"Bist du nicht der Gute?"

December 23, 2012


Are you the good, in English, makes no sense.

December 23, 2012

All nouns in German are capitalized, in this sentence "Gute" is capitalized and becomes a noun making it specific to one person - "good one". Writing "Are you the good" in English only counts as correct because it literally directly translates into that. Had the "G" in Gute not been capitalized, it would make the same amount of sense in German as "Are you the good" does in English.

December 23, 2012

Personally, even the sentence "Are you the good one?" makes very little sense in English. Sure, it COULD make sense in a very specific context, but for the most part, it does not.

January 16, 2013

But that's exactly like many other phrases, it makes sense only with context.

January 17, 2013

Yes, I am the good one, here is the bad one, and please meet mr ugly over there

January 28, 2013

I agree, does it mean... are you ok? in a health perspective, or?

January 9, 2013

No, it's to be used in a very specific context ... like you were looking for some doctor named Müller, say, and you found him, but he was the wrong doctor. There would be some confusion and you could then ask "Bist du/Sind Sie nicht der Gute?"

January 18, 2013

Translation makes no sense. Is it some german thing that doesn't translate well to English?

January 1, 2013

Should the translation not be "Are you not the best?" That makes more sense to me in both languages.

December 30, 2012

"the best" would translate to "der Beste" as a noun, as an adjective would have to be the superlative "am besten"or the comparative "better" > "besser".

January 18, 2013

why "Der Gute" ?

January 3, 2013

This verb (sein; to be) is a linking verb which uses nominative case, not accusative. There are a few of these but this one is common.

January 11, 2013

So, assuming this makes sense in German, what would be a good free translation of this phrase?

"Aren't you (supposed to be) the good one?" maybe?

January 6, 2013

How is You are the good? can be an accepted answer when there is a nicht in the german phrase?

January 12, 2013

The I encounter this kind of phrases I google them and most of the times you find them in a concrete context and you get the idea.

January 10, 2013

Are all the adjectives used as nouns -- like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- always masculine (der)?

January 3, 2013

Depending on context, yes, they can all be correct. "der" when referring to a man, "die" to a woman and "das" when referring to a child, for example. It is only implied here that the "good one" is a he.

January 18, 2013

Does this mean "Are you not the best?" in English?

January 12, 2013

Here it says Gute is "Good ones" not "good one" So I can assume it's both?

January 22, 2013

I would have to say no, because the article "der" is definitely singular. If the sentence was plural, it would then HAVE to use "die". Maybe it's an error.

January 23, 2013
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