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Use of "Ein" in the following sentence (not asking about a basic Duolingo sentence)

I recently changed my Skype language to German, among many other platforms, to expose myself to more German reading. The following sentence has been bugging me so I was wondering if someone could help me out?

When your friend is typing a message the following shows:

[user] gibt eine Nachricht ein.

I know that means "[user] enter a message"

I am sure taking away "ein" at the end of the sentence changes the meaning, but I'm unsure of it's meaning. German sentence structure still confuses me a little bit, especially with words that can be more than one part of language, like ein.

May 5, 2017



In German we sometimes split the verbs. This one is "eingeben". I have to enter my password - ich muß mein Passwort eingeben. To say "he is entering his passwort" like he does it right now you say "er gibt (gerade) sein Passwort ein"

When we have a verb with a prefix (Vorsilbe) we have to separate the prefix in come cases. Usually the prefix of the separable verb (ab-, an-, auf-, aus-, bei-, ein-, los-, mit-, nach-, her-, hin-, vor-, weg-, zu-, zurück-). But watch it: Not all verbs are separable.

I found this on the net, see page 68: www.mercaba.org/SANLUIS/IDIOMAS/Alemán/Intermediate%20german.pdf


I think, this is one of the things in the German language, what drives foreigners crazy. Please read Mark Twains "The awful German language" (Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache). He loved and learned German, but some grammar specialities of the German language has driven him crazy, so that he wrote this little, funny essay. It´s worth to read also for Germans :-) You can surely find the whole text in the internet.

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