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"Ein Kind"

Translation:A child

December 24, 2012

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Ein is for masculine and Eine is for female and Kind meaning kid or child


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


Nominative: Der/ein (masculine) (The/a; one) Die/eine (femenine) (The/a; one) Das/einen (neutral) (The/a; one)


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...


As a side-note, all nouns ending in "chen" are either always, or very likely, to have the "das" definite article.


if you had used "ein Madchen" it would have been right, what was wrong is the article. Madchen is neutral not femenine


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.


its impossible to help people who NEVER study, they want to learn simply by "osmosis"


Is this a boy or a girl child? How can you tell?


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.


ist es ein Kind oder ein Mädchen? Not so difficult right?


I find it easy to remember Kind since inna way, its kid with a n in it...


What would " a girl " be?


A girl is "ein Mädchen"


when we say a kid hw do we pronunce it as a kind or kindt?


in german you have to pronounce every letter, therefore if you pronounce "kindt" you are saying nothing


Why ein? !!! Shouldn't it be einen?


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)


Hello I'm Chinese ..I learn Deutsch today


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.


I dont get when to use "der","das" or "die" ?


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.

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