"Er trinkt."

Translation:He is drinking.

January 18, 2013

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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


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


Thank god I thought I was the only one haha!

December 3, 2014


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


I know its hard but you can hear the difference

December 23, 2014


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

March 25, 2013


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


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

September 10, 2013


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

September 10, 2013


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

September 15, 2014


Er / Sie He / She

December 23, 2014


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

August 15, 2013

December 24, 2014


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


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


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


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


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

July 25, 2014


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


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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