"Er trinkt meinen Tee."

Translation:He drinks my tea.

March 24, 2013

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I understood ihr instead of er


Same here...the computer voice is incredibly sloppy with certain sounds


same trouble with u


I did, too...and i really think that, in these cases, both should be accepted since the verb is the same. In a conversation, we would be able to ask questions or understand from the context which one it was; there is no real way to do that here. This is not the first time this has happened. In going back to listen, I couldn't really tell that it was 'er' instead of 'ihr'.


I must have not noticed it earlier, i guess i don't fully understand why it would be "Meinen" over "Mein"


If you use both forms in a sentence, it can be like this:

"Mein Hund trinkt meinen Tee."

Hund is nominative and Tee is accusative. Notice that "Tee" is masculine. If the accusative is a masculine noun, "meinen" is used.

It is "meine" if the accusative is a feminine noun: "Mein Hund trinkt meine Milch." and it is "mein" for a neuter noun: "Mein Hund trinkt mein Wasser."


Nicely explained...good


This page is really helpful for figuring out what article you'd need to use based on the case the word takes: http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum.htm


I am confused. I come from a Latin background, in which there is the Genetive case for possession. In German, is "meinen" the Accusative? Because it describes the condition of the direct object? Is there no distinction between possessive pronouns and accusative pronouns when they describe the direct object? Please help!


German does still have a genetive case but in this case "mein" functions as an adjective and declines like the indefinite article "ein"


"Meinen" is accusative, yes. It's like Latin "meum".


Ich trinke deinen Milchshake!!!


suppose, it's because of the accusative form of the noun


As Sartrt said, it's actually der Tee, and the akkusativ form of der (masculine) is meinen.


Correct me if i am wrong Is meinen used for "my" (masculine accusative) or is it used for "Der" Tee (masculine object) ?


Why is it "meinen" and not "mein" or "meine"?


Because the word Tee is masculine (der Tee) and it's the direct object of trinkt here.

So you need the masculine accusative form meinen.

mein would be masculine nominative (e.g. Mein Tee ist kalt "my tea is cold", where "my tea" is the subject) or neuter accusative (e.g. Er trinkt mein Wasser).

meine would be nominative or accusative for either a feminine word or for a plural word: Er trinkt meine Limonade; Er trinkt meine Getränke.


Thanks mizinamo. This German is much harder than Spanish. I don't know what others think but German it HARD!


I'm still confused on when to use meinen instead of mein/meine


He drinks my tea instead of he is drinking my tea was not accepted.


Apparently, you wrote "He drinks my tea 33333333333333".

At least, there's a report saying that answer should be accepted and it was posted at pretty much the same time as your comment.

"He drinks my tea." is one of the accepted alternatives.

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