"We like the apple."

Translation:Wir mögen den Apfel.

January 23, 2013



what do I use the accusative?

June 1, 2013


Der Akkusativ is the case used for the thing being acted upon.

Basic grammar: a sentence (ein Satz) must have, at a minimum, a subject and a verb. Zum Beispiel:

  • Der Junge isst. == The boy eats. Hier ist "der Junge" das Subjekt und "isst" das Verb. The boy is the actor and the action he is taken is described by the verb.

If the boy eats something, perhaps an apple, then we have: "Der Junge isst einen Apfel." The apple is the thing being acted upon: it is being eaten. Das ist ein "direkt Objekt", und der Fall ist "Akkusativ". Similarly, der Junge wirft den Ball. The ball is being thrown, and the boy is the one throwing it.

Ania does a great job of explaining die Fälle in this series of videos.

June 17, 2017


Why do you use "den" instead of "das" for this case?

January 23, 2013

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"Das" is for neuter names, while Apfel is a masculine name, so the article is "der", which becomes "den" in the accusative.

January 23, 2013


can we use oe instead of ö here? it called it a typo

March 5, 2013


It is better to use ö than oe. There's an interesting article in the Wikipedia concerning German orthography.

Here is a guide to setting up your keyboard to type the umlauted letters and das Eszett.

June 17, 2017


Is it incorrect to use "gern haben?"

August 6, 2013


I think that'd be "wir haben gern . . . ," which would literally be "we like having . . . ." That seems to be the same.

June 17, 2017


I translated it as "Uns gefällt der Apfel."

August 12, 2013


Why mögen instead of mag? Wir mag den apfel.

March 24, 2014


For "Ich" you use "Mag," but for "Wir" you use "Mögen."

July 6, 2014


Mögen is plural. Mag is singulär i think.

May 4, 2014


Why is schmecken bad? It is like for taste.

May 15, 2014


Wir schmecken den Apfel, means "we taste the apple," which gives no indication that we like it. Es könnte schlecht schmecken.

June 17, 2017
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