"Die Frauen lesen ein Buch."

Translation:The women are reading a book.

March 25, 2013

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    Do all women read one book at once? like, every woman reads one sentence or what


    Maybe its like a book club we're they are all reading the same book


    That's what I was thinking haha


    It doesnt make sense


    In german, you would interpret is as "they all have their own book, but it is the same book" or In other words: as many pointed out already -The bookclub thing


    why we use ein buch not einen buch


    If it were masculine like "der Satz" (the sentence) we'd have "Die Frauen lesen einen Satz", but "das Buch" is neutral and needs "ein" when it receives the action.


    What happens if it's feminine?


    it would be like "Die Frauen lesen eine Meldung", 'die Meldung' being feminine.


    There are three types...masculine, feminine, and neuter.


    Because it it a neutral gender object - das Buch, and in the akkusativ form it stays as ein, feminin 'die' stays as eine but masculine 'der' becomes einen

    Case masculine feminine neuter plural
    nom. ein eine ein einen
    gen. eines einer eines einen
    dat. einem einer einem einen
    acc. einen eine ein einen

    Plurals are only used in phrases like this: Die Einen mögen Bücher, die Anderen nicht.

    Some like books others do not.

    Die Einen ... die Anderen = some ... others


    I am having trouble hearing the en at the end of some words such as Frauen and Jungen. Is this common amongst speakers that this kind of trails off at the end of a word?


    Yes and no. You can pronounce ever letter, but usually the e is only pronounced somewhere like the a in about or not at all. "Fraun" is how I would pronounce it in fast, every day's speech.


    Less common than in French. All characters are pronounced in Hoch Deutsch. But at the end it indeed trails a bit off. They are by no means silent charcters however.


    wow... i just realized that if you hit record quickly enough, you can record the woman's voice and use it... never doing that by accident again.


    The audio is wrong on this one, does anyone else think so?

    I very explicitly hear "Lee-zon", with a long 'E' sound, like in "Screech" You only make a Long 'E' when preceded by an 'i' Example: Riesen

    Lesen should be pronounced with an 'A' sound, like in "lay"

    This is what I was taught in college.


    It's just the way it sometimes sounds when spoken quickly. You are technically right though.


    Shouldn't "the women read a book" count too?


    am I correct in assuming Sie is you (Formal singular or plural) as well as THEY (the women are reading, they are reading) you (f) you all (f) they ...? Is there a they formal and informal?


    Sie means either ' She ' or ' They ' .... You have to follow the following verb form . Suppose if you see the sentence ' Sie liest ' instead of ' Sie lesen ' then you must understand that the verb form is indicating to the word she otherwise it would be ' they ' ..... Hope this will help you ...

    • sie liest: she reads

    • sie lesen: they read

    • Sie lesen: you read - the capitalization is required at all times.

    Note: "sie" will always be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence.


    what is the different with "ein " "einen"and "eine"?(╯‵□′)╯︵┻━┻


    ein is masculine ("der"-Form) or neuter ("das"-Form), eine is feminine("die"-Form)

    Which noun is which grammatical gender must be learned for every noun individually (Tip: learn it with the definite article der/die/das)

    einen is used for masculines, if they are not the subject, so they don't do the action in the sentence

    • das Kind tritt ein Blatt (das Blatt = the leaf)

    • das Kind tritt eine Blume (die Blume = the flower)

    • das Kind tritt einen Stein (der Stein = the pebble, rock)


    Shouldn't ein be eine? The woman is reading and the book receives the action. And the indefinite (accusative) feminine article is eine. Right?


    The accusative indefinite article for a feminine noun is indeed ‘eine’ - but Buch is a neuter noun! And the accusative indefinite article for a neuter noun is simply ‘ein’.


    das Buch - its neutral, not feminin


    The description for "Lesen" says it can mean either 'to read' or 'to pick'. Does the conjugation change with the context?


    Yes. But also "to pick" usually translates to "auflesen" (to pick up), "auslesen" (to pick out). "Lesen" alone means "to read". There is more, for example "vorlesen", which means "to read aloud to someone".


    Sorry for my ignorance i know German does not have "ing" but could this also be considered in english "reading" in this particular sentance?


    Yes: it corresponds to both ‘read’ and ‘is/are reading’. This applies across all verbs in German. Context really determines which translation is more appropriate in English, but without a particular context you can translate the sentence either way.


    Until now we use both simple present and present cont. for the same tense. What is the difference in here? Can anyone help


    In German, there is no difference.


    Why is it Der Mann "liest" die Zeitung, but Die Frauen "lesen" ein Buch? Why liest and liesen?


    "Der Mann" is singular while "Die Frauen" is plural. "liest" is for singular pronoun while "lesen" is for plural.


    So if i'm right .. ich ( lese ) , du ( liest ) , wir/Sie ( lesen ) , er/es/sie ( liest ) , ihr (??)


    That's right. ihr lest is the missing form.


    hmnn.. why is this wrong - - > "the women reads a book"?


    "the women" is plural, so you need the verb form "read".

    "reads" is used with a singular subject.


    or The women read a book. How does one know when speaker (writer) intend "is read" vs "are reading?"


    How does one know when speaker (writer) intend "is read" vs "are reading?"

    Only from context.

    Without context -- as with individual sentences on Duolingo -- both are often possible, and so you can translate them either way and both possible translations will be accepted.

    If there is context inside the sentence (e.g. "right now" or "every day"), then of course that will constrain the translation possibilities.


    How come ein means one here instead of the?


    Context. While "ein" can mean both "the" and "a," you can use context clues to determine which is being used. For example, here, "ein (the)" isn't the proper gender for the noun, so here, you know that "ein" means "a."


    what is the point of "ein" and "eine"!!!!!?????


    What is the difference between der and die?


    How is the conjugation of the verb "lesen"? The app don’ t let us know about the grammar (not explicitly), do anyone have a good site that could help me with?


    Is "sind" not used here because the verb is conjugated?

    i.e. "Die Frauen sind lesen ein Buch"


    In english we always want to use conjugations, but in German it's often not necessary - like in this sentence - you can't really explain it, it's difficult to get your head around!


    Yes in not the ine english peraon eho thinks its hard


    Nope. You should look at it as if it were Present Simple (the women read). From what I am gathering, you thought of it as Present Continuous and you translated it literally (are reading = sind lesen). It's a wrong aproach. In German, you have only Präsens (ich lese) and you can translate it in English as either Present Simple (I read) or Present Continuous (I am reading). It's wrong to translate the auxiliary (am) and the main verb (reading) in order to obtain some sort of continuous form in German.


    Are they really reading the same book? Is it not the "Fifty Shades of Gray"...?


    When you hover over Frauen the 3rd option is 'mistress?' I will assume a similar word will the the 3rd choice for the German word for 'men' if I would like to refer to the man I am cheating with behind my husbands back?


    For that sense of mistress, you'd probably prefer another word to ‘Frau’. http://www.dict.cc/?s=mistress

    Frau if taken to mean mistress would tend towards the meaning of mistress as a woman in a position of authority (female equivalent to the male master). A common example: the head of the school would be the female headmistress or the male headmaster.


    Is it just me, or the way the guy says 'die' isn't obvious at all. I thought he was saying ihr because it has a huge lack of definition on the D.


    how do you get a 182 day streak? p.s i gave you two lingots JakeAGuest


    Yes, The women are reading a book is the correct translation, however the instructions were, type whatyouhear


    I think it must be womens


    No. "womens" is not a word in English.

    The plural of "woman" is just "women".


    Must be a bloody big book.


    What is difference between esse lese liest ?


    I first typed "the women is reading a book" and it said it was wrong. But then typed "the women are reading a book" and glt it right. Why wad it wrong? Shoumd it be right?


    Since the women, like die Frauen, refers to many people, not just one, you need the verb form “(they) are reading”.

    “They is reading” is not correct English and, for the same reason, “the women is reading” is not correct, either.


    It was right but said its wrong


    yes it would be odd if they were all huddled together reading the same book


    Yet that is what the sentence says.


    Why in some is Bücher and then is Buch in others? Is this jud because of the plural form?



    Buch (book) is singular, Bücher (books) is plural.


    it never said buch it stopped at ein


    The answer was right, of the woman are reading a book..


    The answer was right, of the woman are reading a book..

    Eh? No.

    die Frauen is "the women", not "the woman" -- plural, not singular.


    It's so hard for me to differentiate when the audio says Frau or Frauen and lese or lesen. The -n almost gone. Has anyone experience the same? If you think so and it's not just me, I'll report this


    The women are reading a book. Question : how is it posdible that msny persons are reading or read one book?


    When would one use 'lest'?


    When would one use 'lest'?

    When the subject is ihr (you - several people).


    Why the corrcect answer is lesen?


    Why the corrcect answer is lesen?

    What would you have expected?

    The subject is die Frauen, which is plural, so you need lesen like sie lesen "they read".

    sie (they) verb forms end in -en, as the tips and notes for the course explain.


    When to use 'lesen' 'liest' 'lese' ?


    Ich lese . Du liest. Wir lesen. Sie ( formal or they) lesen.

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