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"Er isst eine Zwiebel."

Translation:He eats an onion.

October 18, 2015



Er ist eine Zwiebel.

October 20, 2015

    October 26, 2015


    No, just our previous Prime Minister (one of his many WTF moments was to chew into a raw onion on national TV)

    November 7, 2016


    isst=eating ist=is

    March 4, 2017


    “isst” = “eats” or “is eating”

    “ist” = “is”

    Don’t translate word for word.

    January 30, 2019


    I thought about this and it matches the audio I heard, but I did not write it because I had strong doubt that Duo would accept it.

    October 26, 2015


    I typed what I heard; sometimes Duo is playful. A native speaker probably could hear the difference between "ist" and "isst."

    April 22, 2016


      There's no difference in pronunciation. A native speaker would use context (a food is mentioned, so it's more sensible to assume that it's isst rather than ist).

      This happens all the time in English too. For example, "He is wining and dining" sounds exactly the same as "He is whining and dining". But the first meaning would be assumed based on the phrase as a whole.

      April 23, 2016


      I did write it, and it was accepted

      October 30, 2015


      You are what you eat...

      February 2, 2019


      Oct 18, 2015 - My cousin ate an onion before heading out to a military field test that involved faux interrogation. Hehe. He didn't take a shower for a couple days ahead, either. His interrogation test was very short.... :-D

      October 18, 2015


      What is an interrogation test

      June 4, 2017


      His class was taken out into a field for a few days - some wilderness area probably fenced in by the military - and told to go hide. A game of hide-and-seek ensues. When the teachers find a hider (like my cousin), they are taken to some place on the property to be questioned more or less as they would be by enemies in a real war situation. They are not to reveal any information, using the techniques taught in the classes.

      June 4, 2017


      That may be my new favorite anti-interrogation technique. And a good excuse to munch on onions and not be to weird.

      July 3, 2018


      Why isn't "He is eating a onion." acceptable?

      November 12, 2015


        The English is incorrect. Use a for words that begin with a consonant sound, and an for words that begin with a vowel sound:

        A newspaper

        A bicycle

        An umbrella

        An onion

        November 12, 2015


        Why isn't "isst" written with the double "s" symbol?

        June 18, 2016


        The Eszett (ß) is only used after long vowels and diphthongs. The "i" in "isst" is a short vowel.

        October 24, 2016


        I love onions, but i don't think i'd just eat one whole

        October 18, 2015


        "An apple a day keeps the doctor away; an onion a day keeps everybody away," to which eating habits I attribute my ripe old age and robust good health.

        November 23, 2015


        Perhaps an old wives tale, but eating an onion a day is supposed to keep you free of colds. There are supplements for this and garlic too which is supposed to be good for the heart (as well as keeping vampires at bay!).

        January 21, 2016


        I put garlic in everything and I have never been bothered by vampires, which proves its efficacy.

        January 28, 2016


        In Our Dumb Century, the Onion is claimed to be have been founded by a man called "T. Herman Zwiebel". I JUST GOT IT.

        July 30, 2018


        OK. Now we have all the wise cracks about "He is an onion." But a serious question is whether in the spoken version, a German would recognize the difference merely from the difference in sound between "ist" and "isst". Or is it left to context? One can imagine circumstances in which "he is an onion" is the desired expression.

        August 8, 2016


        It's all context unless we're talking about something that has male grammatical gender. We're left guessing when the gender is feminine or neuter.

        Er ist ein Mann. = He's a man.

        Er isst einen Mann. = He is eating a man. (Hello dr Lecter)

        November 9, 2016


        The first German I ever met cooked spätzle for us and then passed around a tub of chopped raw onion. "Wofür?" I asked. He literally scooped out a spoonful and just ate it. Seemed confused that I didn't snack on raw onion in the States. So this sentence brings back good memories and is something I could legitimately use.

        April 15, 2019


        Anyone else unable to capitalize letters on mobile? Duo said "zweibel" was a typo but shift doesnt work

        February 21, 2018


        It’s a typo because it’s i before e: Zwiebel.

        February 21, 2018


        It would be funny if Duolingo adds a question like this: "Oger sind wie Zwiebeln" = "Ogres are like onions"

        July 21, 2019
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