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"Er liest die Bücher."

Translation:He reads the books.

February 4, 2016



Er (he), liest (reads), die (the), Bücher (plural of Buch = Bücher, books). Time will make things clearer for us.


I think the English translation although literally correct, is not actually correct. What person say "He reads the books"? It should be "he reads books"


    What you wrote is incorrect. The translation is perfectly fine and the sentence is totally normal in both languages. The meaning is just more specific if you use the article ("the"), in both languages. Without it, it means "books (generally)", but with it it means "the (specific) books". This is explained on Duo's tips pages.


    You say He reads "the" books, when you are specifying certain books. Let's suppose you have a brother and you gave some books to your him, then your mother tells you he's reading them, she should say "the books" cause he's reading those specific books.


    That would depend entirely on the situation "the books" would be referring to a specific selection of book while "books" could be any books


    Can this sentence not be translated, "He is reading the books."?


    I tried that and I got it wrong, not sure why.


    how to make differences between Er (he) and Ihr (you)?


      How to hear the difference? Well, they do have a different vowel sound. You can compare on Forvo (er & ihr). Also, they match to different forms of the verb (called conjugations), which also sound different (er liest & ihr lest).


      You just need to learn it.


      Why "he is reading the books" is wrong?


      I am on level 16 and still mix up ihr & er, I sadly feel this will lead me to quit learning written German here, the amount of fails I still get on those two words is frustrating me no end!


      I am new to Duolingo so maybe i am unaware of all the 'helps' that are available, but I think it would be helpful to hava a resource that listes the irregular verbs or conjugates verbs ... that would help with the confusion and challenges when using "ihr." Thanks.


      Why "He is reading the book" is wrong?


      It gets me every time that it can be lesen without the i and Liest with it.


      I say it right but it doaent pick up all of the words that i say


      Er liest is sometimes translated "he reads" and sometimes "he is reading" is there a difference? English is not my mither tongue.


      He reads the books


      Yes Jannisha RD's question is good.... I also didn't get it first when I listened


      Why is the word book in plural form..books


        Because the German sentence also uses the plural form, and we need to translate it.


        The quality of the audio is worse than a telephone. The sounds are sometimes unintelligible. I sometimes nearly get to the stage of giving up. Doubling the bit rate should alleviate this problem.


        It is not letting me past this question with either the correct German or English translations. It asks for German and when I write German it says "incorrect" and shows the answer in English. When I translate in English it says "incorrect, you wrote in English in errir" ...thus question is corrupted... :( :(


        Why these books?


        I wrote the same thing, but it doesnt seem to accept the answer


        Entschuldigung, could you tell me different den to die Why this sentence is not den? I already know "den" is to being done to it


        It says type what you HEAR...how could it ever be incorrect? Lol


        I still get confused between die and das for neutral nouns


        But how?! I'm polish so i cannot understand everything in English (i am still learning) but "the books"?


        Why is "is reading" suddenly not accepted anymore? That's what I have been doing up to this point. Is/are reading, rather than just "read" which can be read in two ways. Or eaven "reads" wich in this example is used, but as a substitute to "is reading".

        I'm being very clear with my translations and its not accepting them anymore.


        When we should write 'der apfel' and when write 'den apfel'?


        "Der Apfel" is nominative case: "Der Apfel hängt am Baum". "Den Apfel" is accusative case: "Ich esse den Apfel."


        how can we say " he reads the books" i think it's correct to say "he read the books"


        how can we say " he reads the books"

        Er liest die Bücher.

        i think it's correct to say "he read the books"

        That would be past tense, and pronounce differently: "he reads" (present tense) sounds like "reedz"; "he read" (past tense) sounds like "red".

        Er hat die Bücher gelesen or Er las die Bücher.


        How we say in the plural the?


        "ir" ist ihr.Wir liesen E wie E und nicht "I" !!!


        What does this mean


        Books are products of literature similiar to newspaper and journals but with much more words and less pictures. The most books do not even have any pictures inside of them, can you imagine? The standard book is about half the size of a standard sheet of paper (A5) and has a sturdy backside. On the front of the book is the so called cover namely the only place where every book has a picture. The number of pages can vary. Small books might only have a few dozen pages while longer book trend to have more than a thousand.

        The action, which is refered to in this sentence, is the so called reading. You are probably doing it right now and it means so much as an internal translation of the written words into the language of your mind. So you follow the text with your eyes and by doing so you understand. Of course some knowledge is needed for this. In civilized cultures this is normally taught in the early childhood, where such information is easiest learnt.

        The subject of the sentence is an undefined male person. We do not know the name of this person, but we know that "he" is neighter female nor a thing.

        So together it is possible to combine the pieces to:

        The male person translates the written language for better understanding into thoughts by using former knowledge of early childhood. This writing is found inside of multiple things that are each products of literature without pictures and with a lot of small papers sticked together in between an hardened outer cover.

        I hope I could be of help.

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