"Du hast einen Apfel."

Translation:You have an apple.

January 15, 2013



why einen not ein?

November 11, 2013


German inflects its adjectives, articles and pronouns in three cases: nominative (for subject and subject complement), accusative (for direct object and with some prepositions), dative (for some other prepositions).

The accusative of indeterminative article changes just for the masculine gender: EIN/DER are the masculine articles for subjects or for names which came after to be (or other copulas);

EINEN/DEN are the masculine articles for direct odjects (that come after transitive verbs).


August 23, 2014


What are nominative, accusative, and dative?

October 15, 2015


they are grammatical cases ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_case ) in some european languages they are used to express the role of a word in a sentence.

Even English have some words that are declinated in three "cases" (nominative and accusative) they are I, you, he, she, it, we, they.
You can imagine that I is in nominative case, because it has the function of subject, me is the accusative case because it's used for the direct object. (it is not grammarly correct, but it can help you to understand)

cases are this: something that change words without changing their meaning, but changing the meaning of the sentence: I am me! "I" and "me" is the same person! but "me like choccolate" doesn't mean "I like choccolate" because they have different functions.

I hope it helps you: I don't know how to explain it more simply :)

December 8, 2015


You should add a like button to like a reply in case you want to come back to it

September 2, 2017


How do you do that wierd bold thing? :b

November 21, 2016


That is so helpful!!! Thanks!!!

October 29, 2014


Cause that's not how it works

February 24, 2017


you use ein when it is 'i have ' i think XD

December 30, 2016


i dont understand

July 14, 2014


why is she thumbed down for not understanding? I suggest watching a YouTube video on this subject of accusative. It really helped me understand this concept of der becoming einen or den. I was confused for a long time until I researched it more. What Silvia says is spot on, but I needed further research to understand it the way I do now.

May 14, 2017


Einen is an and ein is a

June 27, 2014


No, this is wrong answer! No, this is wrong answer! "der, den des, dem" also eine, einen, eines, einem!

July 2, 2014


what is the difference between "hast" and "habt" ?

April 18, 2013


ich habe ;
du hast (you have) ;
er hat ;
sie hat ;
es hat ;
wir haben ;
ihr habt (plural you have) ;
sie haben ;
Sie haben ;
-----Just different forms of "have" :)

May 20, 2013


Danke :-)

August 5, 2015


What is diffrence in sie & Sie ??

October 4, 2014


sie - "they" Sie - formal "you" (singular) du - informal "you"

October 11, 2014


Do form of 'have' changes according to different cases ?

February 19, 2016



February 10, 2019

March 11, 2016


Thank you too much

October 30, 2015


when you conjugate the verb HABEN (TO HAVE) ''hast'' is used with the singular informal ''you'' and ''habt'' is used with the plural informal ''you''

September 2, 2016


Hast is for plural you (all) have Habt is for singular of you have

January 10, 2019


You've got it exactly the wrong way around.

du hast is singular, ihr habt is plural.

January 10, 2019


GUYS how do you know when to put einen eine or ein? I never know which one to put! :( pleas help

October 15, 2015


It depends on the case or the sentence - Nominative, Accusative or Dative. Nominative: Masculine = Ein, Feminine = Eine, Neutral = Ein (Plural = Eine) Accusative: Masculine = Einen, Feminine = Eine, Neutral = Ein (Plural = Eine) (ONLY MASCULINE CHANGES) Dative: Masculine = Einem, Feminine = Einer, Neutral = Einem (Plural = Einen) (THEY ALL CHANGE)

The ending applies to Der, Die and Das / Mein and Kein also.... for example

Nominative: Masculine = Der/Ein/Mein/Kein. Feminine = Die/Eine/Meine/Keine. Neutral = Das/Ein/Mein/Kein Accusative: Masculine = Den/Einen/Meinen/Keinen. Feminine = Die/Eine/Meine/Keine (same as nominative). Neutral = Das/Ein/Mein/Kein (also the name as nominative) Dative: Masculine = Dem/Einem/Meinem/Keinem. Feminine = Der/Einer/Meiner/Keiner. Neutral = Dem/Einem/Meinem/Keinem

I really hope this helps! To explain when a sentence is Nominative, Accusative or Dative is much more complicated!

October 15, 2015


Do objects always have to be capitalized in German even if they are not at the beginning of a sentence ? Apfel, Brot...

September 20, 2016


Yes, nouns are always capitalized in German. Those also can be words like "der Instinkt" or "die Ironie" or "das Joggen" (the jogging).

September 25, 2016


I have a question why did it use "einen" not ein?

September 18, 2016


For example: die Frage (the question) - eine Frage, accusative: Ich habe eine Frage. Das Brot (bread) - ein Brot, accusative: Ich habe ein Brot. Der Apfel - ein Apfel, accusative: Ich habe einen Apfel. Only the masculine articles der and ein change in the accusative case to den and einen. The neuter ein (Brot) does not change in the accusative.

September 25, 2016


Du is you, so I use hast, again Ihr is you but I use habt.whys that?

April 7, 2013


Du is SINGULAR you, while Ihr is PLURAL you :)

April 18, 2013


Thanks! I was wondering about that too. I wish they would note that in the translations.

June 9, 2015


How would you know if you will use "du" or "ihr" for the word "you"??

September 23, 2015


Du would be you for singular like "You come here" but ihr is for plural like " You all good?" It would be "Ihr alle gut?" in german.

October 15, 2015


How can I understand that When should I use Du and when ihr?

March 15, 2017


If there is only one person then"you" is "du" (or "Sie"). If there are more persons then "you" is "ihr" (or "Sie").: Du und dein Bruder (you and your brother), ihr habt jeder einen Apfel (you have each an apple).

June 4, 2017


why after du we are using hast? and after ihr we are using habt? for have

September 25, 2017


So it is easier to distinguish whether one person is meant or more than one are. If I say to my friend: "Du hast ja ein neues Auto." then I mean only my friend has it. If I say to him: "Ihr habt ja ein neues Auto." then I speak about his whole family.

September 25, 2017


So stupid question. Here is "Du hast einen Apfel" is that sentance saying "You have an apple" to a person who most certainly knows he has an apple? Or is "Du hast einen Apfel" asking do you have an apple? asking a question?

Thanks, Robert

May 27, 2018


Du hast einen Apfel. is a statement.

A yes–no question would have the verb first: Hast du einen Apfel?

May 27, 2018


Could you say "Einen Apfel hast du" to mean the same thing

June 6, 2018


You could say that; the emphasis would be a bit different -- closer to "What you have is an apple" or "An apple is what you have".

June 6, 2018


I know it would be outdated, but could "Du hast" be translated into "Thou hast"?

July 25, 2018


Not on this course (because that would be outdated).

Those would be the cognate (historically related) forms, though

July 25, 2018


When to use haben/hast/habe

February 7, 2019


Am confused when to use dem and when to use einen ?

February 17, 2019


Do you talk really fast in German?

April 10, 2019


Please, someone help me :(. Why they use ''ein'' and ''einen'' if there's ''der'' and ''den''??

November 18, 2013


Ein means "a" or "an" in English. "Der" means "the" in English. It's the difference between saying you have an apple or you have the apple. Using "der/den" suggests some specifics that using "ein/einen" does not because it is emphasizing that you have THE apple, perhaps as opposed to having something else.

February 12, 2014


wait if Afpel is a masculine word, should it be ein? isn't einen for neuter?

March 2, 2013


Nope, einen is the accusative case of ein. "Have" is a transitive verb, and so apple is the object of the sentence. So "ein Apfel" becomes "einen Apfel" when it changes from subject to direct object, i.e., from nominative --> accusative case.[For a neutral noun, e.g., das Kind, the indefinitie article is ein in both cases, only the masculine case changes.] Hope that helps!

March 3, 2013


I still have a hard time with understanding the words nominative/accusative and definite/indefinite. Can you please expand with examples? Thanks and happy new year !

December 27, 2013


There are three main cases to understand to get a good basic understanding of German. NOMINATIVE, ACCUSATIVE & DATIVE. Word endings change based on this and it is not a quick or easy thing to explain. Try reading this ... http://www.jabbalab.com/blog/795/how-the-german-cases-work-nominative-accusative-dative-and-genitive

October 12, 2015


What is the difference of "habe" and hast." When should I use what!?

November 28, 2013


Habe is first person usage and hast is second person usage.

March 19, 2014


What's the difference between Du hast and Ihr habt?

January 18, 2014


Du hast is the singular you, while Ihr habt is the plural you.

"Du hast einen Apfel." "[You] have an apple." "Ihr habt einen Apfel." "[You all] have an apple."

I like to think of "Ihr" as the U.S. Southern slang "y'all" that we tend to use for a plural "you."

February 12, 2014


Why can't it be "Du 'habe' einen Apfel"? Why is it "Du 'hast' einen Apfel"?

February 7, 2015


Because habe belongs to Ich, and hast belongs to du. The verb changes depending on the personal pronoun. There should be some good tables on the internet giving examples of how the verb changes for different personal pronouns. It's not as simple as English in this sense! Good luck :)

October 12, 2015


why its an and not a apple ?

May 29, 2015


In English we put "an" in front of any word following that starts with a vowel. Apple starts with the vowel "A". If it was Banana it would just be "a" Banana because B is not a vowel. However if it were an Orange, well Orange starts with the vowel "O".

Think of adding the "n" to keep the "a" and the next vowel apart.

June 12, 2015


Clarification - "an" precedes any word that starts with a vowel sound, even if the first letter is not actually a vowel. For example: "an honor".

Similarly, "a" precedes any word that starts with a consonant sound even if the first letter is actually a vowel. For example: "a universe".

August 21, 2015
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