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"Mein Vater ist ein Mann."

Translation:My father is a man.

December 19, 2013

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'Mein Vater isst ein Mann'


That's exactly what I was thinking about XD But, it would be ''einen' Mann, not ''ein''. :)


What exactly does that imply?


Exactly what it says. "My father is a man." Man means "Adult human male" and you're saying that your father fits to that description. I.e. he's neither a child, an alien nor a trans-gender person.


Trans-gender men are men too. Just saying, but the child could be implying that his/her trans-gendered father is a man, not a woman. Or a man, and not a woman, when she wants to be identified as a woman... that brat! The possibilities are endless =_=


z. B. Caitlyn Jenner


Uhm, why not einen if masculine?


Because it is in the nominative (normal) case.


Why is that? Shouldn't is be in accusative case?


because it's after Sein "ist".


Would you mind elaborating more? Or at least suggest me a keyword that I can use to search for this particular question.


It's actually more simple than heshamwhite is saying; the verb 'sein' takes the nominative. The simple explanation is that it just does. If you're particularly interested you can find more complex explanations, but it suffices to just know that it does


I am still learning but i think i am right

If the adjective does not precede the noun, it takes no ending! This happens when the adjective follows verbs like (sein, werden [=to become] and bleiben [=to stay] ) as in the examples below. Adjectives following the verbs sein, werden and bleiben are called predicate adjectives, as opposed to attributive adjectives, which precede the noun they describe and take adjective endings.

Examples of predicate adjectives: Das Bett ist warm. Der Mann wird alt. Michigan bleibt [=stays] kalt.

Source: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/grammatik/Adjektive/Adjektivendungen.html


when the main verb is sein or werden, use the nominative for both subject and predicate nouns



Why mein and not meinen?


Not a native speaker, but I think it is because 'father' is the subject and in the Nominative case. If it were in Akusativ case then it would have been 'meinen Vater'.


That's right. "Mein Vater" is the subject of the sentence. And "Vater" is maskulin= Der Vater. The cases for maskulin words are: Nominative: mein Vater, for Dativ: meinem Vater, and for akkusativ: meinen Vater.


I still didn't get why 'ein' and not 'einen'. Why is it in Nominative and not Accusative?


When the main verb is sein or werden, use the nominative for both subject and predicate nouns:

Here is sein the main verb:

This page can help you: http://www.nthuleen.com/102/hausaufgaben/explnomakkdat.html

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