"There is a cat under the table."

Translation:Es ist eine Katze unter dem Tisch.

April 15, 2018



Why is 'Es gibt eine Katze unter dem Tisch' not accepted?

April 15, 2018


Good question. :)

'Es gibt eine Katze unter dem Tisch' sounds like the cat is always under the table, not just sitting or standing there, but rather existing there.

(There are images of a cat affixed to the lower part of a chair or the lower side of the table board on my mind now...

Subtle differences in meaning are great, but poor kitty. :D )

'Es ist eine Katze unter dem Tisch' on the other hand sounds more like the cat is there now, but maybe just for the moment.

(As a native speaker and in a casual conversation I'd probably use 'Da ist eine Katze unter dem Tisch.' with the local indication 'da' ('there'), seems more natural to me than 'es ist'.)

April 16, 2018


So, "Es gibt eine Katze unter dem Tisch" may sound strange, but there is nothing wrong with the sentence itself, right? Moreover, the cat might indeed be always there, in a photo or picture for example.

January 4, 2019


I think the English would have to say "there is always a cat under the table" or "A cat stays under the table" in that case.

May 27, 2019



March 18, 2019


Da ist eine Katze unter dem Tisch. Was ist unter dem Tisch? Es ist eine Katze unter dem Tisch!

November 21, 2018


Is unter a dative preposition?

June 17, 2018


its a "both way" preposition if the action involves movement then its akkusativ . "Er geht unter die Brücke" if there is no movement action then it is dativ "Er schläft unter der Brücke"

June 20, 2018


Danke schön

August 3, 2018


Is there any reason why "es gibt" is not acceptable?

July 18, 2018


Ja. The reason being that it suggests that the cat will never ever move from under the table. A wooden cat Zum beispiel!

August 2, 2018


Is the order of the tenses important here? Why is "Es ist unter dem Tisch eine Katze" considered wrong? I thought the dative came before the accusative....

July 6, 2019


Anasi sikismisin evladi!

July 4, 2018
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