"Das Kind mag seine Mutter."

Translation:The child likes his mother.

December 29, 2012



As a native speaker, when you do not know the persons gender, you can say their instead of his or her. So, I wrote "The child likes their mother." Duolingo does not accept this, but it is acceptable English.

May 26, 2013


Is "its mother" in English grammatically correct?

September 26, 2013


For people, not really. For animals, it's fine.

November 28, 2013


In English, you don't refer to any person as "it" unless you want to be rude/insulting.

August 27, 2015


This sounds correct in English. We have the awkward problem of avaoiding that lengthy phrase "his or her" as an alternative. "The child loves its mother" would be said, suggesting the appropriate gender tacitly. This is acceptable (and economical and thus elegant) English.

March 29, 2014



November 28, 2014


It's commonly used in English, at least. Traditional grammar would have you use "his Mother" in that case.

November 28, 2013


Besides, I am a Spanish person trying to learn German through English hahaha, this stuff drives me crazy

September 4, 2013


Al fin encontre a alguien :)

May 18, 2016


Same here, keep it up :)

April 19, 2017


his or its?

January 15, 2013



This sentence (Das Kind mag seine Mutter) implies the sex of that particular child, doesn't refer to the gender of the german word "das Kind",

The form for "the child likes her mother" would be "Das Kind mag ihre Mutter" - both ihre and seine are in the feminine as they proceed Mutter but specify the sex of the child.

January 21, 2013


I'm fairly sure that grammatically the gender isn't "passed" to the child and that grammatically we shouldn't know from this sentence what gender the child has. Seine is the possessive pronoun for both Maskulin and Neutrum. Aber, ich bin noch ein Anfänger!

February 7, 2013


You're right in noticing that the neuter gender of das Kind is the one to be referred to. It is just that sein also means its, as well as his. That's it.

November 1, 2018


but surely seine means specifically 'His'??

June 12, 2013


No, sein is the possessive for his AND its, masculine and neuter. Das Kind is neuter so uses sein as the possessive. Die Mutter is feminine and so we must add an -e to sein hence seine. The reality is that Das Kind mag seine Mutter should not accept The child likes his mother as a valid translation.

August 21, 2013


Since das can also mean this, can I say "This" child likes his mother."? If not, why's that?

April 25, 2013


I went for 'the child likes their mother' but this is technically grammatically wrong in English. If you don't know the gender, you put 'his'.

May 6, 2013


Ya, we wouldn't say the kid likes it's mother. Not in US.

September 18, 2013


In Australia we'd say 'its mother' if we didn't know the gender of the child.

October 31, 2013


As far as I know, English use IT for things. So the only correct form is 2.

September 30, 2013


In english, we also use it for animals when we don't know the gender

July 20, 2015


His own mother, or someone else's mother?

February 18, 2019

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could be both, but without cotext you would assume the former.

March 21, 2019
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