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"Wir schreiben mit Stiften."

Translation:We write with pens.

March 8, 2013



Is there a significant difference between Kugelschreiber and Stift?


Kugelschreiber/Kuli is supposed to be a ballpoint pen, and Stift is suppsed to be closely related to Bleistift or pencil, I believe...not too significant. Stift is derived from Schreibstift, but other than that, there's not a lot of specifics on it.


Stift is more general -- pretty much anything you can write with. (Pencil, ball-point pen, fountain pen -- you could probably even use it for a crayon or a Sharpie.)

Kugelschreiber is specifically a ball-point pen.


I translated "Wir schreiben mit Stiften" as "We're writing with writing utensils" and it was rejected. I guess I shouldn't have expected it to be on the list of acceptable answers. Does it sound reasonable enough, though?


Why not "Wir schreiben mit Stifte"?! Is "Stift" a weak noun?!


In the dative case if the plural does not end in s or n then 'n' is added to the end. It's dative because of the 'mit'.

See https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar/nouns-and-articles/declension/dative


stife vs stifen?


Anyone know where there is no personal pronoun here? Zb 'Wir schreiben mit DEN stiften'?


Because the sentence is not about any particular set of pens, but rather writing with pens in general as opposed to, say, pieces of charcoal. Also, the word you've added isn't a personal pronoun, but an article.


Die Stiften von Pauline?

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