https://www.duolingo.com/abdulazizb151870

kein or nicht ?

hello guys

i wanna ask about the diffrent between kein and nicht

when should i use kein and when should i use nicht

thanks a lot

January 6, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/alsoich

"kein" is used to say that something isn't there:

"Ich sehe kein Känguru." (I see no kanguru), "Ich habe kein Geschenk." (I have no gift) "Es gibt hier keine Tiere" (There are no animals here)

"nicht" ist used to make a Verb negativ:

"Ich sehe das Känguru nicht." (I don't see the kanguru), "I habe das Geschenk nicht." (I don't have the gift) "Ich kann es nicht" (I can't do it)

Do you get it now? :)

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

Correct :) Except for the first example sentence for "nicht". It should be "Ich sehe das Känguru nicht."

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/alsoich

You're right, thanks for pointing it out :)

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gmbka

"Da ist ein Kaenguru! Ich sehe kein Kaenguru." This is also correct, meaning that it is not there. Ich sehe das Kaenguru nicht means it may be there but I cannot see it.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/manel_jakim

But I can use like this? "Ich habe keinen Känguru." "I don't have a Kanguru."

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/abdulazizb151870

thanks man very helpful

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dominik_F

There is one thing ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ to my mind, when I read your answer: The song "Hearts Of Iron" by swedish Metalband 'Sabaton'.

Wrong lyrics: "Nicht ein Schlacht, ein Rettungsaktion!" Correct: "Keine Schlacht, eine Rettungsaktion".

And yes, the wrong lyrics are on the selling record ;-) :-D

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

https://www.thoughtco.com/german-negation-in-grammar-1444455

I often use them like kein = nicht ein (Works most of the time, but not the whole truth)

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/casika1
January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Elisabeth3789

In a nutshell: kein means "not a" before a noun, with or without preceding adjectives.

Das ist kein Fisch.
Das ist kein blauer Fisch.

nicht is used to modify a verb, i.e., when you point out that you do not do something or cannot do something.

Ich schwimme nicht. Ich kann nicht schwimmen.

January 10, 2018
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