"Die Lehrer trinken."

Translation:The teachers are drinking.

December 23, 2012



Because in this sentence is in plural, is "The teachers drink" remember is "Der Lehrer" -masculine "Die Lehrerin"-femenine "Die Lehrer"-plural

December 23, 2012


And the verb form is plural - trinken instead of trinkt.

February 23, 2013


I am confused with the usage of die, der, das, dem, den, and what have you.

January 10, 2013


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

January 14, 2013


Have you read all the information in tips and notes?

March 7, 2013


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.

February 15, 2018


Here, go to these two websites and your German will be as good as anyone in Germany (providing you like it)

(1) www.Isa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Gender.html (2)https://easy-deutsch.de/en/nouns/cases/

Try them and please comment back if they don't work. :) :D

August 6, 2018

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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"

April 14, 2013


As a teacher I can confirm that the original sentence is accurate. ;)

February 14, 2018


why is "the teacher drinks" wrong?

December 23, 2012


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.

January 12, 2013


"Die" can be a plural article, and it is combined with the plural verb here.

December 25, 2012


Die and trinken are both plural.

January 2, 2013


I think its cause "trinken" suggests its plural. as oppose to "trinkt" I'm not sure myself.

December 25, 2012


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.

January 2, 2013


Die Maenner is the men.

April 19, 2013


Der Lehrer=the male teacher; Die Lehrer=the teachers

February 5, 2013


I don't think "Der" implies the teacher is male, rather that the noun "Lehrer" is masculine.

February 13, 2013


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)

February 18, 2013


(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?

February 18, 2013


Ja. Verbs agree with the subject.

April 1, 2013


verdammt this teacher one always gets me - Der Lehrer is singular and Die Lehrer is plural, right...?

February 27, 2013


Why is "teachers drink" is wrong

February 1, 2013


'Die' ('the') specify those specific teachers. Without it, it would just be teachers in general

February 5, 2013


the machine took me out a heart, but never told me the sentece

October 15, 2013


I still don't understand what is wrong with the teachers drink

January 20, 2014


They should not do it in front of the kids ;)

August 5, 2014


Did not know that kind of plural

October 14, 2017
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