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Ein is also for neuter, also, Kind is not "die", it's "das".
Das Kind = the child
Die Kinder = the children (plural is often die)
Ein Kind = a child
I don't quite understand why Ein Junge can be a kid or a boy, while (according to Duo) Ein Kind is only a kid. I had written "a boy" and was marked wrong. Kind is only for infants? Very little children, whose sex you do not know?
kind is child in english and has not yet a gender in a general way of speaking . Junge is a boy that is a young male, Mädchen is a girl but in german grammar has not yet gender. That's the way languages are. You just have to learn it by heart
So, i'm confused why the word ein is used with Madchen, even though it is a girl. I got marked wrong when i used eine Madchen...
if you had used "ein Madchen" it would have been right, what was wrong is the article. Madchen is neutral not femenine
As a side-note, all nouns ending in "chen" are either always, or very likely, to have the "das" definite article.
I understand the articles, DonTeorino. And that you need to memorize oddities in foreign languages. What seems strange is that they say "Ein Kind" and I cannot translate with "a boy". Because in English you can interchange the word "child" and ¨boy" (as long as the gender is perceived to be male). "Kind" must be more for infants, or when you want to emphasize childish nature, without specifying gender.
"ein Kind!" can only be translated as "child" never as boy or girl. Baby, for instance, is neutral in english, even if you are aware of the gender, and if you want to speak properly you refer to the baby as "it"
That would be pretty rude, IMO, unless you didn't know the gender or it just weren't clear, if you were speaking to the parents of a baby, calling him/her an "it" all the time. A baby certainly is either a male or a female. "baby" is often referred to as a he or she, once the gender is known. If there's any truth to this rule that baby should always be "it", then I can gladly say that a lot of people ignore "it". There are times when saying "it" would be acceptable, but there are times when I would advice against it.
Nominative: Der/ein (masculine) (The/a; one) Die/eine (femenine) (The/a; one) Das/einen (neutral) (The/a; one)
its impossible to help people who NEVER study, they want to learn simply by "osmosis"
You can't tell. It's actually more often used in plural when you have boys and girls. Or when you you want emphazise the age of the person like: You can't go with us you are a child.
in german you have to pronounce every letter, therefore if you pronounce "kindt" you are saying nothing
only if the noun is masculine and is in accusative case, it would be einen, "ein Kind" is in Nominative
Can you explain difference between accusative and nominative giving examples, both in English and German? Thanks
I'll have a go, ...
Nope, I can't think of a way to explain the cases, but I can give examples:
Du hast einen Apfel. = Akk.
Es ist ein Apfel. = Nom.
Sie lesen ein Buch. = Akk
Es ist ein Buch, das ich lesen will. = Nom.
(not 100% sure my Nebensatz is right, there)
Hi, here's something else to learn:
"Hallo. Ich bin Chinisische/r ..heute lerne ich Deutsch."
Hallo = hello
Ich bin = I am
Chinisische/r = a Chinese person (female/male)
Heute = today
lerne ich Deutsch = I learn German. (heute went first to emphasise that it is today that you learn German. You can say it in a few different ways, though.)
Hope that was worth the read.
wow! that's some question! der is for masculine substantives, das is for neutral ones, and die is for femenine and plural..Try to study otherwise you won't be able to learn anything.
Besides what Don said, einen would also be the Akkusativ, a case in which the example is not. "Das ist ein Hund." vs "Ich habe einen Hund." the latter being the Akkusativ.
from what i understood kind is neuter and you only get to change ein to einen if it's masculine
ein is used both for masculine and neutral, as child (kind) is neutral you have to use "ein"
Whats the difference between Ein and Eine? Both can be used for non-vowels?
usually Ein is masculin and Eine is femenine. but it all comes down to how the word is conjugated or what its started with, either Der, Die, Das, Den, Des, Dem. lots of conjugation though
But I am still not getting the exact difference between Ein and Eine, I have understood that they specify male and female respectively. But there meanings are still unclear to me
SINGULAR: Der = male (derr Mann) Die = female (die Frau) Das = neuter (das Mädchen)
PLURAL: Die = ever for male, female and neuter (die Männer; die Frauen; die Mädchen).
das and einen for neutral,,,,,,die and eine for feminine .........sentences like this are pretty helpful... Danke for that
Not sure if this question has already posted, not gonna waste time to search, but, isn't it a little sexist if only ein is allowed both neuter nouns? Since ein is, after all, the female article.
languages sexistst? you must be out of your mind, people may be sexist,but languages NEVER. The way german people comunicate with each other is what we are trying to study. And it has nothing to do with sex, at least not in the way you imply.(by the way the female article is "eine")