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"Der Junge, das Mädchen"

Translation:The boy, the girl

May 30, 2015



why not say : Das Junge ,das Madchen? I wondering why Junge is masculline but Madchen is neuter?? Can somebody help? Many Thanks


There is little logic to German noun genders - I recommend that you simply learn them along with the word.

For nouns describing people, the gender usually matches the sex (nouns referring to male people are usually masculine: der Vater, der Junge, der Sohn, der Bruder; nouns referring to female people are usually feminine: die Mutter, die Tochter, die Schwester).

"Das Mädchen" does not follow this because it is a diminutive, and all diminutives in -chen are neuter. The base noun (die Maid) was in fact feminine but it is not used much any more in standard Germans (I believe it survives in some dialects).


Thanks...der for male, die for female & das for neuter


In grammar, we usually use the words "masculine, feminine, neuter" for the three genders of German, not "male" or "female".


What about the millions of other genders. Lol


German has exactly three grammatical genders.

Grammatical gender is not, in general, related to natural gender of people -- for example, die Person "the person" is grammatically feminine, regardless of the (natural) gender of that person, and das Mädchen "the girl" is grammatically neuter, though girls are female.


Thank you very much! vielen dank!!


The the guide . Der is for masculine words . Das is for nueter words. Die is for feminine."


words ending in "chen" are automatically neuter


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    What is the difference between using das, die, and der? Why are each of them used?


    I believe this topic is mostly covered already in this thread, but something that hasn't been explicitly stated is that in German each noun has a grammatical gender. Based on the gender of the noun, there is a different word for the. It might seem useless but it's how the language works. Read the other comments if you want to know specifically which gender correlates to which article. Hope this helps :)


    My question is. Why is the girl das instead of die?


    Grammatical gender often does not coincide with assumed gender. You are assuming that the word girl is feminine because what the noun is describing is but they are two entirely seperate things that do not effect each other in any way.
    For example die tur means the door, yet this does not insinuate that doors are female just that the word for doors carrying the grammatical gender feminine just as the word for girl carries the gender neuter


    The exercise keeps telling me "der jumge" is wrong - the only other choices are die and dad! And the program won't move on!!!


    try : der Junge
    It may be rejecting it due to the spelling error


    I used der as there was no option for Der


    Come on can't move on,the answer is not available. You are looking for tbe answer Der,all you offer is der!


    There was no selection of "Der" available. Es gibt keine Auswahl von "Der" verfügbar


    Cant go passed here its refusing to select even the right answer


    Got stuck as no answer was correct. That's annoying.


    but das is neuter. should it not be die if the word is feminine?


    Indeed it should be "die", if the word were feminine. But "das Mädchen" (like all diminutives in -chen) is grammatically neuter.

    The grammatical gender does not always agree with the natural gender.


    Thank you thank you! I never knew there was a general rule that the diminutives (-chen) are neuter!


    Shouldn't 'A boy, A girl' also be correct?


    No - "der, die, das" are the German definite article, corresponding to the English definite article "the".

    The indefinite articles in German, corresponding to the English indefinite article "a, an", are "ein, eine".

    (The German definite and indefinite articles may also have different endings depending on case.)


    ''Der Junge, das Madchen''


    "The boy, the little maggot".

    Not quite the same thing.

    Pay attention to the umlauts!


    This may be a stupid question but if i was to write this on paper and want to say "girl" not "maggot" would i put dots or use ae?


    Dots. Writing umlauted letters with dots over them is standard - "ae oe ue" is only used as an emergency solution if you can't type the dotted letter. But if you're handwriting, there's no font or keyboard problem :)


    For Mädchen could you also put kind?



    Mädchen = girl

    Kind = child

    A child can be a boy or a girl.


    can y'all like turn off the speaking setting


    Der junge und die frau is answer but the option that they gave is die , das. So, I need help to contuine next question.


    No -- die Frau is "the woman", not "the girl".

    "the girl" is das Mädchen.


    It does not Der. Some problem with the system


      If you have a problem with the function of the lesson or app, report it during the lesson or here.

      If I've misunderstood and your question is related to the grammar, could you please rephrase?


      There's a bug in this one. I keep sending der and it marks me wrong.




      What do you mean? Where is there no der?

      What kind of exercise did you see? "type what you hear"? multiple choice? tap the matching pairs? translate a sentence by tapping words from a word bank? translate a sentence by typing on a keyboard?

      What did you write?

      What, exactly, was the complete text of the error message you saw?


      The correct answer is shown to be"Der", capital D. But all the answers offered are lower case, ie "der" shoo it counts answer as incorrect. All the answers offered are counted as incorrect.


      Thanks. Was this a "fill in the blank" exercise with multiple options for what goes into the blank?

      I've found one such exercise and have tried to disable it. I'm not sure how long it takes for that to take effect in the public course -- especially in mobile apps which may need to wait for the next release.

      Are you using the website or a mobile app? If so, which one?


      This sentence has a typo. All three options are written low key and so the systems considers them all wrong. I know it should be Der.


      Fix this bug!!!! All answers are "incorrect" even "der".


      Der is not given in optiond


      i put in Der and got a wrong answer, The correction said Der then.


      There is an annoying bug here. Of the three answers given, none are accepted. Cannot move past this question.


      There's no correct answer?


      In options there was no der


      I cant say Mädchen


      what do I say the meaning or what is written


      I was right. Does the app mark things wrong if you dont have punctuation or spelling?


      The app generally ignores punctuation.

      If you make a simple spelling mistake (e.g. one letter added or dropped or changed) and the result does not make a new word (e.g. misspelling boy as boz), then you generally get a typo warning but the sentence is accepted. If the misspelling is another valid word (e.g. misspelling boy as box), the sentence will be marked wrong.

      What was the entire answer you had typed?


      Can you guys help me to distinguish between DIE, DAS and DER ? I cannot understand that.


      Why can't we say boi instead of boy, it's a cooler version but duolingo doesn't approve those king of words.


      duolingo doesn't approve those king of words.


      Please use standard written English on Duolingo.


      How come they dont use die Maid anymore that would make it easier to remember?


      How come they dont use die Maid anymore that would make it easier to remember?

      Because speakers of a language don't worry about whether their language is easy or difficult for foreigners to learn. They just speak (more or less) the way they hear it from their parents.


      Anyone else struggling to understand Der and Die. They sound the same to me.


      There seems to be a glitch that keeps happening with many of the phrases where the sound wont play at all


      Can it also be written "Der junge, das mädchen" or are the capitals necessary?


      All nouns are capitalised in German. The capitalisation is part of the correct spelling.

      mädchen (no capital) would just just as much a mistake as Medchen (e for ä): both are simply incorrect spelling.


      Thank you. I have never seen text in German before this course. Good to know.


      it does not sound right


      why is "the boy, the girls" not accepted?? Mädchen is both girl and girls


      Mädchen is both girl and girls


      But das Mädchen is only "the girl".

      "the girls" (plural) would be die Mädchen, with the plural article die rather than the neuter (singular) article das.

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