"The participant reads his first newspaper."

Translation:Der Teilnehmer liest seine erste Zeitung.

February 14, 2013



It would be absolutely wonderful if the gender was put in the hint with nouns. This would help us to remember if the noun is m/f/n and by selecting the correct the correct das, die, der or what have you we would be better planing the gender in our heads with the word. Because quite honestly this guessing is not achieving what I believe is their goal of teaching me German in a pleasant and effective manner.

June 4, 2013


I totally agree and requested a month ago that it be considered.

July 1, 2013


Agreed, and it's one of the many small but significant changes I wish Duolingo would take. I've taken to installing the Vocabulix toolbar because guessing something which essentially requires rote memorization is stupid.

November 13, 2013


Seconded earnestly!

June 22, 2013


Ich auch!

November 8, 2013


And I think also a hint or tooltip saying which case a pronoun? is in would be helpful in aiding comprehension

February 19, 2014


Yes definitely

September 9, 2014


Why are both "seine" and "erste" feminine. Is there a rule in German grammar that governs this?

March 3, 2014


Yes a very important one. Zeitung is feminine so sein and erst have to have the feminine (accusative) endings. The fact that sein means "his" has no influence on the endings.

March 3, 2014


thank you

March 3, 2014


Ok, so basically, possessive articles, and attribute adjectives do not change in the same way, they don't get the same endings. But, they do become qualified by the noun they are describing For instance, "Das ist mein erste Hund". Grammatically, is that right? The way I see it is that we have "der Hund" in the nominative case, and therefore, the possessive article "mein" is used, and the weak inflection of the attributive adjective is used - erste -....

May 27, 2013


Not quite. Since Hund is male, you'd have to say "Das ist mein erster Hund."

August 23, 2013



April 9, 2014


What relevance does the word 'participant' have in this section? Sounds completely random.

February 14, 2013


maybe it's a newspaper reading competition?

February 15, 2013


It would be the first ever in the history of mankind...

February 15, 2013


I've heard it's all the rage in Germany

March 31, 2013


It also means 'subscriber' apparently. EDIT: Yep, checked Linguee. It does.

June 13, 2013


Could be a participant at a conference or in a golf competition, who happens to read a few newspapers in the morning

March 28, 2013


Why not "Der Teilnehmer liest ihre erste Zeitung"? Thank you...

December 27, 2013


Ihr = her, sein = his/its

January 29, 2014


Why not "Der Teilnehmer liest ihm erste Zeitung."?? That says "The participant reads his first newspaper" doesn't it? :/

March 15, 2014


ihm is the dative form of the personal pronoun es - it means "to him", or other indirect object usages.

The possessive pronoun "his" = sein and its declensions, in this case seine because (die) Zeitung is feminine singular accusative.


March 16, 2014


90% of the multiple choice questions follow the same pattern of one alternative having something in common with both of the others, and it is overwhelmingly the correct answer. Just try!

April 9, 2014


why not <die Teilnehmerin liest seine erste Zeitung> we don't know exactly what the man's gender.... as the participant may read her boyfriend's first newspaper

November 1, 2015


Any reason I can't use zuerste over erste?

March 27, 2016


I hate when the context in Duolingo is weird, it makes learning so much harder..

November 20, 2018
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