"Die Frau isst Äpfel."

Translation:The woman eats apples.

January 3, 2013

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How do I know if it is Apfel or Äpfel from the recording?


This question is kind of confusing for Germans since for native speakers 'Apfel' and 'Äpfel' sound totally different. The 'ä' resembles the 'e' in 'set', the 'a' is similar to the 'u' in 'cup'. Apart from that 'Die Frau isst Apfel' wouldn't be grammatically correct.


why is it not grammatically correct


because in singular you need an article: 'Die Frau isst einen Apfel' or 'Die Frau isst den Apfel'.


    I know this question is super old, but... why is Die Frau isst Apfel grammatically incorrect?

    The direct translation into English, "The woman eats apple" is grammatically correct (but subtly different to the translation exercise here) because most foods in English can be used as mass nouns.

    Saying "...eats apple" just says that she sometimes eats some amount of apple(s). Not specifying that she eats one, or more than one, or half of one, or these ones or those ones... just some amount (which does not have to be a whole number).

    Is the "food as mass noun" thing from English not done in German? Are foods typically referred to as plural in this situation? Would I have to ask Isst du Wassermelonen? (literally, "Do you eat watermelons?"), even though it's ridiculous for someone to eat multiple of them? I thought that some foods were treated as mass nouns, like Isst du Fleisch und Brot?.


    English and German have not the same grammar. Im from German, my english isn't good - sorry for this, I'm just learning - but I can say, if I do or have anything with a thing (noun), I need a articel. "Ich habe einen Apfel" oder "Ich habe den Apfel", "Du hast ein Buch" oder "Du hast das Buch", "Er hat eine blaue Hose an / Er trägt eine blaue Hose" oder "Er hat die blaue Hose an / Er trägt die blaue Hose". I cannot eyplain why, but "Er hat Apfel" sounds not good (klingt scheiße!) and stupid in the ears of german people. But "Er hat Äpfel" sounds good and is correctly. Has he any apples, we say "Er hat Äpfel" oder "Er hat ein paar Äpfel", but has he few specified apples, then we say: "Er hat die Äpfel".

    A note to the Team: "Frau" sounds not correctly. It sounds like "Fra". There is missing the "u" in articulation.


    "The woman eats apple" in English is NOT grammatically correct. It would either be "The woman eats apples" or "The woman eats an apple" or "The woman eats the apple". Apple is not considered a mass noun, it is able to be counted. Mass nouns are words like water, bread, wood, etc. where they need further explanation to count. You can imagine what 1 apple or 7 apples look like, but what is 1 wood? Or 5 waters? You can't count wood, or water, unless you say one liter of water, or one plank of wood, or something similar, but then you are no longer counting wood or water, you are counting liters or planks.


    I'm German and I agree that "Sie isst Apfel" is not grammatically wrong. It sounds very strange though and nobody would use it in spoken or written language. If you want to say that she generally/usually eats apples, as in "Sie isst Fisch", you'd rather use the plural: "Sie isst Äpfel". Even though in fact she might have eaten only one apple in her life (maybe if you're talking about a very young girl that has just eaten her first apple ever). It's kind of weird and I can't really tell why you'd use the singular with Fisch and the plural with Apfel, but that's what it's like from my point of view.


    Grazie! Needed that clarification.


    Thanks to you, now I understand it. My hero!


    Apfel = ''ahp-fell'' Äpfel = ''ehp-fell''

    I thought learning the alphabet was numero uno in learning a new language?


    Nice clarification - danke


    There are many ways.


    The pronunciation is closer than I realized, though: two native speakers recorded here: https://forvo.com/word/der_apfel%2C_die_%C3%A4pfel/#de


    wataya: Thanks:D Higginz: Because the difference in pronunciation was not explicitly stated, so just from the exercices I couldn't really differentiate between the vowels...


    I made a typo, wrote 'ist' instead of 'isst' but the program said it's correct (which it isn't). This should be checked and marked as a typo.


    Maybe it's some sort of German expression like we have in English, "the woman is nuts!" except obviously "Die Frau ist Äpfel! / the woman is apples!" Just a little humor to distract from laborious language studies. :P


    Interesting idea, but it is not an idiom. The sentence doesn't make any sense, but maybe they kept it because isst and ist are homophones.

    I just wanted to clarify to avoid having people run around in Germany calling other people apples ;-)


    Right... when I made this post, I don't believe that I meant people really say "You are apples". I should have clarified that!


    What is the plural of Die Frau? As in Das madchen goes to Die madchen, but what happens in the case with Die Frau?


    the plural is 'die Frauen'. Note that all German nouns whether masculine, feminine or neuter use the same plural article 'die'.


    Thanks a lot! I really needed this explanation


    There is no capital A + the umlaut on my keyboard nor is one available on the site. So i all always getting Apfel (plural) wrong. Any suggestions


    Have you tried changing the language input of your keyboard or typing Ae for Ä? I don't have an ä key on my keyboard either but I was able to change my Windows system's Region and Languages setting to make my keyboard type umlauts. I haven't tried submitting ae for ä on Duolingo but substituting e for umlaut is an acceptable way to write Ä/Ae, Ö/Oe and Ü/Ue in many parts of the world.

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    For what it's worth, I tried "Die Frau isst Aepfel" and it replied "Almost correct! Die Frau isst Äpfel." It does accept Xe for other phrases; I haven't cracked the pattern (or definitively determined that its list of acceptable alternatives is less complete in some areas) yet.


    Also try searching for CHARACTER MAP inside your computer.


    On a Mac, you can hold option-u to add umlauts. The next letter you press after you release option-u will be umlaut. So option-u, then a is ä. Option-u then shift-o is Ö. Also, option-s is ß, if you ever need that character. I don't know if this works on a PC.


    i think you will be able to find virtual keyboards that support Umlauts


    How do you know if Apple is singular or plural from the recording?


    You just have to listen REALLY carefully


    If umlaut comes then it is plural?


    For certain words, yes


    How do I make umlauts on a smart phone?


    I hold down on the a and it gives me several options like æ ă ã å ä etc haha, but if it doesn't work putting ae means the same thing

    ä=ae ö=oe ü=ue


    Why not "The wife eats apples."?


    Second Reply: Frau typically means woman, and in this case means woman. If it is followed by "His", which would translate to "Seine Frau", then it probably means wife. It's all about context. :)


    The woman eats apples = The woman are eating apples Pourquoi refuser ici la forme en "ing"? Expliquez-moi.


    "The woman" is singular. "Are eating" is plural.


    Because "Are" is a plural form.


    I don't understand this either.


    Can someone explain why "ae" in place of "ä" is considered a typo?


      It might be a bug in Duolingo. That said, usually the alternative spelling is only acceptable when it's not possible to input special characters - and Duolingo does allow you to input them. If the on-screen special character buttons aren't there, or you can't get them by long-pressing on a touchscreen keyboard, see here.


      Why does it matter for Frau if you say woman or lady? I typed in woman and it said I was wrong


        Perhaps you made another mistake unintentionally. The correct answer is "The woman eats apples".

        A lot of people who already speak English end up learning more about their own language in the process of learning another one. Duolingo here highlights the difference between "woman" (Frau) and "lady" (Dame).


        What is the difference between different accents????????


        What accents do you mean?

        Diacritical marks on letters? German uses just uses the umlaut ¨ (two dots) over a o u, giving ä ö ü, to show that the pronunciation is changed.


        I wrote 'the woman is eating apples' and I was marked wrong?


        Did you have a listening exercise rather than a translation exercise?


        Can someone explain why this is "eats" in present simple, rsther than "is eating" in present continuous. Aren't both verbs the same? How does one differentiate?


        Both "eats" and "is eating" are possible translations, without context (as is the case with most sentences on Duolingo).

        Without the context of a conversation, you could only tell the difference if the sentence itself provides context such as "(she is eating apples) right now" or "(she eats apples) every day".


        So what is the difference between Äpfel and Apfel?


        Äpfel "apples" is plural, Apfel "apple" is singular


        okay, thank you for clearing that up


        My reply to this sentence was “the woman is eating the apples“ and it came out as a wrong answer. I'm confused cause i thought both sentences (the woman eats/is eating) were grammatically correct. Can someone explain? Danke!


        My reply to this sentence was “the woman is eating the apples“ and it came out as a wrong answer.


        Äpfel is "apples", not "the apples".

        die Frau isst Äpfel = the woman is eating apples

        Writing "...is eating the apples" is not a correct translation of ...isst Äpfel.

        Lingot to you for quoting your entire sentence rather than simply assuming the problem was with the verb form and complaining that "is eating" is not accepted.


        This is the same bug over and over and its never fixed. The women is eating apples. The women eats apples, blah blah get it fixed


        This is the same bug over and over and its never fixed. The women is eating apples. The women eats apples

        die Frau means "the woman".

        It does not mean "the women".

        "woman" with -an is singular; "women" with -en is singular.

        The bug is in your sentence. I hope that you can fix it now that you have seen the explanation.


        Thank you for your reply and I totally get it, but when you view the screen shot of my answer and Duolingos answer they are Gernau the same? This is what I don't get. Particularly when it is a conversion from German to English. I still think it's a software bug. What would your answer have been in English? I would attach the screen shot I originally posted and sent to Doulingo but not sure how on chat. Any help would be appreciated. Danke


        when you view the screen shot of my answer and Duolingos answer

        Nobody can see your answer unless you show it to us -- please upload your screenshot to a website somewhere (e.g. imgur) and include the URL in your comment.


        Try this link see what happens https://m.imgur.com/a/JKxgB26

        Thanks for the screenshot! Lingot for you.

        And indeed I see women in your answer and woman in Duo's correction. One word has E in it and the other has A in it. They are not exactly the same.

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