"Ich bin sein Enkel."

Translation:I am his grandson.

June 2, 2017

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lol Sounds like uncle


Sounds like ankel to me lol


That's gonna confuse the hell outta me later... XD


How do you differentiate between enkel = grandchild(ren) vs enkel = grandson?


You know it by it's article.

Der Enkel = The grandson

Die Enkel = The grandchildren

Mein/dein/ihr/sein Enkel = My/your/her/his grandson

MeinE/deinE/ihrE/seinE = my/your/her/his grandchildren.

If There's no article then you must use context


Learning this too but I usually use the context of the rest of the sentence.


Somehow my brain decided that German sein = Swedish sin. And somehow also thought that sin could be used for the first person singular. So there I was wondering why the sentence was I am my own grandson.


Sorry, this is way out of a learning German context but: Try looking up a song by Ray Stevens- "I'm my Own Grandpa" Then your sentence will have a new level of confusion.


Why is "I am your grandchild" correct in this case but it it not correct in the case of "Ich bin sein Enkelin"? I mean, "child" means "son" and "daughter"...


I'm not sure what you mean -- "I am your grandchild" is not a correct translation of Ich bin sein Enkel.

It means "I am his grandchild" or "I am his grandson", not "your".

Also, Enkelin is specifically a granddaughter, while Enkel can be either a specifically male grandchild (a grandson) or a grandchild in general, sex unspecified -- especially in the plural.

Enkelsohn and Enkeltochter are a specifically-gendered pair of words.


Are Enkelin and Enkeltochter the same? If so, when would you use either?


Are Enkelin and Enkeltochter the same?


If so, when would you use either?

Personal preference.


Im confused about the difference between ihre and sein, i can't tell when one is appropriate to mean "his/her uncle" like could this sentence still work if it was "ich bin ihre Enkel"


The difference between sein, seine and ihr, ihre is basically like "his" and "her" in English.

sein Onkel is "his uncle", ihr Onkel is "her uncle. seine Tante is "his aunt", ihre Tante is "her aunt".

So the base word (sein-, ihr-) "his, her" depends on the gender of the owner; the ending depends on the gender of the "possession" (-e for a feminine or plural noun, no ending for a masculine or neuter noun).

Ich bin ihr Enkel would be "I am her grandson".

And Ich bin ihre Enkel would be "I am her grandsons" or possibly "I am her grandchildren" -- since Enkel is grammatically masculine, the -e ending on ihre must indicate that the noun Enkel is plural here. (The word has the same shape in the plural as in the singular.)


Enkel = Grandson/Grandchild Enkelin = Granddaughter Enkelsohn = Grandson I hope it helps.


"Enkel" reaaaaally sounds like "Enkeln" in a lot of questions from this section.


This is so weird for me, because 'enkel' means 'ankle' in Dutch


then don't ask how the Dutch word for "vermieten" sounds in German ;-)


One I like is Ik heb een boek gekocht. Yummy!


Why not seine Enkel


Because that would mean "his grandsons" or "his grandchildren" rather than just one grandson.


why is enkelin granddaughter instead of enkeltochter


Both Enkelin and Enkeltochter are used for "granddaughter".

They both have to be capitalised, though -- they're nouns.


Perhaps is there any difference in pronunciation between plural Enkel and singular Enkel? the woman TTS and man TTS speak it in very different way, so I'm confused.


No. They are (supposed to be) pronounced completely identically.


It does not sound anything like the translation, this needs to be evaluated and corrected


Ich bin sein enkel. How do I know who the enkel is referring to Großmutter or Großvater. To deduct which of the two possessive adjectives I need to use.


Ich bin sein enkel. How do I know who the enkel is referring to Großmutter or Großvater.

sein is the possessive determiner related to er or es.

So it can only refer to the masculine Großvater, not to the feminine Großmutter.

sein Enkel = his grandchild/grandson

"her grandchild/grandson" would be ihr Enkel.


I wrote : "I´m his grandchildren."

Correct solution: I am his grandson.


I wrote : "I´m his grandchildren."

But why? One person cannot be many grandchildren.

Also, the German sein indicates that the following noun is singular.


Could anyone explain why it's just "sein" and not "seinen" please?


Could anyone explain why it's just "sein" and not "seinen" please?

You need the nominative case on both sides of the verb sein "to be" -- thus Ich (nominative) bin sein Enkel (nominative).

seinen would be masculine accusative -- wrong case.

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