"Dein Essen?"

January 10, 2013


Would "your meal?" also be acceptable here?

January 10, 2013

In theory, yes. It depends on the context, since Essen is used as 'food' and 'meal' in everyday speach. For better distinction: the literal translation of 'meal' is 'Mahlzeit'.

January 10, 2013

until this level meal was ok with other questions, so I got used to translate it as meal. this question or all the others need to fix-

February 12, 2013

Is it correct that all nouns formed from verbs as for example "Essen" are neutral?

January 30, 2013

Yes, but only if the word isn't altered. The verb's infinitve usually becomes neuter when nominalised. essen, das Essen; gehen, das Gehen; weinen, das Weinen; vorlesen, das Vorlesen. But whenever something is added, prefixes, suffixes or the like, this rule doesn't apply anymore: berühren, die Berührung; unterhalten, die Unterhaltung; laufen, die Lauferei; meutern, die Meuterei. Can't think of any masculine verbs at the moment.

January 30, 2013

Would this also translate to "are you eating?"

May 10, 2013

no - ("Dein Essen?") ... this can not translate to "Are you eating?"

  • "Are you eating?" ... is ... "Bist du am Essen?" or "Isst du gerade?"

be careful ... "Essen" in "Dein Essen?" is capitalized

in the German language you can made nouns from verbs in the infinitive

  • "essen" ( to eat ) ... "das Essen" ( the food )

  • "leben" ( to live ) ... "das Leben" ( the life )

all these nouns are neuter ... see: ... see the section "Neuter Nouns" "nouns made from verbs in the infinitive"

furthermore: ... "Dein" belongs to "Essen"

  • "Dein" is not the subject like "du" ( you ) in "Isst du gerade?" ( are you eating? )

  • "Dein" ... see ( possessive adjectives ; mein - dein - ... ) ...

... also notice "Dein Essen?" is the short form of "Ist dies dein Essen?"

more examples are: "Ist dies dein Fahrrad?" "Ist dies sein Buch?" "Ist dies meine Tasse?" ... and so on

May 10, 2013
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