Eine Biene ist ein insekt. . Biene is feminine so we got Eine and Insekt is masculine so we got Ein ?! Correct me if im wrong :)
"Insekt" is actually neuter (das Insekt), but other than that, yes, you are correct :)
"Eine Frau ist ein Mensch" ("a woman is a human being") works the same way ("Frau" is female, "Mensch" masculine)
as does "dieser Mann ist eine eigenartige Person" ("this man is an odd person". "Mann" is masculine, "Person" feminine).
The gender of the first noun normally has no influence on the other noun (obvious exception: job titles, etc., like "diese Frau ist eine gute Ärztin" - "this woman is a good doctor" vs. "der Mann ist ein guter Arzt" - "the man is a good doctor").
Adjectives that come before the nouns they belong to (as in "das schöne Wetter" vs. "das Wetter ist schön") are inflected in German, matching the noun they belong to (=gender, plural/singular and case). That is why "gut" becomes "guter" in "ein guter Arzt" (nominative singular masculine). Don't worry if this takes a while to fully understand. Adjective inflection in all its facets is one of the hardest parts of the German language, but it is doable and, once you understood the basics, logical :)
vielen dank ! ich finde deine antwort sehr helfreich ! ( correct me again if im wrong :D i used google translate)
One bee is an insect.
Only one bee though, the rest are bloody arachnids.
in German words "ei" and "ai" are pronounced equally (like the English "i"). There are some exceptions, but all of those are words loaned from other languages.
Ein as in Herr Professor Einstein. “...ain” would be the sound in English “pain” or “train”, which doesn’t exist in German.
“...ain” in German sounds the same, as in Frankfurt am Main.
How to differentiate between ist and isst just by listening?? I didn't see the sentence and write - a bee eats an insect. I thought bot says isst...
You can't differentiate just by listening. They sound exactly the same. In many contexts you can differentiate by the case following, because "X ist Y" needs Y in the nominative case, whereas "X isst Y" needs Y in the accusative case.
Unfortunately, this doesn't help here, because "ein Insekt" can be accusative as well as nominative.
But there is a clue here to resolve the matter: "essen" is only used for human beings. So if "a bee eats/is eating an insect" were meant, it would be "Eine Biene frisst ein Insekt".
I wrote: "a bee is an insect" That was considered wrong, it should be: "A bee is a bug" Above I can read : Translation "A bee is an insect". What has happened to Dou?
Why does bee and insect take a capital letters? I remarked that a lot of German words gave capital letters in the middle of the sentence. Is there a rule or is it just how it's written?
So why then
Since you're not replying to anything, it's not clear what "then" refers to.
do you mark me wrong when I use 'ein' instead of 'einen'?
Because it's incorrect.
ein is masculine nominative, neuter nominative, or neuter accusative. einen is masculine accusative.
Using one when the other is required is a mistake.
I believe you are confusing German with English. In English the 'a' before a word with a vowel becomes 'an' - a bug / an insect. In German you use einen with the masculine words in the accusative case - Ich habe einen Tisch.
So insekt means "Bug" not "insect" because the sentence starts with Eine not Ein?
"Insekt" always means "insect," not "bug." The "eine" is the article for "Biene" ("eine" because "Biene" is feminine nominative) and has nothing to do with "Insekt." The article for "Insekt" in this sentence is "ein" because "Insekt" is neuter nominative here.
cool, i got it incorrect because i said "A bee is a insect" but apparently it was supposed to be "A bee is a bug" but i think it they may have corrected this. thanks for your response Copernicus.
Okay, so I guess it does accept "bug." It should really be "insect," but I guess Duo is being pretty lax and informal. The best translation is "A bee is an insect."
Your problem is actually "a insect." It should be "an insect." Use "a" when the next word starts with a consonant and "an" when the next word starts with a vowel ("a bug" but "an insect"). Duo corrected to "a bug" because it's not smart enough to figure out the more intuitive correction.
yeah sorry i did use an, i just never do in English HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL!
No, "a" is used before words that start with consonants (I would like a burger) and "an" is used before words that start with vowels (Can I have an apple)
Your statement doesn’t make sense. Eine Biene is feminine; ein Insekt is neuter. It has nothing at all to do with the English a/an rule. Can’t imagine why you are “triggered” by that