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"Das ist ein Apfel."

Translation:That is an apple.

April 16, 2014



Why "It is an apple" is not right too?

July 17, 2014


if i'm not mistaken, it = es, and here we have das = that.

August 1, 2014


because (it=es)

December 30, 2015


Why isn't this "einen Apfel" as in previous lessons?

April 16, 2014


Because the object (here "apple") and its article will change depending on the grammatical case. Search in the forum for "German cases" to learn about the nominative, genitive, dative and accusative case and how an object's position in a sentence will impact it. E.g. "das ist ein Apfel" uses "ein Apfel" as an nominative object whereas "Ich esse einen Apfel" uses the pronoun "ich" as the nominative object/the agent and "einen Apfel" as the nominative object"/the acted upon object.

April 16, 2014


Can you give me the link @Julika, I dont know how to search in the forum :(

February 1, 2017


Is there any difference between "that" and "this" in Deutsch?

June 24, 2019


You mean that " ich" act as the nominative and "einen Apfel" uses the accusative? Because "ein" in acusative for masculine is "einen"

July 2, 2018


There is no object in this sentence. It has the structure "A = B". B is either a noun or an adjective.

April 16, 2014


That's right, Apfel is not an object here. Apfel and das refer to the same entity, that's why both are in nominative!

April 16, 2014


Thanks. Got it.

October 22, 2019


Because in this case, the apple is not the subject, if the apple was the subject it would be 'ein' and if it isnt it is just 'einen'

July 24, 2019


Um, no. It can't be einen because it's not a direct object. ein Apfel in this sentence is actually a "subject complement".

July 24, 2019


Why isn't this "Der ist..." since we're referring to a masculine word?

March 31, 2016


Das is the subject, so it translates to THIS regardless of gender. When it is describing THE apple it would be Der, but when it is describing AN apple, it's das ist eine Apfel.

July 2, 2018


Why isn't "this is an apple" correct?

October 21, 2015


ugh I wrote that is a apple

February 24, 2016


I got this wrong, not a problem. What it does not do is give me ANY indication of why I got it wrong.

October 19, 2019


why is it not einen apfel

July 24, 2014


the object of verbs "sein" and "werden" is in the nominative.

October 16, 2015


Because the apple is the subject, and not a direct object.

June 3, 2018


This is what is called a predicate noun. In other words, the subject refers to the object. In this case, the subject is 'Es' or 'it' and it refers to 'Apfel' or apple. You can replace 'Es' with the object -- in this case 'Apfel'. If you do that, you'll come up with the true statement: The apple is the apple (Der Apfel ist der Apfel) or An apple is an apple (Ein Apfel ist ein Apfel).

In German, predicate nouns are in the nominative case. Predicate nouns follow a form of the 'to be' (sein) verb.

August 31, 2019


Can you also use "Das" to say something like "Das Wasser" meaning "that water"?

March 24, 2016


Yes, I think "Das Wasser" can mean "The water" or "That water."

April 26, 2019


I got it right but I doo not understand.

March 8, 2018


Why is Apfel capitalised

December 8, 2018


It's a noun. All nouns are capitalized in German.

December 8, 2018


That is an apple

March 7, 2019


You put "am" and "an" in the possible answers, that's serious mischief

March 31, 2019


No option present to select correct answer

August 13, 2019


Why is German so hard!?

October 15, 2019


Ein is supposed to be 'a' why now use as 'an' which originally supposed to be "eine = an?.. i need clarity

November 5, 2019


'An' is the same as 'a' but is used before a word that begins with a vowel.

A car, a truck, a building.

An apple, an ice cream, an instrument, an ocelot, an elementary school, etc.

It is simply because saying a apple, a orange is more difficult to pronouce clearly. So the 'n' is added.

So, ein, eine, eines, einen, einem etc., can be translated as either 'a' or 'an' depending upon the first letter in the next word (noun or adjective). Thus: a man, but an old man; an old woman, but a woman.

Ich sehe einen Apfel. --> I see an apple.

Ich sehe ein Auto. --> I see a car.

Ich sehe einen Elefant --> I see an Elephant

Geben Sie einem Elefant einen Apfel und eine Erdbeere. --> Give an Elephant an apple and a strawberry.

November 5, 2019


How to pronounce ist and isst.. sounds samilar

June 4, 2018


"Das ist ein Apfel"="This is an apple" and not that ... for "that is an apple" the correct answer is "dass ist ein Apfel" with 2s ...

August 19, 2014


You are wrong there. "dass" may be translated as "that" but it is a conjunction. http://www.dict.cc/?s=dass "das" and "dies" are demonstrative pronouns as are "this" and "that".

August 20, 2014


Dass apfel = that appel, das apfel = the apple, diese apfel = this apple ... so ... i still don't think the exercise is right ... i will ask some german colegues anyway ... 10q 4 the reply :)

August 20, 2014


"dass Apfel" is definitely wrong since "dass" is not an article. "Apfel" is masculine -> "der Apfel", "dieser Apfel" ...

August 21, 2014



June 3, 2018


No, that's not right. Dass/daß is a subordinating conjunction. Er denkt, daß mein Auto kaputt ist. It is a different word from das in das Buch oder Das ist mein Freund.

June 3, 2018
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