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kein ending confused

Why is Ich habe kein Handtuch' notIch habe keines Handtuch' when this statement is accusative?

June 11, 2017

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Because the Akkusativ neuter is "ein, kein"

"eines, keines" would be Genitiv

Assuming you are talking about the article.

If you are talking about the pronoun, it can be "keines", but a pronoun replaces a noun, instead of going next to it. So the sentence could be:

Hast du ein Handtuch?

Ich habe keines/keins.

June 11, 2017

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Thank you. Vielen Dank.

June 13, 2017

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So it is also to do with Hantuch being a noun whereas `Ich habe keinen Hunger' is not Ich habe kein Hunger because Hunger is an adjective.

June 14, 2017

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*Handtuch

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

no, Hunger is a noun too. It is "Ich habe keinen Hunger" because Hunger is masculine.

Here are the indeterminate Akkusativ articles:

m: einen, keinen (Hunger)

f: eine, keine

n: ein, kein (Handtuch)

June 14, 2017
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