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"Er mag den Apfel."

Translation:He likes the apple.

January 14, 2013



is there an easy way to tell the difference between "Er" and "Ihr" when listening?


The verb should give you a hint--in this case, for instance, had it been ihr, the sentences would have been "Ihr mögt den Apfel" (correct me if I'm wrong). I don't know if there might be cases where this does not apply, but so far the conjugation of the verb has helped me figure it out.


Er sounds like "ur" and Ihr sounds like "ear".


Why is it "den", and not "der"?


der is nominative (the subject) and den is accusative (direct object)

It would be Der Apfel schmeckt gut (not Den Apfel schmeckt gut)


Does this mean I would say "Ich esse den apfel"?


Also the word takes the article den when the action happens on object


Er sounds more like [eh-uh] while ihr sound more like [ee-uh].


I agree with you, Infobat.


Does it mean "He likes the apple" as well?


When I first started learning German, I was told that "Ich mag den Apfel" sounded rather childish and that one should always go with "gern", so "Ich esse den Apfel gern". Could you please shed some light on this?


As far as I know, 'Gern' means 'surley', or 'definetely', so the person that told you that not putting 'Gern' in probably thought that without putting 'Gern' in, it sounds like you were knew to German, and that you need to make the sentence longer. Adding 'Gern' in probably changes the sentence: "I have an apple" to "I do have an appel". I hope I helped, good question, you deserve a: HOOT! Many thanks.

<pre> -The German DL Owl </pre>


Why the "mag" has no -t ending? Is it the same case with the word "will"?


I find the accent a little difficult but if my grammar was better perhaps this wouldn't be such an issue. At least I understand the sentence...


Whats the difference between gern and mag since both means "like"?

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