"She is eating."

Translation:Sie isst.

January 18, 2013



There is much confusion regarding "isst" "essen""esse" can anyone provide me the proper way to tackle the case ? :o

May 25, 2018


The verb endings change depending on who does something (I, you, he/she/it ...). In addition, "essen" is an irregular ("strong") verb. Like some other irregular verbs, it changes its vowel for the "du" and "er/sie/es" forms in the present tense. Here, the vowel change is from "e" to "i", so it's "du isst" and not "du esst", etc. Unfortunately, the vowel changes of irregular verbs have to be learnt by heart.

essen (to eat)

ich esse

du isst

er/sie/es isst

wir essen

ihr esst

sie/Sie essen

May 25, 2018


This is so helpful

November 17, 2018


Thanks ♥️

April 24, 2019


why wouldn't er isst work?

January 18, 2013


Because "er" means "he", not "she" (sie).

January 18, 2013


"ißt" is also a valid spelling of the verb in this tense.

January 21, 2013


Actually, according to the new spelling rules, it isn't, or rather, it's dated :). After short vowels, "ss" is now used instead of "ß": daß- dass, ißt-isst, Kuß - Kuss, etc. But maybe Duolingo still accepts the old spelling.

If anybody is wondering why we're having this discussion: the spelling reform is a fairly recent development (1996-2006).

January 21, 2013


could be sie esse

February 2, 2013


Why isnt "ist"(is) between Sie and isst?

November 17, 2014


The English progressive aspect (e.g. she is eating, he is reading, I am cooking) can't be translated literally into German. In fact, Standard German doesn't distinguish between the simple and the progressive aspects - there is just one form for both. So, depending on the context, "Sie isst" can be translated as "She eats" or as "She is eating/She's eating".

(In addition, in some regions in Germany there is also a special progressive form that is used in colloquial speech. I think Duolingo accepts it, but I would advise against using it. This colloquial progressive form, too, is not a literal translation from English: She is eating = colloquial progressive: Sie ist am Essen.)

November 17, 2014


Thank you!

November 17, 2014


ive got a problem. im saying sie isst and letter pop up and then they hide and i cant do the excercise

March 31, 2015


Sie esse trinkt... why not?

April 30, 2015


esse is the form where before it is Ich which makes am eating or eat into esse, when sie is before eat or am eating it will be isst.

September 20, 2015


also trinkt is drinking...

March 15, 2017


how can i know if it is "Sie = she" or the other "Sie = They " .

January 21, 2016


The form of the verb following 'Sie' tells you which is which...

February 19, 2017
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