"Wir essen."

Translation:We eat.

March 17, 2016



How you match essen for "Ihr"?

March 19, 2016


ich esse
du isst
er/sie/es isst
wir essen
ihr esst
sie essen

March 19, 2016


Why word eating starts 'e' changes to I in case of Er- isst as esst- Ihr, Esse - Ich

September 19, 2016


Because essen is an irregular verb. Therefore it doesn't follow the exact same rules as other verbs such as spielen.

September 19, 2016


Is wir essen = we are eating = we eat? Or is there some other conjugation for "we eat"

October 17, 2016


It is both. There is no continuous aspect in German, so both English forms are possible and accepted.

Wir essen = "we eat" and "we are eating"
Du trinkst = "you drink" and "you are drinking"
Ich schlafe = "I sleep" and "I am sleeping"
Die Frau spielt = "The woman plays" and "The woman is playing"

November 28, 2016


Wir essen = We eat

May 22, 2017


I need help with using drink in German. Eg. Drink, drinking and drinks etc.

August 20, 2017


The verb "to drink" = trinken The noun "drink" = Getränk The plural "drink" (drinks) = Getränke

August 20, 2017


how do we know that it continues or indefinite sentence like is it we are eating or we eat... which one is right

August 22, 2017


There is no differentiation in present continuous tense and present tense in German. So either is correct.

August 22, 2017


Could you say "Wir sind essen." for "we are eating" and if so, is there a reason its being left out here?

September 23, 2017

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You can say: "Wir sind am Essen", changing the verb to a noun in order to express a kind of gerund form, but "Wir sind essen" is not possible.

September 23, 2017


the formal translation for "eating" as present participle would be "essend", but you cannot say "wir sind essend"

you could say as hedi76 writes: wir sind am essen, but for me this would be rather familiar,

best translation to me seems: "wir sind dabei zu essen" (similiar to French "etre en train de")

February 26, 2018


Does this disregard the usage of the be verb "are"? "Wir sind..."

February 11, 2018


I'm not quite sure what you mean.

Are you asking why Wir essen translates into "We are eating"?

English has a present continuous tense, formed with "to be" and the -ing form of a verb.

German does not have such a form. It just has one present tense, which it uses both for habitual actions (e..g wir essen = we eat) and for actions that are taking place right now (e.g. wir essen = we are eating).

For an action that takes place right now, you will have to translate the German present tense into the English present continuous tense. That means using the verb "to be" and the -ing form of a verb. This is something dictated by English grammar, and not something present in a German sentence.

February 11, 2018


Wir essen means we eat, so how do you say we are eating?

May 27, 2018


The same way: wir essen.

German doesn't make this distinction.

May 27, 2018


You could add "gerade" (has about the same meaning as "just"): "Wir essen gerade" means we are [just in the process of] eating. Other related phrases are "Wir sind [gerade] beim Essen", "Wir sind [gerade] am Essen" or "Wir sind [gerade] dabei, zu essen", as Marie_goforit and hedi76 said above. Please note that the use is different from the English "we are eating". These phrases would only be used if you wish to stress the fact that something is happening right now (for example, if indicating to someone on the phone that his/her call is ill-timed).

April 27, 2019


Is it right to say Wir esst?

July 18, 2018


No -- the subject and the verb form don't match.

It's wir essen and ihr esst.

July 18, 2018


In the info it says "Eating is okay" but when i try to write "Eating" its wrong

August 11, 2018


The hints do not say "... is okay in this sentence"; they are not "suggestions" or "recommendations".

The hints may include translations that work in other sentences but not this one. They are not reliable.

"We are eating." is correct English, and "We eat." is also correct English. Both of those translations are accepted.

"We eating." is not correct English and is not accepted as a translation.

August 12, 2018


How can you tell if it says "we are eating" or "we eat"?

September 2, 2018


You can't, in a sentence without context such as most of the ones on Duolingo.

And so both translations will be accepted.

September 3, 2018


How to say "we eat"

November 16, 2018


wir essen

November 16, 2018


Hi, could someone please tell me if we can use 'Wir essen' for 'We ate'. Thanks.

March 8, 2019


No, you cannot. "We ate" is past tense but wir essen is present tense.

March 12, 2019


Thanks.. so how do we write we ate.

March 12, 2019


wir aßen or - more commonly - wir haben gegessen.

March 12, 2019


We are eating?

March 12, 2019


That's another possible translation.

March 12, 2019


This has nothing to do with the accusative case.

April 22, 2019


Can you go higher than level 25 in German?

April 29, 2019


Can you go higher than level 25


April 30, 2019


Diference of pronunciation in Wir, Bär and Bier

June 7, 2016


German "Bier" sounds similar to English "beer"
German "wir" like "Bier" but with a "w" instead of "b" (or the English "we" with an additional "r")
German "Bär" sounds similar to English "bear"

June 23, 2016


Could Wir Essen be Wir Essen = We eat = We're eating? I suck at German and don't know where else to ask

January 24, 2017


In german there is now difference between present continuous and present simple tense.It's is the same. Ich esse=i am eating/i eat.

February 6, 2017


What about "ate"?

May 29, 2017

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we eat = wir essen. (present tense)
we ate = wir assen (past tense)

June 8, 2017


Note that outside of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the standard spelling of the simple past tense is wir aßen with an ß, as the vowel in the first syllable is long in the past tense (but short in the present tense).

August 12, 2018


The pronunciation gets me every time! How do you pronounce "esse" and "essen"?

August 1, 2017


Think of esse like ess-ah and essen like ess-in

January 26, 2019


It's similar to latin esse! Same ancestral?

September 14, 2017


Why Wir essen≠ we eat? I know there is no present continuous in German.

September 17, 2016


If it marked you as wrong, then you likely made a spelling mistake.
Wir essen = both "we eat" and "we are eating"

November 28, 2016
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