A : Ist dein Tisch neu?
B :
(1) Ja, er ist neu.
(2) Ja, es ist neu.
(3) Ja, der ist neu.

Tisch is masculine. So I know B-(1) is correct. But can we say B-(2) also? I think 'es' is for neutral nouns so it is wrong to use 'es' here. and I understand B-(3) is also correct.
Please a native German speaker check if my understanding is correct. Thanks!

  • 3
    You are right, (1) and (3) are correct and (2) is wrong.
    – RoyPJ
    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:53
  • 5
    (2) is wrong and (1) and (3) are correct. You should use es only for neuter nouns. Neuter pronouns are not a wildcard for all genders.
    – clemens
    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:54

1 Answer 1


The noun der Tisch is masculine. So only masculine pronouns can refer to it.

  • er
    masculine personal pronoun
  • es
    neuter personal pronoun
  • der
    masculine demonstrative pronoun

This means:

Ja, er ist neu. = richtig
Ja, es ist neu. = falsch
Ja, der ist neu. = richtig


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