"My wife does not eat cheese."

Translation:Meine Frau isst keinen Käse.

March 14, 2013



How do we know the difference between kein keine keinen and keiner

June 21, 2016


I believe it depends on the object's gender and declination. "Keiner" means no one/nobody "Keiner mag Rap" (no one likes rap) "Ich esse den Käse" (accusative from der Käse=den Kase) "Ich esse keinen Käse" (you add the accusative ending)

"Du trinkst die Milch" (accusative from die Milch=die Milch) "Du trinkst keine Milch" (you add the accusative ending)

"Keine Löwe isst Obst" (no lion eats fruit, die Löwe)

"Kein Wasser für mich, bitte" (no water for me, please. das Wasser"

July 12, 2017


someone please answer question above^

March 27, 2017


Kein (like ein) has it's own rules for declension. See: https://blogs.transparent.com/german/i-have-no-negations-with-keinkeinekeinenetc/ for instance.

June 14, 2019


Why not "Meine Frau isst Käse nicht."?

March 14, 2013


I think I got it. Some ground rules of how to deal with "kein" and "nicht".

Kein/e/er/en always go directly before noun(or adjective+noun), other than either of these two situations, use nicht.

Eg. Keine+noun Ich habe keine Bücher. I don't have books.

Keine+ad.+noun Ich habe keine guten Bücher. I don't have good books.

Nicht+ad. (NOT followed by a noun) Das ist nicht gut. That is not good.

Kein+noun Das ist kein Mann. That is not a man.

Nicht+definite article+noun Das ist nicht der Mann. That is not the man.

Nicht+pronoun+noun Das ist nicht mein Buch. That is not mine book.

Nicht+adv. Sie ist nicht aus Indien.

Or as in our given case, Meine Frau isst kein/nicht Käse. Although they seem like interchangeble, in fact they are not. Here kein is negating the noun Käse, whereras nicht-the verb isst. Both are correct and have equal meaning, that being said.

Nicht should be placed after the verb and directly before the part you are negating, and which if it is the entire sentence, just throw it at the end.

These are what I concluded from Duo's examples and instructions from the other sites. Try my best to explain it clearly, hope it'll help. Clarification is welcomed. :)

April 25, 2018


Hallo dore,

Your explanation is quite right.

Kein/e/er/en is used with a noun or noun +adjective

While nicht is used with verbs and adjectives

May 6, 2019


Dore.m Genius!!!!!! danke!

February 27, 2019


That's what I put in and it was accepted. I think they've taken your feedback and added it. :)

August 24, 2013


What is the Difference between Meine Frau isst Keinen Kase and Meine frau isst Kase nicht? is the first one " my wife doest eat any cheese, and the second one my wife is not eating cheese" ?

June 30, 2015


Technically yes, "kein" is used to deny the object, while "nicht" denies the action.

"Sie singt nicht" (she does not sing)

"Sie singt keine Countrymusik" (she sings no country music [literally]) this means, she sings, but not country music

I believe in "My wife does not eat cheese" it is "more correct" to use Keinen

July 12, 2017


What is "Ehefrau"

January 6, 2015


That is another way to say wife.

July 5, 2016


while speaking, how do you tell the difference between "my wife doesn't eat cheese" and "my wife isn't cheese" .. just context? obviously with this noun it would be particularly rare. but maybe you're talking about how much you love cheese and then a friend says "if only you loved your wife that much" and you respond with- well "meine Frau isst Käse nicht" or "meine Frau isst keinen Käse" .. how would you know which was said?

January 13, 2016

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    Are you asking how to differentiate between "ist" and "isst" when speaking? I guess you could use context, but there are situations, like the one you described, where that wouldn't work. Honestly, I don't think there's any good way to tell the difference. If anyone knows, please let me know.

    Anyway, in your described situation, either phrase /could/ work.

    March 6, 2017


    y isn't it "Meine Frau isst keine Kase"

    August 13, 2013


    Because cheese is masculine in German

    September 24, 2013


    And also because it's accusative, so it would be keinen.

    January 3, 2014


    Ahh, Danke! Ich lernst nichts, ich kann nichts denken. Und ich weiß das nie.

    October 29, 2015


    So, would "My wife does not eat Strawberries." be "Meine Frau isst keine Erdbeere."?

    April 26, 2016


    "Meine Frau isst keine Erdbeeren." - plural

    August 24, 2017


    Why is it keinen kase and not kein Kase? (Because it's a dative case?)

    November 15, 2013


    Because its akkusativ case and masculine when der/kein => den/keinen

    December 2, 2013


    Eating is usually an accusative verb.

    January 3, 2014


    Now how can you tell which to use when- keine, kein, keiner, keiner, or nicht, nichts, nein?

    May 4, 2017


    How to use keinen , kein and keine

    September 8, 2018


    It depends on the "gender" of the word: if it is masculine [der] and it is the direct object of the sentence (I do not have A dog), then use (Ich habe keinen Hund), just as you would used "ein" when saying (I have a dog == Ich habe einen Hund). "Käse" is "der Käse".

    "keine" is the equivalent for femenine or plural accusative words. "kein" is for neuter accusative words.

    *Note that for different declinations, this will change (e.g. "kein" is used for masculine Nominative when saying "Kein Hund mag Katzen" == "No dog likes cats")

    September 8, 2018


    Why keinen was used here? Please help.

    November 4, 2018


    Why keinen and not keine?

    November 14, 2018


    I wrote "meine Frau isst den Kaese nicht". Is it also possible? Or den "Kaese" means a specific type of cheese and not cheese in general? Thanks for the help ps: sorry for the Umlaut but I do not have a german keybord

    March 20, 2014


    Den Kaese is used more like, "My wife loves ham sandwiches, but she doesn't eat the cheese" (weird I know lol). In the Duo example, it's saying the wife doesn't eat any kind of cheese.

    March 20, 2014


    Why can't I say "meinen Weib" instead of "meinen Frau"?

    December 17, 2015


    1) Weib is neuter, so it would have to be "mein Weib"

    2) Weib is old-fashioned and has other implications nowadays. For instance, dict.cc's first translation is "broad" and all of the translations with adjectives are things like "crone," "shrew," "spiteful woman," etc. Stick with "Frau."

    March 15, 2016


    How can you tell the different times to use either isst or esse?

    August 3, 2016


    By the subject that is doing the eating:

    1st/sing: ich esse 2nd/sing: du isst 3rd/sing: er/sie/es isst 1st/plu: wir essen 2nd/plu: ihr esst 3rd/plu: sie/Sie essen

    This is all in the present indicative; it changes in other tenses and cases.

    December 2, 2016


    When i write mein and when meine

    May 31, 2017


    Mein is for masculine and Meine is for feminine

    June 7, 2017


    Why not "meine frau nicht isst kase"?

    June 9, 2017


    When would you use the word "nicht" or "nichts"?

    April 21, 2018


    singular or plural i believe

    May 23, 2018


    I think its keine käse... not keinen käse.

    July 25, 2015
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