die Kuh... deine Kuh


Why can't it be "is that cow yours?"?


That would be "Ist die Kuh deine?". It practically means the same thing but, because there is a slight difference, your translation has to be exact for Duolingo to know that you understand.


"Is it your cow?" is not correct?


Your sentence's translation is:

"Ist es deine Kuh?"



"Ist es deine Kuh" is exactly what I heard the male voice say at full speed. If I hit the "play slow" button, I hear "Ist das deine Kuh".


What you typed is incorrect because the sentence translates to "is that your cow". Das can mean both the (only in neuter nouns, cow is feminine) and that.

What you typed would translate to "ist es deine Kuh" or "ist sie deine Kuh" (when it is a feminine noun, it is better to use sie for it).


The 'tips and notes' grammar section on the desktop version of Duolingo says as follows:

Demonstrative Pronouns in the Nominative Case

The demonstrative pronouns in English are: this, that, these, and those. In German, the demonstrative pronouns in the nominative case are the same as the definite articles. That means, "der," "die" and "das" can also mean "that (one)" or "this (one)" depending on the gender of the respective noun, and "die" can mean "these" or "those." For example, if you talk about a certain dog, you could say "Der ist schwarz" (that one is black).

If 'Kuh' is feminine, can somebody explain why it's not "Ist die deine Kuh?"


..because whenever you introduce something new, you use neuter singular 'das' irrespective of the gender and number of the Noun


What's the difference between "das" & "dass" and "Kuh" and "Rind" ??


The child = Das Kind / That is my child = Das ist mein Kind / This is the child that I love = Dies ist das Kind, das ich liebe.

"Das" always refers to a noun (here: Kind)

I hope (that) you understand = Ich hoffe, (dass) du verstehst

"Dass" is a conjunction, that can often be dropped.

"Kuh" = cow (female), a "Rind" can be a cow, a bull or an ox.


Danke, it was very helpfull


Important to know that if you drop a Dass that the word order changes.

Ich denke, dass die Antwort richtig ist. (I think that the answer is right)


Ich denke, die Antwort ist richtig. (I think the answer is right)


Thanks, have a lingot.


Danke schön für den Lingot.


Why do we use the neuter version of that???? deine=fem.; Kuh=fem.; das=neut????


In this sentence das means that (not spesific gender) and not the


What is the difference between Dein and Deine?


In Nominative and Acussative case is the same inflection Neuter=dein;femenine=deine,plural=deine. Only changes the inflection in Masculine Nominative male=dein Acussative male=deinen

Dative (male/neuter)=deinem Dative (female)=deiner Dative (plural)=deinen

Genetive (male/neuter)=deines Genetive (female/plural)=deiner

I hope that helps


I dont understand when i should use meine/mein or deine/dein. Is it gender?


yes :)

Final "e" for feminine or plurals


Why cow is feimine in German?


Often the grammatical gender doesn't necessarily make sense, but with names of animals and people it often does (cows are females by definition).


Is the word "das" applies also for "this" in English? Or das mean only that?


Either one, this or that.


Why not "Ist das eure Kuh?"


That works, but it'd mean you plural


So one question, plz help! Why we do have here "das" and not "dass" i know that dass=that


Can you tell me when i shoud use deine and where dein


So, am I conjugating "deine" in the akkusativ form? I would think I'd conjugate it in the genativ form, but if that was the case it would be "deiner."


Since "Das" and "deine Kuh" are connected by a form of "sein" (English equivalent "to be") "deine Kuh" is nominative, not accusative. By the way, "conjugate" is for the forms of a verb; for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives one has "declensions", not "conjugations" - one "declines" a possessive adjective like "deine", not "conjugates" it.


I keep writing "Is this you cow?" It should accept it as an answer


That makes it sound like you're showing a picture to a cow or something.

"Is this you, cow?"

moos in disagreement


And in German, it would be Bist du das, Kuh?


Why its deine and not dein?


Kuh is feminine, so it requires the feminine form of the adjective.


What if its a male cow, would one say "Dein Kuh"?


No -- if you want to specify that it's male, you have to use a different word, depending on whether it has been castrated or not: dein Bulle (your bull), dein Stier (your steer), dein Ochse (your ox).

The word Kuh is grammatically feminine and may refer either specifically to a female cow, or (perhaps a bit colloquially) to cattle in general if the gender of the animal is not important.

There is also das Rind, which refers to a cattle animal regardless of gender.


How do i tell when to use Dein or Deine?


Use dein before masculine or neuter nouns. Use deine before feminine or plural nouns.

Kuh is feminine, so it needs deine.


What is the difference between deine and eure? Or dein and euer?


What is the difference between deine and eure? Or dein and euer?

dein, deine is something that belongs to du -- one person whom you know well and whom you are speaking to.

euer, eure is something that belongs to ihr -- several people whom you know well and whom you are speaking to.

It's like the difference between "my" and "our", or between "her" and "their" -- is the possessor one person or do several people own the noun?


Would the formal possessive pronoun for "your" be the same as the one for "their"?


Would the formal possessive pronoun for "your" be the same as the one for "their"?

Yes, but capitalised.

  • ihre Kuh = their cow
  • Ihre Kuh = your cow


If by cow you mean girlfriend, no. I don't have one.

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