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Help with "Trinkt" context

So Er Trinkt for example Means (He Drinks) & (He is Drinking) I don't understand there is no context on past or present tense.

Also "Sie Trinken" Means (They are drinking) How do they know it means they and not she.

If anyone can clear this up I'll be grateful, can't understand it :/.

July 21, 2017



You know the "Sie trinken", by the conjugation of "trink", if the sentence says: Sie trinkt, then it means She drinks, but, if it says Sie trinken, it means they drink.


Oh wow, I was so confused and so happy I found this forum I wish I asked earlier I thought it would click and I'd get it but it wasn't. Really appreciate thanks :)


You are welcome, and if you have any other doubt, I'll answer you


It's important to note that "Sie trinken" also means "you drink."


Er trinkt -> he drinks, he is drinking. German just has Präsens, so the english simple present and present progressive become the german Präsens (theres no "Präsens progressive" in german).

Sie trinken. Sie trinkt. 3.P, Sg. has a different inflection.


I'm sorry I'm still confused so how would you know if the statement is talking about what he currently is drinking or what he drinks. I'm not good with big words sorry


You can find all sorts of grammar in the "Tips and notes" of the web version of Duolingo (www.duolingo.com) in the Desktop mode of the browser on your phone of tablet.
Just click on the skill and scroll to the bottom of the Lessons page.

"trinken - to drink; continuous aspect" and "she, you (formal) and they" are in the "Tips and notes" of skill Basics 1



I googled Präsens that you spoke of and this site explained perfectly (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/Grammatik/PresentTense/Present.html)

So for anyone else who needs this information to progress :)

Now both questions I had are answered, thanks guys.


There is no present progressive in German. If there are no context clues, Duolingo will accept either answer.

As for the "Sie" issue, the best way to differentiate is through the verb conjugation. Remember, "Sie" can refer to she, they, or you (formal). The verb conjugation for she is different than for they and you (formal). Since the verb conjugation is the same for they and formal you, you either need to look for context clues or you need to pay attention to capitalization. "Sie" is always capitalized when referring to the formal you. However, when referring to they, "sie" is only capitalized if it is the first word in a sentence.

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