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"Sie lesen eine Zeitung."

Translation:They read a newspaper.

March 12, 2018



SIe means She or it means They. So it is determined by the verb To Read so if the verb is “lesen” then it is a THEY but if it is liest it is a SHE I believe?


That's true so far.
"Sie", however (with uppercase "S") can also mean (formal) "you", and it uses the same conjugation as "they", so:

  • Sie liest eine Zeitung. = She reads a newspaper. (liest = 3rd person singular conjugation
  • Sie lesen eine Zeitung. = They read a newspaper. or You read a newspaper. (3rd person plural conjugation)


I'm confused as to the difference between 'they are reading a book' and 'they read a book'


So does that mean multiple people are reading the same newspaper?


Do you only use "einen" when it's a masculine accusative (ein)? Almost like how if it's accusative "der" you replace it with "den"?


Do you only use "einen" when it's a masculine accusative (ein)?

That's right.

Almost like how if it's accusative "der" you replace it with "den"?

Exactly like that.


She is reading a newspaper. Can someone explain why not the above answer is incorrect, please?


It is incorrect, as the German sentence uses 3rd person plural conjugation (Sie lesen). 3rd person singular ("she") would be "Sie liest".


so like whats the gender of newspaper


Why "They are reading a newspaper paper" is wrong here?


I'd say because of the 2nd "paper".


How do you know if the verb translates to 'is doing' or just 'doing'?

E.g. She is reading. She reads.


In general, you can't -- and so both translations will be accepted.

If there is a time indicator, that may narrow down the appropriate tense in English:

  • Sie liest gerade ein Buch. "She is reading a book right now."
  • Sie liest jeden Abend ein Buch. "She reads a book every evening."

Since English uses the present simple for habitual or repeated actions, and the present continuous for actions that are taking place at the present moment.

But without context, a sentence such as Sie liest ein Buch. could be either "She is reading a book." or "She reads a book.", and there's basically no way to tell whether one or the other translation would be better. (It could be the answer to "What is she doing right now?" or to "What does she do every evening?", for example.)


مش فاهم يعني لو حد عايز أعرف كل سنة وانتى من غير أي حاجة مش عايز حاجة في أي حاجه بس هو


So annoying. The app turns off my microphone. Happened to anyone else?


yje voicw vlerly says "wir"


Whats the difference between saying "liest" and "lessen"


Whats the difference between saying "liest" and "lessen"

lessen is not a German word.

The verb lesen (to read) is conjugated like this:

  • ich lese (I read)
  • du liest (you [one person] read)
  • er/sie/es liest (he/she/it reads)
  • wir lesen (we read)
  • ihr lest (you [several people] read)
  • sie lesen (they read) / Sie lesen (you [formal] read)

You have to use the verb form that matches the subject.

Here, the sentence is talking about several people, so you need sie lesen (they read).


why lesen not liest

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