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"Aus einem Ei"

Translation:From an egg

February 15, 2013





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It doesn't mean anything! It is supposed to say that if a noun comes after prepositions like aus and whatever, that noun comes as Dative. So calm down. Inhale and exhale!


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I guess they want say that "Dativ always come after (Aus) "


is this true? i cant see any other reason why... thanks for the help


aus always requires the dative case, yes.


Just wondering why - there is movement from the eggs inside to the outside which should require accusative. I asked my 94 year old German born neighbor this question an her answer was "just because". Seems to be a very good answer for many things in German!


there is movement [...] which should require accusative.

Movement, in and of itself, doesn't require any particular case.

There are some prepositions that can take either the dative or the accusative case -- and with those prepositions, the accusative case is used when the preposition indicates the destination of movement.

But there are prepositions that always imply movement, and so there's no need for any particular case to distinguish the movement meaning from a location meaning.

These include von "from, away from", aus "from out of", and zu "to", which all happen to take the dative case, as well as durch "through", which happens to take the accusative case.


it is dative case preposition. "aus"


What is the difference between Von and Aus?


'aus' to state that it comes out of something. It must have been inside. 'Von' could be explained as coming from a point. ∙→


So 'aus' like 'out', 'von' like 'from' maybe these are all cognates?


But we say: ich komme aus England, which means "from" and that is a geographical/physical point, there is not inside there, right?


True, but better take it as an image and not literally. If you come from a country you have been inside and you have to get out of it Ͼ→ (aus). “Ich komme aus England,” would mean for example that you live / or make vacation inside of the country and now you get out of it, even though the translation says “from”. On the other hand |→ “Ich komme von England,” would probably see the place as on a map. As I have been writing you can see “aus” like this Ͼ→ (out of) and “von” like this |→ (from a point).


The way the Germans think of it is that you were there and you came out of it. It is very similar to the egg situation if you think about it as you were in(side) England and you came out of it but both can be translated as "from" in English.


Sort of. Be wary of prepositions, they're very arbitrary from language to language. All of a sudden, something you think means "for" is being used like "to".

IMO that's because a lot of the relationships they describe are actually metaphoric.


Wow! Makes sense now


It could also mean of or from if used in a name. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von


Why are we using the dative case here?


I am surprised no one mentioned the mnemonic song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw1O_Z9Wo-8


Maybe because it is not particularly helpful?


Always helped me! In fact, I still use it now, 40 years later.


I do not understand why it is dative? If the egg is the indirect object, then what is the subject and object. Presuming this is a response to 'Where did Duo come from?' Would Duo be the subject? Then what is the object?



Some prepositions always signal the case of the following noun.

Aus introduces the dative case. As does außer, bei, gegenüber, mit, nach and some others.

Für, bis, ohne, durch and others introduce the accusative case.

So....you know that the article will be dative because aus tells you it has to be. Wherever this phrase was lifted from, it would be written in the dative. The presence of aus tells you all you need to know about that sentence to determine what case it should be in. If it wasn't grammatically correct to place the egg in the dative case in that sentence, then aus would not be the preposition introducing it.

I assume that the point of this Duo example is for you to come away with the idea that ...aus = dative. Aus = dem, der, dem, den/ einem, einer, einem, einen...masculine, feminine, neuter, plural form.

If you learn the prepositions that always take a particular case then you don't have to trouble yourself over what case a given phrase is. Those prepositions, if they are available, tell you which case much faster than you can figure it out for yourself.

Undoubtedly, there are some examples that are exceptions but you can take it as a general rule, while keeping your mind open.


From an egg is a phrase. It does not have a subject verb object order because it is not a sentence.


Why is "einem" marked "a/an masc/neut nominative"? I thought those were both "ein" in nominative. Thank you!


It is because it is an un finished sentence. And prepositions are used for accusative and dative. Since this is a dative case hence einum is used and not ein.


What is dative case ?


    Read Duolingo's explanation if you haven't already.


    Because aus is a dative preposition, It causes Ei to take the dative indefinite article einem. Their list of dative prepositions is actually on Duolingo's explanation of Accusative Prepositions


    The indirect object of the sentence. The object of some prepositions in phrases.


    So, would "from a house" be "aus einer/einem Haus"?


      I think so, in the sense of "coming out of a house", i.e. specifically through a doorway for example. To come "from" a house, i.e. from a house to a shop, would use von.

      And to answer your confusion about einer/einem, it is einem because aus is a 'dative preposition' (what follows it is always in dative case), and Haus is a neuter object (and the declension pattern for neuter objects in dative case is -em. There's no way for a singular neuter object to get a -er declension in any case. As an extra complication, some nouns can also change their endings in dative case - so it could also be einem Hause (but this seems to be optional this time).

      You can also be more specific about whether it is "going out from" or "coming out from" by using hinaus or heraus respectively. When talking about an egg, though, I don't think it's usual to consider the perspective of remaining inside the egg so you'd just say aus without any ambiguity.


      Thank you- can you give me a link/list where I can find more help on dative/accusative/nominative case?


        Duolingo has lesson tips at the start of the lessons on accusative case and dative case if you use the web version (even on a phone - look for the light bulb icon). Also, practising those lessons and reading the comments you will find many tips and useful links.


        Are Latin phrases usually translated into German or used directly? I mean would you say "Aus einem Ei " or "Ab ovo"?


        Why does it have to be "from an egg"? Why not "over an egg"? It says one of the translations of aus is over.


        You probably would never use the sentence 'over an egg' - in this context, it's probably the answer to the question 'woher kommen Hähnchen?'


        The chicken sits over an egg???


        Chickens sit 'on' eggs, not over them.

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          It's asking from where ___ is coming from. In this case, a bird or something of similar form since he's saying "from/out of an egg". Technically, I suppose the answer could also be a platypus. But, like derwaliser said...

          "Where do chickens come from?" (woher kommen Hähnchen) "They come from eggs" (aus einem Ei, or, Sie kommen aus einem Ei)


          As I understand it the translation of "aus" as "over" is not referring to the positional meaning of "over". It is used as a colloquial way of saying that something is finished e.g. "es ist aus" meaning "it is over" so it does not work here at all. http://context.reverso.net/traduction/allemand-anglais/es+ist+aus The hints are very dependent on context and do not necessarily apply in the current exercise.


          Because over an egg makes no sense. Aus einem Ei tells you where something came from (i.e. die Strumpfhose kam aus einem Ei). In this case you find that the pantyhose came from an egg. Were you to use over the sentence would make no sense.


          If you wanted to say that you made a cake using only one egg, could you use this sentence? As in: Diese Küche ist aus einem Ei?


          If you wanted to say that you made a cake using only one egg, could you use this sentence?

          No, because you don't make cake "from" eggs -- they're not the main ingredient the way they are in (say) an omelette. You make a cake "using" or "with" eggs.

          As in: Diese Küche ist aus einem Ei?

          diese Küche is "this kitchen" :) "this cake" would be dieser Kuchen.

          I'd probably say Dieser Kuchen enthält nur ein Ei "This cake contains only one egg."

          But you might say Dieses Omelett ist aus einem Ei. "This omelette is (made) from one egg." (With einem stressed in speech since it means "one" rather than "a(n)".)


          Oh, I always forget which is which :)

          First, I was thinking about using scrambled eggs in exemple, but it sounded stupid xD Ok, but in writing it looks the same, right?

          Anyway, thank you :)


          in writing it looks the same, right?

          If by "it" you mean the translations of "one" and "a", then yes.

          German doesn't distinguish them the way e.g. Dutch or Danish do, by writing the accented version with an accent (één, én): it's ein in both cases in German.


          There is Latin phrase that says - AB OVO, which means : from the very beginning, from origin, from EGG. So it might be that.

          Meaning - from start (from an EGG) to the finish. There are couple of explanations for this, for example : sometimes it could refer to the course of Roman meal (from the eggs to the apples); or for example mythical egg from which Helen of Troy was born.

          Metaphorically, it could mean from the start to the finish of anything in general!


          A bit of googling shows that in German "ab ovo" would be "vom Ei", not "aus einem Ei". I made this assumption too, but we both were wrong.


          It would be nice if Duo popped up and said relevant things, like “see, aus in a German sentence indicates the Dative case!” instead of “wow, you got 5 in a row!”


          could this also be used to indicate that "you're making something out of an egg" for example food, or it's just to indicate that DUO did indeed come out from the egg? :)


            This would be interpreted in the second way. But it could also mean the first way. Just as the English phrase "From an egg".

            A later Duolingo lesson teaches some other meanings of aus.


            When do we use einem, einer, einen in sentences? Or in similar statements, meinem, meiner, meinen?


              There is a helpful explanation page at the beginning of the Duolingo lesson on "Dative case" if you click the lightbulb icon.


              How many meanings does aus have?


              When would I use this?


              For example if some asks you, "Where do baby crocodiles come from?"


              DL didn't like " out of an egg"


              why do you need the m?


              The preposition "aus" is always followed by the dative case. "Ei" is neuter, and the dative neuter form of "ein" is "einem".

              Cases overview: http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum.htm

              Dative prepositions: http://german.about.com/library/blcase_dat2.htm


              What's the difference between einen and einem?


              einen = masculine accusative case

              einem = masculine dative case.


              Please- someone help me! I really do not understand this. Can someone explain this concept?


                Which concept? Eggs? Or dative case?


                Diffrence between Ein, Einem, Eine and Einer please....


                  They mean the same thing ("a" or "an"), but the ending has to change (called inflection) because German nouns have gender which works as a kind of 'signal' that causes inflection according to grammar rules.

                  There is a good introduction if you view this lesson in a web browser.


                  Is "aus" always used with dative?


                  Yes. It's one of the prepositions that always go with the dative case.

                  aus bei mit nach seit von zu are the most common prepositions with dative.


                  thank you... i want to ask you if i could invite you as a follower?


                  I don't follow a lot of people.


                  i guess thats a very polite way of saying i shouldnt ask you! no problem....


                  Generally, yes. That is definitely the way that Duo is teaching it.


                  Every time she says "einen" it sounds like "einem", EVERY time! :P


                    In this case, it is einem...


                    I guess they want say that "Dativ always come after (Aus) "


                    why is "from a egg wrong"


                    Because you use "an" before words starting with vowels.


                    Is it possible the endings are not pronounced clearly to see if we can come up with the correct word? I know when I hear it correctly I get it right, but now I'm also getting it even when they don't pronouce it so it can be understood because I know how it is used. Just a thought.


                    Why not "Aus eine Ei"?


                    "Aus" requires Dativ case and Ei is neutrum (das Ei), so it becomes "Aus einem Ei"


                    Is Aus a dative preposition or a two-way preposition.


                    A dative preposition.


                    Der Vogel kommt aus einem Ei!


                    There's is 'ein', eine', 'einen', 'einer', and 'einem'. Is there anywhere where I can find an explanation as to when to use each of these?


                    So in German we consider the ablative case as the dative case, right?

                    I mean, we use "aus" here but also put the rest of the sentence in dative.


                    Dative is not ablativ: Dativ is used with certain prepositions. “Aus” is one of them. It is also used with some phrasal verbs and as an indirect object. Indirect objects are usually people. For example: “The teacher gives the book to the boy. / Der Lehrer gibt dem Jungen das Buch”. "The boy / dem Jungen" would be the indirect object. There are many tutorials in the internet where you can find out which prepositions use the accusative or dativ case. I wish you good luck.


                    why not: "made of an egg"


                      In this context that doesn't sound right.


                      But question for Dativ is - for whom?/ to whom? - not from whom. It would make more sense if this sentence was in Genitive.


                      Those may be good questions for the dative standing on its own.

                      Ich kaufe dir ein Buch. For whom do I buy the book? For you.

                      Ich gebe dir ein Buch. To whom do I give the book? To you.

                      But here the dative stands after a preposition and it's the preposition that determines the case. aus takes the dative case in German, not the genitive.


                      Yes, it is very strange that they use the dative for the origin of something, "normally" (in other languages that have cases) the genitive is used. So, I also "feel" aus like something that needs genitive, can't help it :)


                      "normally" (in other languages that have cases) the genitive is used.

                      Latin would use the ablative, not the genitive :) ex ovo

                      Interestingly, some other uses of the Latin ablative also correspond to the German dative, e.g. use after some prepositions to indicate location rather than destination of motion or use after a word meaning "with".


                      Thanks. Yes, but that also seems "normal" to me:

                      in my language ablative is splitted in instrumental and locative, and the locative's form is similar to dative ;)

                      but... genitive is the one that explains FROM where (not where: in, on...) something comes - it's origine, or belongs or is made from: it's really called "ablative genitive", where "ablative" is an adjective, like the other genitives are possessive and partitive. That means that in some languages ablative evolved into genitive, not into dative, that is used for giving something TO somebody or going TO a place, there's never FROM or OF.


                      So, is it because "it" (whatever it is) is 'from an egg' the egg is dative because the "it" would be accusitive? Ot can this statement be another case in a different situation? Like the sentance "the bird came from an egg" would it be said "der Vogel kommt aus einem Ei"? Or would it be "der Vogel kommt aus ein ei?"


                      The preposition aus always requires the dative case in the noun that follows.

                      So aus einem Ei will always have dative einem, regardless of whether there are other dative, accusative, nominative, or genitive nouns elsewhere in the sentence.


                      Exactly, and to give an other example: Aus einer Tüte (die Tüte) / Aus den Tüten / Aus einem Baumstamm


                      after aus i should always use a dative form ????


                      That's right.

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                        I guess there's an implied "It comes" at the beginning ("Das Hähnchen kommt aus einem Ei") So Dative is also used for coming from something as well as going to something?


                        It depends on the preposition.

                        aus "from out of" requires the dative case, as does zu "to".

                        Note, however, that those prepositions that can take either dative or accusative generally require the accusative when motion towards is intended, e.g. in + dative is "in" while in + accusative is "into"; similarly with auf for "on" (location) versus "onto" (destination of movement).


                        Latin Ab ovo - from the beginning


                        Why not "made from an egg" or "made of an egg"? Wouldn't "aus Stahl" mean "made of steel"?


                        "Aus einem Ei" makes it "from an egg." "Aus Stahl" means "of steel" or "made of steel". "Aus einem Ei" implies direction, meaning that something comes from the inside of an egg, and is not made out of an egg.


                        First phrase in which I used the Dativ case correctly :)


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