I'm reading a story, and it says:

Der Bär sah die rostigen, schmalen Schienen, die zum Bergwerk führten, und sagte: „Ich würde gerne mal in die Mine reinspazieren und mir ein funkeliges Goldstückchen holen.“

And I don't understand the grammar and meaning of the bolded sentence. For example, what is the article die role here?

Any help is appreciated.

1 Answer 1


This is not an article, but a relative pronoun. The relevant parts of the sentence translate to:

The bear saw the rusty, narrow rails, which were leading to the mine, and said:

die in the German sentence corresponds to which in the English sentence.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.