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Isst or frisst?

Are those words interchangeable? If not, why are they used differently?

December 19, 2017



This question is answered in the tips and notes for the "Animals 1" unit: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Animals-1

I recommend using the website to learn, not the mobile apps, because the mobile apps don't show you the tips and notes yet (nor even tell you that they exist).

Lots of things are explained in the tips and notes.


My idea is that "isst" means "eating normally". "Frisst" on the other hand is more like "devouring your meal very quickly", something like "eating with a vengeance".


Isst is used for humans, frisst is used for animals.

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