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"Die ersten beiden, ja."

January 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComboViera

Why is it "ersten" instead of "erste" here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mchong

Why do you say 'beiden' here instead of 'zwei' to mean 'two'? Is it like in Chinese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyky

"zwei" would work here, too. "beide(/n/r/s)" usually means "both" but here it means "two" (as there are more than two here). What is it like in Chinese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mchong

Ah, got it. Thanks! In Chinese, there's a word for the number two which is 二, but there's another word that means two when you're talking about two of something - 两. Technically though, you can use 二 to mean two of something too, but the other option is more common.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duoderSie

Aahh, that is the difference in german between ein/e/en/em and eins, the latter being the number or digit 1. But german doesn't have this difference for other numbers


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyky

Interesting. :)

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