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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paul.cavalier

Elefanten or Elefant?

I'm sort of new to this, and although I thought I was going quite well, I stumbled across something that is really confusing me. I'm hoping someone out there far more educated on the German language can help me understand this a little better.

If I was to translate "She has an elephant", I would have said "Sie hat einen Elefant", yet a number of questions on this site suggest that it is actually "Sie hat einen Elefanten", which I would have taken as "She has an elephants"... Am I missing something here? Thanks in advance!

June 11, 2012

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

It's because in all non-nominative forms, Elefant is Elefanten.

Source: http://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Elefant


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

This doesn't clear things up. Duolingo says both Elefant and Elefanten are acceptable in the accusative. I've seen it multiple times at this point on the site.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paul.cavalier

Vielen dank! That's really helpful. Pretty tricky language this one!


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

An elephant drinks = Ein Elefant trinkt.

Elefant is subject ie nominative case thus "Ein Elefant"

She has an elephant = Sie hat einen Elefanten.

Elefant is object ie accusative case thus "einen Elefanten"

As correctly stated before : "in all non-nominative forms, Elefant is Elefanten." In the wiki page you can see all cases in the table on the right for singular plural.

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