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"Du siehst das Brot."

January 9, 2013



What is wrong with "you are seeing the bread"


That's what I put also, and since they're both present tense I really don't think that warrants losing a heart :/


Why is this not "Du siehst den Brot."?


Don't take me granted, but I think because "Brot" is a neuter noun, so its article is "das", and the accusative form of "das" is "das" too.


This. Brot is a singular neuter, so it's article is das, not den. If it was a masculine noun, such as Wein, or Mann, then it could be den.


Because den is only used with der words like der Mann, and is only used to the object receiving the action of the subject, if that makes any sense


same question....


I got this translation right, but I dont understand why. why was this framed completely differnt from the previous question, but has the same translation?


Ihr is the plural form of du


I don't understand the difference between "du" and "Ihr" and between "sie" in singular, and "sie" in plural.


Think of Ihr as "y'all", or like a teacher addressing a classroom. If she said, "[You all] need to sit down," the words in brackets would be Ihr.

Lower-case "sie" is "she" or "they".

Sie (s.) (upper-case) is an honorific. In the workplace, it's still (mostly) considered good form to use "Sie" in place of "Du", until you have the "dutzen" conversation. It's going out of fashion with the younger generation, but I highly recommend using this as a foreigner. One would also use "Sie" with one's grandmother.


I know they want you to learn, but I'm having a hard time remembering the order of the i and the e in the words, constantly making me lose a heart. In some cases, a simple misspelling doesn't lose you a heart, where as others do :(


What helps me is remembering that if the word makes an "e" sound, like "sie", it starts with and "i" and if it makes and "i" sound, like "ein" it starts with an "e" :) Hope this helps.


It is consistent. Ei sounds will always sound the same, as do ie sounds. I think of how I would pronounce the word Einstein to remember which is pronounced as which.


"Du siehst das Brot" and "Ihr siet das Brot"...Do they not both mean "You see the bread"? I get really confused about "ihr" and "du". When can they and when can they not be used as "you"?


"ihr" is the plural form of "you", so it literally means "you all". When I'm talking to one person, I would use "du", and when I'm talking to multiple people, I would use "ihr". Make sure not to confuse "ihr" with "they" though, as the German word for "they" is different. I wish Duolingo would specify that this is the plural form of "you" each time the answer is given in English, as it is confusing. What I do to help myself remember the difference is go ahead and put "you all" when translating. You can also click "conjugate" when you hover your mouse over a verb, and it will show you the different forms of that verb for singular, plural, etc. I hope this helps!


Definitely though it was Du liest das Brot


The conjugation lists "sehen / sehn" for wir and Sie. What is the second "sehn" conjugation for?

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