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"No, the inhabitant is not a citizen."

Translation:Nein, der Einwohner ist kein Bürger.

February 21, 2013



I don't get why "Nein, der Einwohner ist nicht ein Burger" is wrong


"nicht ein" is not strictly speaking wrong, but not used in everyday language. It is better to learn a language he way it is used, thus "kein"


As far as I understand, people don't say "nicht ein". You might as well say "I am no a citizen" in English. It's just wrong. "nicht ein" becomes "kein".


Right. "nicht ein" is flat out wrong.


nicht ein --> kein is really helpful, thanks


What's the difference between 'Einwohner' and 'Bewohner'? My dictionary doesn't distuingish them.



If I understood this link correctly, "Einwohner" is the person who lives in a specific country, city, state etc. "Bewohner" is the person who lives in a specific house, building etc. So one can be an Hamburf "Einwohner" or a "Bewohner" of that red house.


My question is whether keine Burger could be the feminine version or just never used?


If you really wanted to emphasize that the person in question was female you could say: "Nein, Die Einwohnerin ist keine Bürgerin" adding the "-in" feminine suffix to both nouns. It's used mostly in masculine people nouns ending in -er.


I said "Nein, die Einwohner nicht Bürger" however it said that it heard "Nein, der Einwohner ist kein Bürger." Was what I said wrong? Is my pronunciation really that bad?


"Nein, die Entwohner nicht Bürger" would be "No, the inhabitant not citizen". Changing that to "ist kein" changes it to "is not a", making it make sense.


Warum kann ich nich benutzen: keiner?


nominative, mixed inflection, masculine, singular ---> kein


Ok, I keep messing this up. Why can't I say, "Nein, der Einwohner ist keinen Bürger? Am I wrong that "der" changes to "keinen" in the dative form? Thanks! :)


Sein (bin,bist,ist,sind,seid) do not make the predicate accusative or dative. The noun stays nominative on both side.

Also, der becomes dem in the dative form, so if it had been dative you would use keinem, not keinen.

The accusative form is where der becomes den and you would use keinen.


Why in my apple dictionary appears as "Bürger {m}?


Because "Bürger" is masc noun, Bürgerin is feminine.


so, why is this not accusative?


When you use the verb sein (to be), you are essentially equating the predicate noun to the subject so they are both nominative. That's why people say "this is she" instead of "this is her" when someone calls on the phone asking for them. (Not everyone does do it, but it is technically right.)

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