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"She eats the apple."

Translation:Sie isst den Apfel.

January 3, 2013



This whole site really needs to start explaining grammar before assuming we know it. e.g. What is accusative case and when does it apply? What needs to change in that instance?


For anyone who wishes there were pages with tips and notes for the lessons... there are!


You can usually find them by clicking the lightbulb icon before you start a lesson. If they are not available on your app, try the web version.


This link does not exist in the app. Why dont we have a page in the app to read this


I have written Duo before asking for this option in the app. Like I shouldn't have to use the desktop version when I'm on the phone, or what's the point of having the app? I hope they update it soon but everyone should write asking for access to grammar tips on the app! :)


Wow, it's crazy that this isn't in the app. I have learned German in the classroom setting in the past, but i can only imagine what using this app would be like otherwise - particularly for German!


If I only knew about such a page before. Thanks man


actually, if u click on the little lightbulb on the lesson, in the little corner right above the start lesson thingy it will teach u


Yes as soon as you click on the lesson


Whats thr difference between die and den?


In this sentence, "den" is being used in the accusative case. For this, "die" is used for the feminine and plural, while "den" is used for masculine. "Apfel" is masculine.



In this case why is den used and not der. They are both masculine, right?


Bcoz it is the case of accusative... In accusative der is used as den


Apfel is masculine?


Apfel is masculine?

Yes. The German word Apfel is grammatically masculine.


Why can't I use "das Apfel"?


In German all nouns have a grammatical gender, and certain words need to match the gender. Apfel is masculine but das is neuter. They don't match.


I agree with AJM87. Can someone please explain what is the accusative case and when to use it?


The accusative case is used when the article applies to the direct object of the sentence. So when you say, "She is eating the apple", the apple is the direct object and so the article (the) will be in the accusative case. I found this web page http://german.speak7.com/german_articles.htm and it REALLY helped me understand what's going on. It'll take just five or eight minutes to read!


Thanks a lot. So helpfull


Thank you, zannabee17. Your explanation is the best I received. It makes more sense now.


Sorry about my english but, i think, this is accusative 'because the apple is an direct complement. I mean, you can say "the apple is eating by she" And you are rigth, we need some grammar!!


Whys is it not der Apfel? Apfel is accusative. also, as AJM87 said, more preparation is needed before grammar and words are sprung at us the were not previously defined.


find the little lightbulb. it will lead the way. click on it, and grammar lessons will be unfolded upon u


What doest mean accusative and nominative pls?… can anyone explain to me?.


Everytime I see is eating, I think isst. Which is right. But when I see eats I know that it's not isst. I usually get this wrong for putting isst! I'm so confused!


Just to make sure, you could say, "Den Apfel isst sie," because the den marks Apfel as the direct object, right?


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Can someone explain why Sie esse eine Apfel is completely wrong please?


You are asked here to translate "She eats the apple", It's "Sie" for She, "isst" for eats (because the conjugation of the verb Essen for He and She is "isst" and not esse, which is used for "Ich esse" - "I eat"), and then "den Apfel" for "the apple". It's not "Eine" because eine is the word "a / an" for feminine, and even not "der" because they explained in the hints that when there is a masculine noun in the accusative form, it should be changed to "den" instead of "der". Hope I was clear enough, because English is not my native language.


Thank you for your 'den'


This was the most helpful reply yet.


and while we wait, guys, check link http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/der#German for "der" conjugation


why here den is used ?????i dont know when das and when den is used??


Beacuse it is a masculine noun in accusative form


why is [es] isst den apfel wrong?


Der ,das,die what is the difference


Wait, so is "den" plural for like Masculine nouns?


Why can’t I use Frisst for eats?


'Frisst' is the verb 'Eat' but it is only used for when you're talking about an animal eating; you can write: Die Ente frisst das Brot//or//Das Kind isst das Brot.


The apple is die apfel so why is it den?


The apple is die apfel

No, it isn't.

"the apple" is der Apfel in the nominative case and den Apfel in the accusative case.

die apfel is never correct -- die is for feminine or plural nouns (but Apfel is masculine), and nouns are always capitalised in German.

In the plural "the apples" is die Äpfel -- with Ä and not A. (And still capitalised.)


i'm kinda confused. when we use isst / esst / ore other thing with the same meaning.


why esse isnt use here


why esse isnt use here

esse is the verb form used when the subject is ich -- ich esse = I am eating; I eat.

But here the subject is "she", not "I".


Einen should come but why den is there?


Einen should come

No. Why do you think so?

why den is there?

Because the English sentence is about eating "the apple" and not about eating "an apple".


We definitely need grammar explanations easily accessible within the app, please.


We definitely need grammar explanations easily accessible within the app, please.

I agree, but there's no point telling other learners here in the sentence discussion. You would need to tell Duolingo that, and they don't read sentence discussions. (In fact, I don't know of any way to contact them.)


How do I tell when to use das, die or den? That is the only part still tripping me up...

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