Why is it 'die zeitung' and not den or das or der ?
Usually, nouns ending on -ung are feminine in German. Why? Just arbitrary idiosyncrasies of the German language.
This is the explanation that I've been looking for. Thanks!
Could this also be "Sie lesen eine Zeitung'?
That's what i thought but got it wrong. Duo sucks at explaining why.
eine zeitung = a newspaper, die zeitung = the newspaper
Because "Zeitung" is a feminine noun taking the definite article "die" in the nominative and accusative singular. Of course all nouns, regardless of gender, take "die" in the nominative plural.
What's the difference between lessen and lesse?
Lese is used if "I" is the subject.
Lesen is used if the subject is plural.