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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikitaBant

Er liest ein Buch.

I have one confusion sometime it says he is reading a book or he reads a book .Whats the difference of this in german in reading n reads ?

April 12, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

non, because german does not have a continuous present time. so both would translate as er liest ein Buch.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gatiquo

There is no "is reading" progressive form in German, so "er liest" can be translated as "is reading" or "reads" based on context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janniez79

as the others said there is no progeressive form in german. But if you want to express "he is reading a book" you can use "er liest gerade ein Buch" which literally translates to "he reads (is reading) a book right now".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex_Morkova

there is no difference.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meckemink

It is normal that you are confused with it because I was confused when I learned English.

The Difference is actually a question of time.The english Speakers have a language which is sometimes more precise at the timeline.

A german would agree on both being the right answer but a Scietist of the German Language would disagree that It makes no difference.You could translate he reads a book perfectly with "Er liest ein Buch" but on the other Hand if you say he is reading a book you would say something like "Er ist ein Buch lesen(d)".

The last form would Sound strange to a german like when Michael Fassbender orders 3 Beer with the wrong fingers in the movie and you would Sound like a foreigner with saying "Er ist ein Buch lesen(d)".

Be safe and say Er liest ein Buch.

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