"He eats an orange."
Translation:Er isst eine Orange.
I'm so confused with the feminine and masculine and how to know what the difference is. Das, der, die, eine, ein....When i think I've got it figured out...The orange is feminine.
The object is not feminine.
But the word for it, Orange, is feminine.
Noun gender is pretty arbitrary. There's no "reason" why Gabel ("fork") is feminine, Löffel ("spoon") is masculine, or Messer ("knife") is masculine.
Words themselves are pretty arbitrary. Tables have four legs, but the word "table" does not have any legs -- no little lines reaching below the line of writing as in "p q".
I think there's two differences, one is fressen and frisst are both used to usually go along with talking about animals eating, or if someone eats in an unpleasant of fast way (like an animal) frisst or fressen may be used, while esst and essen are correctly used when talking about people. I believe there may be another difference involving the words er/sie in context, but I'm not sure. Hope this helps.
But in this article we re talking about a person and duolingo says fressen
somehow i got it wrong because i wrote ist instead of isst, im like common couldn't you give me the point!!!
Can we get some professional knowledge dropped on us about this. No one in this thread seems to know.