"Sie isst eine Erdbeere."

Translation:She eats a strawberry.

January 3, 2013



Why is it she if "Sie" is you and if sie is also "she" then how can you tell the difference

February 7, 2013


There are 2 ways that spring to mind:

The first is that verbs are conjugated differently for different articles. In this case the base verb "essen" becomes "isst" to fit with "sie" (she). If it had been "Sie" (you), then the verb would've been conjugated to "essen". So by looking at the verb you can tell which "S/sie" is being used.

The second, and less obvious, way is that "Sie" is not just "you" but "you" (formal). The context of the sentence/situation etc. will often help differentiate this but usually in basic German language teaching, "Sie" is used all that often anyway.

Hope that helps :)

February 25, 2013


In the "formal you" case, would the verb also been useful to distinguish the article?

May 25, 2014


Actually there are 3 sie`s. sie they, Sie you formal, and sie she. pay attention to the case I typed them in. You can tell sie they and sie she apart by the word that follows them. For example, sie haben they have and sie hat she has. sie they and Sie you formal have identical words that follow them. For example Sie essen you eat and sie essen they eat.If there is sie they at the front of the sentence I do not know what to do but for the rest they stay their case no matter what.

November 26, 2016


look at the verb conjugation

February 23, 2017


It's all about the context you put it in, that's all.

January 16, 2018


It's really frustrating that Duolingo doesn't give any feedback about which sounds it thinks you are getting wrong. It is one of the few places where I find Rosetta Stone doing a better job. There you could at least compare audiographs.

With both, there are sentences that have been marked correct when I know my pronounciation has been widly off, but (like here) I have no Idea what is triggering a failure response.

July 20, 2014


People have reported that Duo‘s voice recognition system isn't good (in many languages) and some moderators have recommended users to disable those kind of exercises.

December 18, 2015


Is "Erdbeere" m,f or n? as it is in Accusative, but so far I only know the acc of ein, to be einen. So what is the nominative form of "eine"? Or is eine both Nom and Acc for femininum?

February 8, 2013


Erdbeere is fem

Yes you're right, 'eine' stays the same in Nom and Akk. In fact the masculine form is the only one that changes in Akk: ein --> einen

March 9, 2013


whats the difference between eine and einen?

February 23, 2013


They both mean 'a' or 'an' but they change depending on the gender and the case of the noun.

Eine is feminine Nominative or feminine Accusative

Einen is masculine Accusative

Check out: http://german.speak7.com/german_cases.htm or google German cases / articles.

March 9, 2013


Wouldn't "They eat a strawberry" be a correct answer as well?

February 24, 2013


No because that's a different "sie", you can tell from the verb conjugation. (See my reply to someone else on this thread asking something similar)

February 25, 2013


I see, thanks!

March 2, 2013


because the verb is "isst". It would be "essen" for Sie as in "they". :)

October 8, 2015


How do I pronounce Erdbeere correctly ? It seems to be the toughest word I have encountered so far, I just can't pronounce it

October 11, 2015



October 13, 2015


If i wanted to say 'she is a strawberry' it would be 'Sie ist eine Erdbeere', right? Would you have to rely totally on context to figure out whether I'm saying ist/isst?

August 17, 2016


Could it also be "She eats a ..." instead of "She is eating a..."

January 13, 2013


yes you can

February 3, 2013


In german, those are both the same thing. They don't have two ways of saying it like we do; they just depend on the context.

February 7, 2013


Erde means earth, and Beere means berry. Is a strawberry an earthberry in German?

November 28, 2014


Hey, it could be.If you think, I mean, imagine - strawberry plant - it "lays" on the ground/land so literally could be named as "earth-berry"..since no other berry is so close to earth..and dirt :D

February 1, 2015


When do I use ein or eine?

January 14, 2015


"ein" for masculine and neuter nouns, "eine" for feminine :)

October 8, 2015


How do I pronounce 'Erdbeere'? Anyone?

November 24, 2015


To me it sounds like airt bear uh.

November 25, 2017


What is good way pronounce that sentence? I having extra hard trying say Erdbeere

June 5, 2016


It's plural...

January 16, 2018


The answer is correct

September 15, 2018


She eats a strawberry

March 13, 2019


What will be strawberries??

April 12, 2019


die Erdbeeren

July 25, 2019


Except there’s typo, ist instead of isst

July 21, 2019


What did you type?

July 25, 2019
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