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"Die Spinne frisst den Käfer."

Translation:The spider eats the beetle.

October 8, 2015


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Frisst versus isst ?

October 8, 2015


When I tried to look it up, seems like fressen is for when animals are eating and essen for humans (or fressen as an insult/jest to a human like "He's eating like an animal")

October 8, 2015


Yes, but a lot of people say "eating" when their pets or other animals are eating. Times are changing.

February 27, 2016


thank you for the explanation

March 25, 2016


Frisst is like "feeding" rather than "eating". So: Ein Tier frisst, und ein Mann isst.

October 9, 2015


I like to think of it as 'absorbing or devouring'

October 31, 2015


How could we express the sense of "Someone feeds something (eaten-accusative) to something/one (eater-dative)"?

November 14, 2015


Maybe with 'Jemand (subject) verfüttert (verb - means feed) etwas (eaten- accusative) an jemanden(eater-dative)'.. for example, 'Der Mann verfüttert die Banane an den Hund' would mean 'The man feeds the banana to the dog' ^^

December 1, 2015


I believe Frisst is used when describing animals actions and Isst is used with humans

October 8, 2015


Fressen is the common verb for all 30+ million non human animate species eating so it spans the dining etiquette of pirañas, crocodiles, coral polyps, jellyfish, mosquitos, goats, phages, scorpions, vultures, whales, tube worms, bovines, felines, canines, reptiles, arthropods, & etc.

June 19, 2019


When do we use "den" ?

October 20, 2015


When you have to use the accusative with a masculine noun.

'Der Käfer' is masculine. Therefore when you do something to this masculine noun (e.g. Essen= to eat) this change happens


October 20, 2015


Thank you!

October 22, 2015


Very helpful! Danke!

July 25, 2017


Is'The spider is eating the beetleS' Die Spinne frisst DIE Kafer?

January 23, 2016


Yuppp thats right!

July 15, 2016


could I use devour to translate the verb fressen?

October 9, 2015


Feed or guzzle.

The animals feed. The people eat. The dog eats too, sometimes. People do not guzzle, at fine restaurants, they dine ;) Essen: eat, fressen: feed, speisen: dine

October 11, 2015

October 9, 2015


What's the meaning of (bug) in german?? Danke

January 12, 2016


Adding to erebus53 its also quite rude to talk about humans with Fressen. I would also watch out when talking about someones pet because the person might find it rude as well, especially if he or she has a human relationship with the pet.

October 17, 2015


No, devour is to swallow the whole food without chewing it.

October 19, 2015



"The spider devours the beetle." is accepted as an alternate translation by duolingo.

October 31, 2015


why not "the spider eats the beetles"? I typed that and it said i had a typo.

October 22, 2015


Den is masculine singular, not plural; if the sentence was plural (beetles), the article would be die: "die Spinne isst die Käfer".

October 22, 2015


frisst* Tiny mistake!

July 15, 2016


How do you remember if it's One beetle or more than one? It uses the same word for beetle and beetles.

January 1, 2016


It's all encoded in a/the. Der Käfer is one beetle, Die Käfer is many beetles. German uses a and the much more than we do in English specifically because they tend to encode plurals and case.

January 2, 2016


How would I say "The spider ATE the beetle"

November 4, 2015


Like this, I think: die Spinne hat den Käfer gefressen.

November 4, 2015


That's close enough to: "the spider has eaten the beetle"

GTranslate is telling me: "Die Spinne aß die Käfer" Can a native speaker confirm?

November 4, 2015


Both are correct.

Germans have two past tenses: Perfektum and Präteritum and there is NO difference like between English "present perfect" and "past simple". They mean completely the same, the only difference is that Perfektum ("hat gefressen") is used in spoken languague and Präterit(um) ("fraß") is used in written text.

You will encounter both later in the tree.

November 7, 2015


Why is it not Die Käffer

November 7, 2015


Käfer is a singular masculine noun, and so it's "Der Käfer" as the sentence's subject (Nominativ), yet "den Käfer" as the sentence's direct object (Akkusativ). "Die" and "das" remain the same, however, in the Akkusativ.

November 17, 2015


So you use den for the object

November 26, 2015

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    Frisst and fressen are for animals, and to use it for a human is an insult. So Duolingo will count it wrong if you use frisst and/or fressen with a human. For example, Er frisst Brot, would be wrong. Always use frisst and fressen for animals, NOT for people. For people, use isst and issen. You can use them for animals, but try to use frisst for animals ONLY, and isst for people.

    For example, Ich issen Pizza (I eat pizza) is correct. Die Spinne isst Brot (The spider eats bread) is still grammatically correct (I don't think spiders eat bread), but it is best to get used to using frisst for animals and isst for people. DON'T MIX THEM UP! =)

    December 31, 2015


    Could somebody explain to me why "the" is der, die and das; now there's den? :(

    December 29, 2016


    There is more information in the Acc. Case skill on Duolingo. But "den" is used for masculine nouns in the accusative case, when it is directly receiving the verb from the subject. If a feminine or neuter noun is in the accusative position, then you would still use "die" or "das" respectively. The noun in the subject position would be in the nominative case, which is when you use der/die/das depending on the gender of the noun.

    April 22, 2017


    For some reason my mind gets käfer and käse confused so i was like, why is a spider eating cheese lmao

    August 1, 2018


    Why not" Die Spinne frisst der kaefer" kafer is masculine

    November 20, 2016


    Die Spinne trinkt.....KäferSaft

    February 9, 2017



    February 14, 2017


    Ich kenne nicht den Wort Kafer

    February 28, 2017


    Is the word "Käfer" both translated as "beetle" and "beetles"? If so, how do i know whether the word is in plural form when i translate? (i am thinking den Käfer --> singular and die Käfer --> plural)

    March 7, 2017


    Yes, Käfer is both singular and plural. Den in this case is the masculine accusative definite article. Normally you use the nominative case articles when you speak about determining whether a noun is singular or plural, so it would be Der Käfer singular and Die Käfer plural

    March 7, 2017


    When do i need to use den ?

    October 14, 2017


    why is"frisst" and no "isst"????

    July 1, 2018


    Animals fressen. People essen, although you may hear fressen as a commentary on how someone is eating.

    July 1, 2018


    Can any one explain me clearly with an example how 2 find accusative and dative plz

    November 28, 2018


    I have completed this 4 times correctly but it is telling me its wrong!!!

    January 27, 2019


    I answered 'the spider eats the beetle', which duolingo marked wrong. The correct answer was listed as 'the spider is eating the beetle'. Then coming to this comments page, it lists the correct answer to be 'the side eats the beetle'. I've run into this inconsistency before. Is it better in Duolingo to just always type 'is eating' instead of 'eats'?

    June 9, 2019


    Some sentences seem to lend themselves more to the progressive tenses, but I don't think this is one. The bottom line is that if your answer was on this page, it was their intention to accept it. Occasionally Duo justs rejects a correct answer, which should be this case. From time to time they make an error when they add a new accepted answer and somehow break an older one. I tend to always translate the present tense with our present tense unless it sounds really strange. Some of the languages I speak like Spanish have their own progressive tenses, although they are used much less often. But Duo and other programs try (with limited success) to reserve the progressive tenses in English for their progressive tense. So I am aware that they do occasionally only use the progressive, but not in sentences that sound equally good in both forms. The present tense is often used for narration, so sentences like this go with every nature movie you have seen.

    June 9, 2019
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