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"Ich mag die Teller."

December 24, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/patanet7

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

December 24, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/alemanista

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!

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/imdn

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

December 30, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/alemanista

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!

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Camanarac

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

February 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/razorstorm

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.

February 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AgenTsi

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

April 5, 2013

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

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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December 24, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Higginz1991

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

January 4, 2013

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

January 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/razorstorm

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

February 14, 2013

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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.

March 19, 2013

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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.

March 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/moneypocket

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

February 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JulioFdez-Prada

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

March 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/grisha

i dont know german well

December 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivaylo_Ivanov

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

March 24, 2013

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

March 24, 2013
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