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Verb Conjugation and Noun Declination.

I am working on Verb Conjugation (in duolingo and my book) and i think in some ways i have it down, but in others i seem to be lost. hoping you can help out.

So if i were to say I am drinking water in German:

Ich Trinke Wasser

Ihr Trinkt Wasser

In both cases i am trying to say that you or I are drinking water, but does the verb conjugation change the way the noun works?

Since I am changing the Trinke to Trinkt or Trinkst do I also have to change the way the noun "wasser" ends? would I ever change the way the noun ends? because of the way the Verb is conjugated?

I cant seem to figure out how the noun is supposed to end, and it gets worse for me from their when you add "Du" and "Ihr" into the same sentence.

Sorry if this is an unclear question.


March 20, 2018


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You do not change Wasser.


Hi Robert, you do not change the nouns due to the person who does something. Only the verbs get different endings.

trinken - is the infinitive , with "trink" as the root word

Ich trinke, du trinkst, er/sie/es trinkt

wir trinken, ihr trinkt, sie trinken

Nouns only change from singular to plural usage and then again depending on the case (nominative, genetive, dative, accusative)

I hope that helped ;-)


Ok thanks. So it would seem that the I had the verb conjugations right, but kept getting tripped up by the case types. Nouns are inflected but not simply because the Verb was conjugated - 2 separate things.

If I wanted to say I have 2 cars

Ich habe zwei Auto or Ich habe zwei Autos?

If I wanted to say I have/she has 3 kids: or 1 Kid:

Ich habe drei kinder? Sie hat drei Kinder? Ich habe ein Kind?



Well if you say you have one kid you say: Ich habe ein Kind.

If you want to say you have two kids you say: Ich habe zwei Kinder

You use the plural form of the noun when there are more than one people or things..

And for the other changes you have to care for the cases. After "haben" follows the accusative.


...just a quick point, you should't capitalise verbs :)

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