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Hello all! We are not talking about singular or plural,this phrase is related with the definite article and its use. I quote:
The definite article “Der” Use der for the with masculine words. The man is eating -= Der Mann isst.
The definite article “die” Use die for the with feminine words. The woman eats bread -= Die Frau isst Brot.
The definite article “das” Use das for the with neuter words. The Child -= Das Kind End quote.
Then, as DouLingo says, CHILD is a neutral word, and the correct TRANSLATION is The child Das Kind
A CHILD is a GIRL or a BOY.
"Mädchen" is a weird word. It not feminine, it is neutral. This is why they used Das.
Hi abd-el98. Not really ALL words ending on "chen" are neutral."speichen" for exampel, plural of "die speiche", is feminin. But normally yes: "Kind-chen" ist a small child=Kind. And that in fact is neutrum. So whenever "chen" means "a small ...." it is neutrum. Regards
The the guide . Der is for masculine words . Das is for nueter words. Die is for feminine."
Wait, so, is "die" always the plural form of "the," no matter what the gender of the noun is?
Yes, that is right. The plural of "der Mann" is "die Männer", of "die Frau" "die Frauen" and of "das Kind" "die Kinder". There's only one definite plural article in German.
I think it's an exception because it's a borrowed word.
Borrowed from English, which borrowed it from French, le talent.
Is child(kind) neuter in german? If yes so it's the reason that we use das for it?
Hi Nouns in German are Three types;
Masculine-Neuter-Feminine for example;
In The Nominative case;
on the gender of their nouns generally speaking the definite article,, Der(The) and indefinite article,,Ein,, are used for Masculine nouns
Die(The) and indefininte article,,Eine,, are used for Feminine nouns
Das(The) and indefinite article,,Ein,,are used for Neuter nouns
Der Mann-Ein Mann
Die Frau-Eine Frau
Das Mädchen-Ein Mädchen
The grammatical gender may not match the biological gender Mädchen(Girl) is a Neuter noun
Anything ending in suffix-chen or lein is a ,,Diminutive,,form and generally means a smaller or younger version of the root word
could anyone recommend an online german-english dictionary? particularly with explicit phonetic alphabet and pronunciation? thanks in advance!
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Im an english speaker and is the "D" in german more pronounce like "D" or "T". Cause it sounds more like KinT.
Letters aren't sounds; they represent sounds, and a single letter can represent several sounds. A bit like how there is no "A" sound in English - "mad" and "made" do not sound the same.
Similarly, the letter D in German can represent at least two sounds.
At the beginning or in the middle of a word, it is /d/; the sound represented by D in English.
At the end of a word, all German consonants are devoiced, and so the letters B D G represent /p t k/.
So Kind (child) is pronounced like "Kint" but Kinder (children) is pronounced more or less like "Kinda" -- because the D is at the end of a word in the singular but not in the plural.
There's no logical reason, just consider it's an undifferentiated kid.
Things are not always neutral, they can also be feminine or masculine. Die Sonne = the sun.
Can someone explain how we are supposed to know , ? Gender ? , of objects - such as , Der Himmel , Die Sonne ? It seems there is something I am missing with , word The , is it gender alone that effects THE , if so how can we know which gender ? Other than it becoming natural by repeat lessons ? Thanks to any one helps . Thank you
We are not supposed to guess, we are supposed to learn gender + noun, each time with a new word. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I can guess «Die Sonne» is feminine, because of the ending -e, there are few rules about ending and gender, but the best way is always to learn the gender when you meet a new word.
«Kid» is still accepted.
I wonder if there's a best translation for «kid» as «kid» is a familiar noun... What's the familiar noun for «child» in German.
I read that «kid» came from the goat's baby in English. But they seems cognate. Someone knows about kid and Kind etymology, it appears it's a coincidence they look like, but is it?
I correctly translated to "the child" and it still said i was wrong. Exact same spelling as on the "incorrect " pop up!
My guess: it's because people tend to ask the same questions over and over AND OVER again! Many people do not read "Tips and Notes" that are in the beginning of the lessons and which explain the grammar, spelling and punctuation of the language. Many also do not read the comments before posting their questions. Many times, their questions have already been answered in the previous comments (several times over!). Others just make nonsensical comments/bad language/spam.
It is not supposed to sound as d. In German voiced consonants become unvoiced at the end of a word. But the spelling never changes.
Why "A child" is not accepted? It's not that a particular child is a subject in "das Kind", or am I wrong?
It's Mädchen, not madchen (with «M» and «ä»).
It's das, because of the gender of the word, neutral.
I translated Das Kind to be The child and it tells me I'm wrong, and correct translation is The child. It does this frequently. What is going wrong here? I have screenshots and it doesnt make sense.
If you have screenshots, post them in the general forum, or send a bug report in the Duolingo Help Center.
No. Das Brot, der Tee, die Tomate, die Milch, der Apfel. It is just like somebody rolled the dice. ;-)
Help me here . I read someone saying that die is feminine but why Die Mann is the man and not Der Mann
Hello Dear PrithulBah / In the nominative case ,,Der definite article for Masculine Die for Feminine Das for Neuter 'Mann' is Masculine so definite article is ' Der'
Die is the feminine article, but also the plural article for all genders.
You can't use «die» with «Mann» as it's a masculine noun. You can only use «die» with its plural form. Die Männer = the men.
The word Kind is neuter -- that is why it is das Kind. (if it had been feminine, it would have been die Kind.)
Kind, like "child", can refer either to a male child (a boy) or a female child (a girl).
It's not the feminine die that is used here but the plural die.
The plural article is die for all genders.
For example, der Mann -- die Männer; die Frau -- die Frauen; das Kind -- die Kinder.