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"Ein Mann isst einen Apfel."

Translation:A man eats an apple.

April 7, 2018



why is the apple 'einen' and not 'ein' ? how to figure it out when to put einen instead of ein ?


Because the apple is taking the action, the apple is being eaten (accusative). So when an apple is taking the object, and since we use der with Apfel (because it’s a masculine noun):

ein Apfel: the nominative form (doing the action); einen Apfel: the accusative form.

Then, we say: Ein Mann isst einen Apfel.ein Mann is also a masculine noun, but in this case it’s in the nominative form, so we said ein. einen Apfel is in the accusative form.

I hope I helped :)


I think you mean the apple is "receiving" the action. In English, "to take an action" means the same as "to act".


Bridge....the apple is NOT taking the action, the one eating is acting.


quick question just to be sure- if the man is taking the action, like a woman talks to a man, would the 'ein' now change to 'einem' or 'einen' and why? thank you :)


wonderfully explained. thank you. i was going bonkers over the same.


How can you hear the difference between "ist" and "isst"?


You can't, so context is how you figure it out


At first I understood: ''Ein Mann ist einen Apfel,'' as soon as I realized it wasn't 'bout an AppleMan, I got it was the same man eating an apple though XD


    The inflection of the article due to accusative case actually helps us here:

    Ein Mann isst einen Apfel = "A man eats an apple"
    Ein Mann ist ein Apfel = "A man is an apple"


    She said "list", made me wrong.


    Try clicking on the turtle next time. It makes it slower and easier to understand.


    Why isst and not esse or essen?


    Ich esse. Du esst. Er/ sie/ es/ X isst. Wir essen. Ihr esst. Sie essen. Ein Mann is X so its isst.

    Normally if its:

    Ich "e" is after verb. Du "st" is after verb. Er/ sie/ es/ x "t" after verb. Wir "en" after verb. Ihr "t" after verb. Sie "en" after verb.

    Hope that helps!!


    Nynat....I want to know WHY. And I'm new. I don't understand all those fancy terms like "accusative."


    You should learn the verb’s conjugation (in the present tense for now) by heart…

    Or use the grammatical method as NynatTams said above.


    Bridge....where do we find "the grammatical method?"


    Why is "A man is eating an apple" wrong?


    I also translate it to "A man is eating an apple", don't understand why it's wrong


    Why not 'The man is eating an apple'? I thought 'isst' translates to both 'eats' and 'is eating' ??


    The man is the same as one man here in the UK so this should be accepted, otherwise I can only presume that the sentence is deliberately wrong so you fail. No-one says "one man".


    The correct translation would be "A man eats an apple", not "one man". Ein/eine/einem etc. are indefinite articles, while ein means one (which isn't the meaning implied in the sentence).

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