"Eine Frau isst Orangen."

Translation:A woman is eating oranges.

January 8, 2013



I thought 'g' in German should be pronounced as [g]. Does it not apply here? coz the audio seemed to pronounce 'g' as [ʒ], as the way in French...

February 1, 2013


The word is of French origin so the pronunciation is not typical German. Similar situation with other non-German words that have been adopted.

February 1, 2013


This. German is full of french loanwords. You can often recognize them by their obvious French roots: Negligé or Portemonnaie for example.

February 1, 2013


You are right. I am native german speaker and i can tell you, that the pronounciation in this sentence for the word "Orangen" is not correct. As we say a "G" like in "ranger/danger" and for shure like in "oranges".

June 29, 2017


Is there any way of telling the difference between "eat" and "is eating"?

November 22, 2013


only if you add "isst gerade" or "isst jetzt" to indicate that she is right now in the process of eating

November 29, 2013


I thought Duo was going crazy saying Eine Frau ist Orangen. A women is oranges. While it did not make sense, what is the pronunciation difference between isst and ist?

March 2, 2016


    No pronunciation difference (as mentioned in Duolingo's lesson tips).

    English also has homophones. Consider that "The banana leaves" could mean "The banana walks away" or "The leafy green parts of the banana plant". Context helps, but ambiguity is possible in any language!

    April 2, 2016


    Shouldn't "a woman eats oranges" also be right? I thought in German there was no difference between "eats" and "is eating". Is this not the same for plural verbs?

    July 26, 2016


    "A woman eats oranges" is a correct translation.
    German doesn't have a present progressive/continuous tense, so "Eine Frau isst Orangen" can be translated as "eats oranges" or "is eating oranges".

    If it wasn't accepted, I suspect you had typos or something else was wrong. This sentence is over 3 years old, so the likelihood of it not already being an accepted translation is pretty low.

    December 1, 2016


    Why is it "isst"instead of "ist essen "

    September 6, 2016


    German doesn't have a present continuous/progressive tense. In this sentence you can translate "isst" to either "eats" or "is eating". "ist essen" reads as though the woman is the verb "to eat", or you meant to say "ist Essen" and you are implying that the woman is food.

    December 1, 2016


    What is the difference between 'isst' and 'esst'?

    June 21, 2017


    I thought it should be ein because frau is feminine

    November 26, 2015


      Feminine nouns require the indefinite article eine. Ein is used by masculine and neuter nouns. The indefinite article is "a/an" in English.

      (This is true for nominative case. When you have other cases it can change.)

      January 7, 2016


      wait cant eine also mean the? b/c I thought so

      November 17, 2016


      No. Ein, and variations of, mean a/an/one.

      December 1, 2016


      How am i supposed to know between a definite "Eine" and indefinite "Eine"? Context? Am I missing something?

      November 30, 2016


      There is no definite "eine".
      All forms of "ein" ("a/an/one" in English) are indefinite articles.
      E.g. ein, eine, einem, etc.
      The definite articles ("the" in English) are "der" words.
      E.g. der, die, das, den, etc.

      December 1, 2016


      Is very difficult the deutsch....

      February 18, 2017


      doesn't anyone use Apfelsinen nowadays?

      March 22, 2017


      I translated this as "A woman is orange".

      Coincidentally, I've just spent the weekend in Newcastle.

      June 5, 2017


      I wrote exactly what it was supposed to say I don't know why it isn't working

      August 23, 2017


      Can I use eats rather than is eating?

      August 11, 2018


      Im putting the correct answer for "eine frau isst orangen" but it keeps saying im getting it wrong

      September 18, 2018
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