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"Ich mag die Teller."

December 24, 2012



I'm not sure what gives away Teller as being plural


the article, which is in accusative case here: die. Otherwise, it would be "den" Ich mag den Teller. But it is Ich mag die Teller. Remember that the accusative of "der" is "den", and the accusative of "die" is "die".

Good luck!


Thanks for the explanation. I guess for English speakers, getting a hang of the accusative, dative and nominative is tricky as it's not quite intuitive. Wish there was some way to deal with this


Just patience, and repetition. The German cases are very common in most of Indoeuropean languages (like in Latin, Greek, Polish... even in English, although they are not so obvious anymore), and are the basis of the grammar of modern grammar. For example, "who", "whose", "whom" are in fact different cases of the same root, just like in German.

Good luck, mein Freund!


We Spanish talkers have words for that. But it keeps being hard to understand... I guess spanish feels easier because the plural is applied both to the article and the subject: "los platos=die Teller=the plates"; "el plato=den Teller=the plate". Actually I find english easier than spanish or german


But if Teller was feminine it would also be die Teller wouldn't it? Accusative is den, die, das right? So being able to discern whether Teller was plural or feminine here rests on knowing that Teller is masculine. Are there any tricks in guessing the gender of a newly learned noun?

So far I've read that -chen tends to be neuter and -e tends to be feminen.


You're right, -chen is usually neuter and -ung is usually feminine. This page may help: http://www.learn-german-smarter.com/learn-german-articles.html


what if first time learners thought Teller is feminine, hence die?


Perhaps the ''die'' would have been a dead giveaway?


'Teller' is masculine but plural nouns use 'die'. As long as you know the gender of the word it's clear.


Is there any tricks in guessing the gender of the word?


Memorise nouns with their articles in the nominative. Don't memorise Hund = dog, but der Hund = the dog. Think of the article as part of the word.


Yes! But as far as I know there are lots of exceptions.

Masculine if it ends in -ig, -or, -ismus (and I think something like 75 percent of nouns are Masculine so a lot others as well)

Feminine if it ends in -ei, -ie, -heit, -keit, -schaft, -ung, -ion, -taet, -ade, -ik, -ur, -unft, -enz and most two syllable words that end in "e"

Neuter if it has diminuitive suffixes like -lein, or -chen, gerunds (verbs that are "nouned") and most nouns that end in -um.

Wouldn't have helped you here though, unless you went with the "must be Masculine since it doesn't follow the other endings and a majority of nouns are masculine."

My source is "English Grammar for Students of German" which i definitely reccomend.


This is my number 1 question, how can Germans remember all the genders?


They just know them. HAHAHHA it happens the same in spanish, my first language. You just know the gender of all nouns.


i dont know german well


Does anyone notice what a funny sentence is that??? 'I like plates.' Lol :-) My fav sentence!


Except it's 'I like THE plates' which is a reasonable sentence as they might have particularly pretty patterns on.

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