Is this idiom describing the tendency of weather in April to be unpredictable?
"Der April tut, was er will" ist die im österreichischen Deutsch gebräuchlichere Form dieses Sprichworts
"tun" = "machen"
tun - a cognate of 'do'
machen - a cognate of 'make'
Is the comma a mus here?
Yep, every time you have a sub-clause in German, there must be a comma. This is different from English.
How come its er, not es? Its like april is a masculine person like a man
In German every noun has a grammatical gender. That is not connected to natural genders and not restricted to persons. So, yes, "April" is masculine. So it needs to be "er".
So, are you saying that in Austrian German they do not use "macht" -- instead they use "tut"? How interesting! :)
both are used. "machen" is a bit less formal
Why is it not accepted as an answer if it is correct to use "tut".
So it seems to accept both "Der April macht, was es will." and "Der April macht, was er will." Is using es for all inanimate objects acceptable?
No, it needs to be "was er will", because April is masculine in German. Your "es" probably only got "accepted" as containing a typo.
I've been using the noun's gender. The noun in this case being 'April'. I'm not sure it applies in all cases, but Duo keeps marking me correct.
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Why is Der April tut was er will wrong??
Of course it means the same. But it is a saying which just runs like this.
Is the definite article triggering the use of a sub-clause? The two answers given are "April macht was er will" and "Der April macht, was er willst"
Is this a bad translation of TS Eliott's 'April is the cruelest month'?
It's a proverb.
I don't think so. A translation of the The Waste Land's first verse could be „April ist der grausamste Monat”
Hier kann KEINER mir sagen, "Der April TUT, was er will" wäre nicht korrekt. Man sagt es IMMER so, zumindest hier in der Gegend!
I wrote "was es will" and was marked correct, can it be both es and er?
Names of months are always masculine in German. So it needs to be "er". "es" should not be accepted in this context.