"Er trinkt."

Translation:He is drinking.

January 18, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zelbinian

Ugh. Hearing the difference between "Er" and "Ihr" is gonna take some doing, especially since the verb endings are usually the same!

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizabethem

In my experience you can tell a difference when speaking to a native speaker. Er usually sounds like "air" and ihr usually sounds like "ear." I don't like this default voice. Personally I keep hearing "hier."

December 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zb0t

Thank god I thought I was the only one haha!

December 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hanike

You can perfectly identify these completely different Sounds when you hear it from someone who is not an English-native speaker or speaks well German! As Elisabeth said, some may say one sounds like Air and the other like Ear.

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lolbrella

I know its hard but you can hear the difference

December 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duoderSie

Could also be it drinks if its a Masculine animal eg Der Hund

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sparroe

It could if there were context.

"Der Hund hat Durst. Er trinkt Wasser," = "The dog is thirsty. It is drinking water."

"Der Wagen geht nicht mehr. Er ist kaputt." = "The car doesn't go anymore. It is broken."

Unless it's clear from the context that a pronoun refers to something you would give a different gender in English, you should use the gender from the German in your translation.

October 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kostasgr

So, 'he drinks' or 'he is drinking' ? Those 2 mean different things I think.

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

Right. In German, there's only one form.

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SlothMaster24

I know its hard i can never tell if its a girl er or a boy erie

September 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Greavyard

Er / Sie He / She

December 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oveve1

i don't really get the trinkt, trinke and trinkst

August 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priya7
December 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Holanda.marcos

i wrote ''ihr trinkt'' and it annouced as wrong. ''IHR'' and ''ER' sound the same for me but is there any difference between ones?

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

They don't sound the same. "ihr" sounds similar to English "ear" and "er" sounds similar to English "air" (imagine a British/RP accent).

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizabethem

That's exactly what I said to the top comment! Glad someone else hears them that way. I don't like the voice they use!!!

December 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RayMatter

As opposed to "he is drinking", the literal translation in English means "He Drinks", which can also be used as "he's a drinker" as one who drinks. I suppose that in German it would not be used to describe the habit? If not, than how do you describe an alcoholic for example?

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

"Er trinkt" can refer to alcoholism as well and "Er ist ein Trinker" is also used in German.

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kairavsai

In the previous lesson er ist ein junge meant he is a boy So it must be er ist trinkt for he is drinking right

March 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

No, "er ist trinkt" doesn't exist. Both "He drinks" and "He is drinking" translate to "Er trinkt". In German, there's only one form.

March 21, 2014
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