In this case, the apple is a noun having something done to it. The thing that is being done to the apple is it's being eating by me, so it's now in the accusative case. Since it's masculine, it must change to 'Den Apfel' as do all masculine nouns in the accusative. 'Die Apfel! Ich ease den Apfel!'
Die is feminine (meaning you use it while talking about Frau... except you don't use it with madchen, hmmm, not sure why) While der is Masculine. das is for common use but im not sure what Den is for.
why its "Den Appfel" (The apple) it should be "an apple" as apple noun beginning with vowel, the same case I found some where before for noun Orange , could you please explain, Is there any changes article in German with respect to vowel and consonant noun.
"der/den" Apfel definite article, "ein/en Apfel" indefinite article "the apple" definite, "an apple" indefinite. In German there is no difference whether a noun starts with a vowel.
I think it is "the apple" because we are speaking about a specific apple that we were talking about before the moment of speaking.
freezing skull is right, it's the apple. The sentence is saying that there is one apple so an apple could mean there is more than one apple.
"den Apfel" does not exclude the existence of other apples. There is just a special one picked out.
I am still confused as to how one can tell whether a word is masculine or feminine? =/
It was once common in English as well; the distinction was lost when the word endings fell together. You may find a gender reference in Shakespeare, for example, "the moon" -> "she".
Yes, in the Nominative case it is. ex. Der Mann isst
But, in the Accusative it changes to "Den Mann" ex. "Der Mann isst den Apfel"
why apfel is masculine? i mean i speak spanish here is "LA manzana" for me is female, actualy i have a lot of problems with these for example i dont know why Mädchen is neutral how do you know if a word is male female or neutral???
Another example: The TV = La televisión (female in Latin America) The TV = El televisor (masculine in Spain) In a few cases the same object can be of both genders in Spanish
The apple = La manzana (female) = Der Apfel (masculine) You must learn the genre of each word of each language.
Indeed. However in an ideal world, gender should only be used for living things that do have a gender , and thus need to be pointed out as female or male
i eat the apple dosent really make sence wouldnt it be i eat apples or i ate the apple
My belief was that Die is feminine, Der is masculine and das is for common use (das apfel) but I've never heard of den before. am I right? If so can someone please explain what den is for?
YOU RIGHT ABOUT "DER" IS USED FOR MASCULINE, BUT WHEN THE NOUN IS IN AN ACCUSATIVE CASE IT MUST CHANGE TO "DEN". THIS IS WHY "THE MAN" AND "THE APPLE" ARE NOT THY SAME. "THE MAN"="DER MANN", "THE APPLE"= DEN APFEL"..AS LIKE THE APPLE IS DOING AN ACT , BEENIG EATING BY THE MAN... I THINK
das is for an object or thing den is a "dative" word in accusative case!! :)