Because in this sentence is in plural, is "The teachers drink" remember is "Der Lehrer" -masculine "Die Lehrerin"-femenine "Die Lehrer"-plural
I am confused with the usage of die, der, das, dem, den, and what have you.
Me too. I'd love a small lesson with the Basics to go through them individually. Almost every time I lose a heart it's down to them
All Nouns have gender, Masculine, Feminine, Nuetral and plural And depending on the nouns position in the sentence gives it a case: Nominative (Subject), Accusative (object being directly affected), Dative (indirectly affected), and Genetive (things being of or from something) I sugest looking at a website for better deffinitions if that is unclear. Now the case changes the der, die, or das like so.... Nom. der die das die Acc. den die das die Dat. dem der dem den Gen. des der des der
Best of luck to you.
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Please be careful when you use such a sentence. When you tell someone in a German speaking country "der XXX trinken" what 9 out of 10 people will comprehend is that this group of XXX or this X is an alcoholic. The sentence can only be used in a neutral meaning if you add what XXX are drinking ie. "Die Lehrer trinken Kaffee"
You would be correct if it is "Die Lehrerin trinkt".
Male teacher = Der Lehrer Female teacher = Die Lehrerin
If Die in conjunction with a male noun it can be an indication of a plural.
"Die" can be a plural article, and it is combined with the plural verb here.
I think its cause "trinken" suggests its plural. as oppose to "trinkt" I'm not sure myself.
Both becauser trinken is plural and also because "Die" is the plural for a masculine noun, as opposed to "der" for singular. ex, "Der Mann" is "the man", "die Mann" is the men.
I don't think "Der" implies the teacher is male, rather that the noun "Lehrer" is masculine.
true, but in this case it does Der Lehrer=the male teacher Die Lehrerin=the female teacher Die Lehrer=The teachers and i'm not sure about this one but: Die Lehrerinnen=the female teachers (with not even one male teacher)
(Der Lehrer trinkt.) In that sentence, its one teacher and drink is "trinkt". Does the word trinkt change to trinken because the subject is now plural?
verdammt this teacher one always gets me - Der Lehrer is singular and Die Lehrer is plural, right...?
'Die' ('the') specify those specific teachers. Without it, it would just be teachers in general