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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.
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
You posted the above quite some time ago, and I don't see any recent activity on your profile, but in case you're still out there or plan to return some day, have you ever visited Forvo? It's a pronunciation dictionary for several different languages, to include German. Here's a link to it if you haven't:
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.
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.
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.
«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?