"Du isst Brot."

Translation:You eat bread.

January 11, 2013



"Du esst" is incorrect. "Esst!" (Eat!) is the imperative form & plural and "Ihr esst" is present indicative.

January 11, 2013


To make the list complete, the present forms are: ich esse, du isst, er/sie/es isst, wir essen, ihr esst, sie essen.

January 12, 2013


Its not "Du esst" its "Du isst" and things you do are not capitlisd.

November 17, 2014


Its "Du isst" not "Du esst". :)

July 24, 2015


What is ihr?

August 11, 2015


You (plural)

September 12, 2015


It's incorrect! it should say eat instead of eats. And it's saying i'm wrong! blasted function!

August 27, 2015


I answered "you eat bread" and it said I was correct, but here it says the correct translation is "you are eating bread." Can "du isst Brot" mean both or is there some discrepancy between the two that duolingo isn't recognising? Any help would be appreciated! :)

May 26, 2013


You eat bread and you are eating bread are both correct.

June 1, 2013



June 14, 2015


but how's that it have a different mean ?

August 10, 2015


I think it means both !

July 7, 2014


Yes it can mean both. Because it's literally saying that. Context would change it. Like, you eat bread every day. Vice... You are eating a bread right now.

July 17, 2014


English has those "continuous" tenses which German seems to be missing. Therefore, when you translate English continuous you must add up an adverb so that you will not loose the continuous meaning. Am I wrong?

February 16, 2015


tow are the same meaning

July 19, 2015


Sometimes i would say it correctly but it says let's move on from this one

June 7, 2014


Can you also say "Du ißt brot" which sounds the same?

July 14, 2014


No, you can't. This spelling is outdated and not correct any more.

July 21, 2014


after the orthographic reform now its a simple rule without exceptions (but you must disinguish the different vowel sounds,which is difficult even for german pupils sometimes): ss follows a shot vowel, ß follows a long vowel.

See the following table from wikipedia: there you can see, the name "short" and "long" is a little misleading, because there is in most vowels also a little different quality (open / closed vowels)

short: A =/a/ Ä =/ɛ/ E= /ɛ/ I=/ɪ/ O=/ɔ/ Ö=/œ/ U=/ʊ/ Ü=/ʏ/
long: A=/aː/ Ä=/ɛː/ E=/eː/ I= /iː/ O=/oː/ Ö=/øː/ U=/uː/ Ü=/yː/

E can also be /ə/ but only if its in a not stressed syllable (then it gets a lbit dropped and very short)

September 4, 2015


how can you spell eat

September 14, 2015


I dot no

September 16, 2015


I no are

September 18, 2015


Why "Brot" doesn't have article?

January 27, 2013


I'm just starting in this language but my humble opinion says that transtating this like 'You are eating the bread' is way too formal for a beginner so 'You are eating bread' shoul be more common and used by the average person. hope that helps a little.

June 8, 2013


Not true, it's not a question of formality. In English, "You are eating bread" and "You are eating the bread" mean two different things. The same is the case in German, so you can use English as a reference.

June 8, 2013


oh now i see. thanks for that but even in english sometimes we mess up some conversations by using not apropiate words and making others to believe it's ok like that. lol thanks for the explanation.

my doubt now is.. should we understand this like "you are eating bread" meaning -eating any kind of bread- and " you are eating the bread" like -the specific bread i am talking about-?? and the same in german??

June 8, 2013


"Du isst Brot" simply means "you are eating bread". If you were referring to a specific loaf of bread, you would use "du isst das Brot", meaning "you are eating THE bread".

June 8, 2013


I put ist which im fairly sure is wrong but i got it right

June 16, 2014


The most likely reason that your answer was right was because Duolingo accounts for certain spelling errors when counting answers. The "Du isst" that is in the answer is used to say that "you are eating." The "ist" that you used is one for saying "er/sie/es ist", which is "he/she/it is".

July 9, 2014


why using "isst" here instead of "esse" is it correct by using like this "du esse brot"? what is meaning also. please reply.thanks in advance

April 18, 2014


esse is for first persion i.e Ich esse

October 15, 2014


" du isst " why not " du esst " and isst with du like with er sie es . And why " du isst " not " do issst or ißst " ????

July 8, 2014


Essen is an irregular verb. You want to keep an eye out for the whole word when conjugating; ich esse, du isst, er/sie/es isst, ihr esst, wir essen, Sie/sie essen.

August 9, 2014


How do you tell the difference with "ist" and "isst" when you hear it? Is it the same pronunciation?

August 9, 2014


They are homophones, i.e. pronounced in exactly the same way.

August 9, 2014


Hi! I'm a beginner in German, so this question may seem a little stupid - what's the difference between "ist" and "isst"? I seem to have gotten it correct by saying "du ist Brot".

August 14, 2014

  • "du isst": "you eat"
  • "du ist" doesn't make any sense in German. "Ist" is the 3rd person singular present tense conjugation of the verb "sein". "Er ist" means "he is".
August 14, 2014


“Ist” is like to be in English. (Ich bin, du bist, er/sie /es ist,.. etc) And “isst” is form from Essen (plural) = eating/eats in Deutsch.

October 18, 2014


I can't seem to get the pronunciation correct with "Brot". I can understand and translate it, but for whatever reason everytime i have to speak this word in the microphone it says " let's just move on"! It is only this word i have had trouble with and I'm trying to say it just like the prompter, with no luck. Any tricks for pronunciation would be extremely helpful so i don't sound like a fool!

August 24, 2014


I don't understand why it isn't you are eating bread but you eat bread because with Ich esse it's: I eat and I am eating

September 10, 2014


Both "You eat" and "you are eating" are correct here. "I am eating" is not correct because you mixed up the subject.

September 10, 2014


Hmm…I'm a beginner in German,what the difference between Sie and sie?sie essen and sie isst,which is correct?Anyone please tell me.

September 17, 2014


Sie and sie has same mean = You. (Singular) But Sie is a formal form.

October 18, 2014


I wrote "Du ist Brot" which I guess should be unacceptable here, but it still marked it correct.

February 6, 2015


So, does "trinkst" isnt the same when we talk about he and she, but "isst" remains the same?

March 3, 2015


Yea. I was just going to ask about the difference between (you eat bread) and ( you are eating bread).

April 29, 2015


How come the b in Brot is capitalised? Also the f in Frau, the m in Mann etc.

May 20, 2015


they are nouns, which are always capitalised in German

September 19, 2015


Ah, thank you for the answer :)

October 5, 2015


Would "Du isst ein Brot" be incorrect, or is it like in English -- the article is unnecessary and, thus, odd, but grammatically correct?

May 30, 2015


Here you hsve to say in english or in german. Because it says that I am correcy when I speak in both languages.

June 27, 2015


fix this

July 17, 2015


I found I couldn't actually hear the phoenetic voice properly, I heard "Du ist behunt" or some crap. I know behunt isn't a word but I couldn't actually distinguish it >:(

July 17, 2015



July 30, 2015


incorrect thing it should say eat instead of eats. And it's saying i'm wrong! blasted thing!

August 27, 2015


Du in German, is Thou in English. Why is it that Du isst Brot (You eat Bread) correct and Thou eat Bread incorrect?

September 10, 2015


Du isst das Brot

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