"We do not have a dog."
Translation:Wir haben keinen Hund.
This is in the accusative tense. Hund is preceded by der/ein normally, meaning in the accusative it's preceded by den/einen, and therefore keinen
All these mean ONE in different genders: masc. neut. fem.
(for the NEGATIVE just add a K at the begining) Here are all the cases....<pre>
DER DAS DIE</pre>
Nominativ ein ein eine
Akkusativ einen ein eine
Dativ einem einem einer
Genitiv eines eines einer
They do not have plurals!!!!! This is all what you need to know!
perhaps this little rule can help:
The negation of a nomen with a definite article (der, die, das) is "nicht"
The negation of a nomen with a indefinite article (ein, eine) is "kein, (keiner, keine")
Habt ihr einen Hund? Nein, wir haben keinen Hund.
I hope that helps
best regards Angel
'Keine' and 'keinen' are the negative of 'eine' and 'einen'. Read the following article on 'Ein/Eine/Einen', and hopefully it will explain.
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/871465/Ein-Eine-Ein For a negative statement, simply change 'ein' to 'kein', 'eine' to 'keine' and 'einen' to 'keinen'. Hope it helps!
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Where is the masculine accusative or the dative plural on this sentence, so we have to use keinen? I don't seem to get it.
Hi Joao, "Hund" is the object. The accusative you ask with "Wen habt ihr?" "einen Hund".
"Hund" has an indefinite article and for that you use "keinen".
Is it wrong to say, "wir haben nicht einen Hund"? I realize it's not preferable, but why is it wrong?
Funny this sentences theoretically exists in German but it's rarely used in spoken German and not at all in written form - so better don't use it. The connotation is completely different and bit sarcastic "Wir haben nicht einen Hund" is overtly emphasizing the fact that you do not have a dog (i do not own a dog, not even one).
I'm just curious why there's a 'keinen Hund' here when a few sentences before which was 'That is not a star' translates to Das ist kein Stern'.
Star is also masculine (der Stern) so why isn't there a keinen in that sentence?
The declination of "kein, keine, keinen" does not only depend on the gender of the object but also refers to the case. In your example the case of the objects are different. It is "Wir haben KEINEN Hund" because the verb "haben" requires an object in the accusative case and "Das ist KEIN Stern" because "ist" (inf. sein) requires the nominative case.