"Is he reading?"

Translation:Liest er?

March 24, 2018



Why is it Liest er instead of Er Liest? Asking because in english "Reading" is the second part of the phrase

April 27, 2018


It is a way to ask a question. It is the same thing in English using the progressive and emphatic tenses. DO I read? ... I DO read. ... Am-I reading? ... I AM reading.

April 27, 2018


In English all of those would be acceptable answers. You could have "I do read?" as well as "do I read?" - although you might use it in fewer circumstances it'd still be correct.

Is the same not the case for German? Is there no case in which "Er liest?" would work?

July 10, 2018


Is there a native

December 11, 2018


Oops. Is there a native speaker who can say if 'Er liest?' is possible? In English we can say 'he's reading?' and it's perfectly fine - does this translate to German?

December 11, 2018


You can say it in some cases. Like when you’re suprised someone’s actually reading. Like „you’re telling me he reads?“ would be „du sagst mir dass er liest?“ But usually ist would be liest er

December 23, 2018


I do not get this... and really do not understand the explanation above

May 4, 2018


In a German question, the subjects come first. For example if you asked if a man came from Germany, youd say "Kommst der Mann aus Deutschland?" In this sentence, "Kommst and der Mann are both the subjects, and go first in the beginning.

May 14, 2018


You made a small fault actually. It’s „kommt der Mann aus Deutschland?“ not kommst. Believe; I’m german and the only reason I’m here is boredom and probs helping ppl

December 23, 2018


But when it comes to "Hast du ein Buch?" the verb came first??

May 26, 2018


It is the verb that comes first, I believe the commenter above mistakenly typed "subject".

May 28, 2018


Yes I meant verb. Sorry still new to this also and thought I knew it enough to help

May 28, 2018


You're still a good lad for helping but that would complicate things for others. I'm just saying.

May 26, 2019


The words are reversed in questions.

May 6, 2018


"Liest" is not even in the dictionary hints!!

May 23, 2018


Yeah that caught me out as well, from the hints I thought it was "Macht er lese".

June 5, 2018


Is it a mistake ?

June 8, 2018


can you also say ist er liest? or do you not use ist and why?

August 15, 2018


I believe that the verb lesen in german already means 'to be reading' or 'to read'. So 'er liest' means 'he reads' and 'he is reading'. Adding 'ist' would make it 'is he is reading'. Someone with much better grasp of languages will be able to explain with all the applicable grammatical terminology about tenses.

September 7, 2018


So I‘m a native and I’ve come to inform you! There is in fact another way to say someone is doing something. You can say they’re „am“ and then the infinitive of the verb. So for example: „Er ist am lesen.“ that actually means „he is reading.“ yet; this is usually used as an explaination for why someone can’t do something else. So if someone asks for help you can say „Ich bin am lesen“ to use it as an excuse for not helping them. It is also sometimes used casually in other kinds of situations but I think it’s less common than just saying „ich lese“. Yet; I’m quite disappointed Duo doesn’t accept the „am“-Version...

December 23, 2018


'Ist er liest' ?

March 10, 2019


'Reading he' would never be said in English. maybe 'Reading ?' but not 'Reading is he' or Reading he' !

March 10, 2019


I definitely say 'reading, is he?', like when you've just found out some useful information. But it's more rhetorical, I suppose

March 14, 2019


This is a ❤❤❤❤

March 13, 2019


Can't say "Er Liest?"

April 9, 2019


I was also confused at first. However, reading comments here has further broadening my psyche on the subject matter.

June 12, 2019
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