"Sie liest die Zeitung."

Translation:She reads the newspaper.

February 23, 2013



why cant we use a word They instead of She???

April 3, 2013


Sie means she and they right? If so im confused to know when is "she" and when is they. Pliz and thank u

April 21, 2014


it depends on the ending of the verb. If it ends with an "-en", sie is they. And if it ends with a "-t", it's "she". Hope it helped :)

May 26, 2014


Thanks :)

January 5, 2016


Thank youuu

July 12, 2014


OMG I needed this

August 31, 2016



January 29, 2018


This was so helpful! Danke!

September 8, 2018


To expand on the other answers, it depends on the structure of the sentence (as mentioned). For instance, say you have "Sie liest eine Zeitung." (She is reading a newspaper.) versus "Sie lesen eine Zeitung." (They are reading a newspaper). In instances where you're wondering whether it's she or they, look to the other words (typically the verb) in the sentence for clues. I understand how this is challenging for you, because it really confused me at first too. I remember I had begun to think I was getting it all figured out and then suddenly the she/they issue confronted me and I suddenly started losing faith in myself. Just be patient with yourself, practice and things like this (and others) will come with time and eventually be second nature.

January 10, 2016

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    I agree. It's frustrating

    March 11, 2018


    Dude, it depends on the verb form. If there is "liest" then SHE but if "lesen" then THEY.

    January 7, 2016


    You can but they want you to lern that sie is used for they that she and her.

    October 22, 2017


    For they (sie) conjunction of verb is different

    November 3, 2017


    Does anyone know the i before e rules for German? I keep losing hearts because I flip the ei or the ie. I barely get I before e right in English (facepalm)

    April 9, 2013


    'Ei' is a diphthong - you pronounce both letters, like in 'hi', 'rye', 'pie' or 'Zeitung'. The 'e' in 'ie' indicates that this 'i' is a long vowel, but it is not pronounced itself. It sounds like 'see' or 'bee'.

    An example: 'sie' (= 'she') is pronounced [ziː] (a bit like the American pronunciation of the letter Z, I think). If you now were to spell it 'sei', it would not only have a different meaning (the imperative of 'sein' = 'to be'), it also would be pronounced [zaɪ̯] (somewhat like the last syllable of 'bonsai').

    April 15, 2013


    Very helpful explanation - thanks.

    May 30, 2013


    Why is it die Zeitung and not den Zeitung? Can we say Sie liest den Zeitung?

    February 23, 2013


    No sorry, "Sie liest den Zeitung." is incorrect. Zeitung is a feminine word and therefore accompanied by "die". You could say: "Sie liest den Zeitungsartikel" - "She reads the newspaper article". However, this would change the actual sense.

    August 19, 2014


    So die is for feminine words, and den is for gender neutral words? Or is it for masculine words?

    February 15, 2015


    Den is for masculine

    November 4, 2015


    The initial question was related to an accusative. In this case, you are not completely right.

    Asking the accusative question, you get:

    Wen oder was lese ich? - Die Zeitung (feminine)

    Wen oder was fahre ich? - Das Auto (neutral)

    Wen oder was fange ich? - Den Ball (masculine)

    February 19, 2015


    Because den is masculine die is feminine

    May 24, 2015


    I don't understand why use the capitalized form "Sie" to indicate she??? As I know the correct form to indicate she is the not capitalized form "sie"........maybe an error of the sentence?

    December 12, 2013


    It is capitalized because it's the first word of the sentence

    December 20, 2013


    Because its the first word in the sentence but now, you need to know how the verb changes to let you know who is doing the action. If it's he, she, it, etc.

    May 20, 2014


    because in German (die) Zeitung is feminine, in accusative case it's also "die"

    February 23, 2013


    Why not "it reads the newspaper"?

    October 13, 2015


    Because sie means she, not it. (it is 'es')

    January 24, 2016


    It should be lese for ich right? Only for du it shld be liest?

    March 2, 2016


    for du and er/sie/es the form remains the same - liest. It's an irregular verb, and this is a rule :) (I'm not sure I'll be able to translate the rule into English right now, sorry :()

    March 2, 2016


    What the different between "die" and "das" ?

    March 22, 2017


    Die is used for feminine nouns/plural nouns, whereas das is used for neuter nouns.

    March 14, 2019


    Why ( reads) ? Why we can't use (read) ?

    September 2, 2017


    That's not proper English, we don't say 'She read the newspaper' we say that she READS it.

    March 14, 2019


    'She is reading a newspaper' should be accepted too surely?

    March 11, 2019


    It would be "She is reading the newspaper" since the sentence uses 'die' instead of 'eine' here. Otherwise, if you use 'the' it would be accepted.

    March 14, 2019


    Why we would have to use [liest] instead of [lest]? I am confused.

    September 21, 2016


    For subjects such as es/er/sie you use liest, you use lest when 'ihr' is the subject.

    March 14, 2019


    ❤❤❤ to find read and reads

    October 26, 2016

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      Why is it die instead of das? if newspaper fem?

      November 7, 2016


      In this context, "sie" capitalized at the beginning of the sentence could be either "she" or "They"

      March 6, 2017


      Not necessarily, you have to pay attention to the verb form to figure out what the subject is. Since the verb is 'liest' it must be 'she', but if it were 'lesen' then it would either be you (formal) or they.

      March 14, 2019



      February 15, 2019


      She is reading newspaper

      Why it is wrong

      May 12, 2019


      The statement is "Sie liest die Zeitung", 'She reads the newspaper'. If it was A newspaper it would be 'Sie liest eine Zeitung', 'eine' because Zeitung is feminine (die/eine Zeitung).

      May 24, 2019


      It's also not good English. It would be 'she's reading 'a' or 'the' newspaper'.

      May 24, 2019
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