"Dies ist ein Dollar."
Translation:This is a dollar.
So... probably a newbie question, but why Dies and not the good old Das?
Das ist ein Dollar. would also be grammatical and would have a similar meaning.
Dies ist ein Dollar. is a bit more strongly "this" as opposed to "that".
So is this in the sense of "This is a dollar (bill).", "This (costs) a dollar.", or both?
The first, I would say.
For "costs", I would has Das macht einen Dollar., not Dies/Das ist ein Dollar.
why is ein used instead of einen? Dollar is masculine and shouldn't it be einen Dollar?
The verb "ist" doesn't cause the object to take the accusative form, I believe.
For all statements pertaining to money, is 'dies' always used and not the typical forms: 'diese', 'dieses', 'dieser'?
"dies" is simply colloquial for "dieses". Maybe that already answers your question.
Extended answers: Using "dieses" here is nothing special regarding money. It simply refers to the neutrum "it" (something defined but of unknown property). However, if you're referring to a certain dollar (and you already established it's a dollar), it would become "dieser Dollar", as single units of a currency is masculine. Note that currencies in German is immutable, hence plural would be "diese Dollar" as opposed to "these dollars" (mind the 's') in English.
Googling "demonstrative pronoun german" will give you a way better introduction than what I just gave you though.
Dies is a variant of Dieses :
I am using dictation to dictate the English answers, and this one was transcribed as "$1". Though technically not my first choice of spelling, is there a solid reason why this was rejected?
I think it was rejected because 'ein dollar' is referring to 'one bill' not 'one American dollar which is indicated by '$1'. I could be wrong, but that's my understanding.
No, it refers to the amount of money (four quarters, one one-dollar bill, etc.). As DkBybee said, Duo generally requires numbers (and dollars) to be written out.
Writing the number doesn't matter. I use numbers all of the time on here. In fact I just got the question correct by using the "1 dollar" the problem as stated before is in the answer "$1" Because the currency between the US and Germany isn't the same the use of $ makes the answer wrong. Remember there isn't a one-dollar bill in Europe. 1 Euro is a coin. There are 7 banknotes starting with €5 and ending with €500.
Will someone please explain what the difference between "Dies" and "Das" is? By the way, I learned from another German course that there is no differentiation between "this" and "that" in German, unless you specifically say "Dies/Das hier" or "Dies/Das dort," so I am pretty sure that isn't the answer.
I think it is the same as "das ist ein Dollar" because "das" and "dies" are both the same in german language and "dies" is rarely used in spoken language.
When you're using "dies-" as just a pronoun, not before a noun, you just use the uninflected "dies." So "Dies ist ein Dollar" even though it's "Dieser Dollar ist mein."
Ich habe dieses Wort "dies" in deutsch nie gehört. Ist das ein literatursprachlich Wort?
I wouldn't say it is, no.
It's not as common in day-to-day spoken language as das hier and das da, but I wouldn't consider dies to be unusual.
So; 'das ist ein euro und dies ist ein dollar'. Would that be a good sentence to highlight the difference between the two?
No, because „dies ist ein Euro und das ist ein Dollar“ is also a completely reasonable sentence.
Whenever we use "this" as a pronoun ("This is" rather than "This dollar," "This flower," etc.), we use the uninflected form "Dies." It's the same idea as not inflecting an adjective when it's not right before a noun ("Dieser Dollar ist grün," not "grüner").
Similarly, we use "Das" when we're using "that" as a pronoun regardless of the noun's gender ("Das ist ein Dollar").
No, it isn't.
Dies ist ... is used for singular things, Dies sind ... for plural things -- the word dies always remains the same in this kind of sentence (always neuter singular).
Dies ist der Vater. Dies ist die Mutter. Dies ist das Haus. Dies sind die Kinder. "This is the father. This is the mother. This is the house. These are the children."