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When do I use einen?

I'm incredibly confused with the usage of 'einen'. Originally I assumed it was used as a group version of Ein, like 'haben' or 'lesen'. But now I see it being used in sentences addressing singular individuals such as: "Die frau isst einen Apfel." or "Ich habe einen Apfel"

I'm so confused. Please enlighten me.

May 10, 2018



Einen is just the masculine form for “a/an” in the accusative case.


True, but there is also the verb "einen" meaning "to unify". But i doubt it is used in the early stages of tree, or is it?


Used as a verb, "einen" means "to unify" or "to unite" as in "Ein Gedanke einte alle." ("One thought united everyone.")

Used as a "Artikel" (articel), "einen" is the masculine "Akkusativ" (accusative) form of "ein" as is "Ich esse einen Apfel." ("I am eating an apple.")

Used as a "Pronomen" (pronoun) , "einen" is used as a placeholder for a noun as in "Ich habe zehn Äpfel. Einen habe ich bereits gegessen." (I have ten apples. I have already eaten one.


to unify: you might be thinking of "einigen" or "vereinigen".


https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Basic_Chart.html The nominative case is der/ein, die/eine, das/ein, whereas the accusitive case would be den/einen, die/eine, das/ein. I'm sure they have a breakdown on here with the accusitive case, but hopefully this helps somewhat.

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