"Ein Kind trinkt Wasser."

Translation:A child is drinking water.

3/16/2013, 4:46:48 AM

38 Comments
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https://www.duolingo.com/InfectousWolf

Instead of "The kid drinks water" it is saying that it is "One kid drinks water". Can someone explain to me why it is "one" instead of the, or is it just a glitch?

11/21/2013, 1:06:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ElisaWild

the kid = das Kind

a kid = ein Kind

12/3/2013, 12:54:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/philly.eva

"ein" means both one and the article a

5/8/2014, 3:48:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/cheekz.joh

If you can count in German you know that Ein means "One" so whenever you see ein,einen, and eine its means one....

5/21/2014, 10:34:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/1031887232

Ein means "a", so ein kind trinkt wasser means a kid "is drinking" or "drinks" water

5/10/2014, 7:47:48 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/khiry.loyd

When translating to English, how do I know when to say "drinks" and when to say "is drinking?"

Is it just preference?

4/21/2014, 2:25:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lagiacrus

There is no proper way really. They have the same meaning.

7/11/2014, 5:27:19 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ezio1234

could tell me the difference between drink and drinking in German

7/25/2014, 2:13:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/josstin

ein Kind trinkt Wasser........why is it trinkt??

7/20/2013, 1:53:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharatan

trinken (infinitive) = to drink

I drink - Ich trinke ....... You drink - Du trinkst ...... He/She/It drinks - Er/Sie/Es trinkt ...... We drink - Wir trinken ...... They drink - Ihr trinkt ...... You all / You (formal) Drink - sie/Sie trinken

10/31/2013, 8:19:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/yummyyendi
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Thanks for that useful tip!

2/6/2014, 1:06:13 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/mesawong

"They drink" is not "sie trinken"?

4/20/2014, 12:42:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/karlchen123

You are right. There is an error in sharatan's comment. it should be:

you all drink - ihr trinkt ...... they / You (formal) Drink - sie/Sie trinken

4/20/2014, 1:47:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Pycasne

My Southern (US) accent made me say Drank instead of Drinks. I will forever regret that loss of 10 exp.

3/26/2014, 10:24:42 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/john.yanko

My mistakes are in English not in German ..

4/14/2014, 7:39:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ugurcan633

I wrote ' A child drinks water', as the site said to me the translation could be 'A child is drinking water' aswell. So how am I supposed to know two of them? The simple tense form is same with the present continious tense form?

2/9/2014, 11:48:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/myra
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In english yes, the two tenses are so similar, that Duolingo accepts them interchangeably in most cases. There are exceptions like "have" and "see" which change their meaning in the present progressive though.

3/5/2014, 12:59:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/corax23

Is the W in Wasser pronounced like a V ?

6/10/2014, 5:48:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lukas_jg

Trinkwasser is wrong ?

9/2/2013, 7:20:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/myra
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"Trinkwasser" is a german noun that means "drinking water" or "drinkable water", but it's not accepted here because that would change the meaning :)

3/5/2014, 1:02:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Shreyashree_

How do I improve my pronunciation? I mean the accent

3/8/2014, 3:28:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Pycasne

By listening to way too much German day time tv hosts.

3/26/2014, 10:23:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/prabhat.ni

Is drinks is correct and drink is uncorrect there

4/5/2014, 8:17:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelinaC2014

Is it correct if I translate Ein Kind trinkt Wasser into a child drinks water?

4/29/2014, 3:44:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Haggra
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How can i say " He drinks water" instead of " He is drinking water"? Does " Er trinkt wasser" mean both?

3/12/2014, 8:44:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/karlchen123

Yes it means both. German has no progressive/continuous tense.

3/17/2014, 10:15:31 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarioCueto6

A boy = a Kid ?

4/21/2014, 7:14:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarianneFo2

A boy = Ein Junge A kid/child = Ein Kind

4/22/2014, 5:37:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AdrianaRib365026

How can I listen to my voice after saying the words in German?

5/5/2014, 1:33:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lweaver94

How am I supposed to know the difference between "one child" and "a child"?

6/2/2014, 8:43:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lagiacrus

Is there a difference?

7/11/2014, 5:25:47 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LiFicreator45

German looks hard I just cannot sound the words right and what are the tips of doing that?

6/19/2014, 12:27:52 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/SumeetKale

How to differentiate between "A child drinks water" and "A child is drinking water"? The meaning can be different for both.

7/8/2014, 1:03:45 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lagiacrus

You don't need to. They have the same meaning in German.

7/11/2014, 5:26:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/SumeetKale

Thanks! But, I still think the meaning can be different, no? "A child drinks water" this can be said as a general statement, as in, a child normally drinks water. Whereas, "A child is drinking water" can be to state that the child in front of us is drinking water. Maybe this is a language quirk, and I'll just get on with it!

7/11/2014, 9:04:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/rp283368

help i do not get this how do you know if it is she drinks, he drinks, you drink or i drink?????????

3/12/2014, 8:06:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/njm2002

Sie=She Er=He Du=You Ich=I

3/25/2014, 11:37:05 PM
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