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"Der Herr isst einen Apfel."

Translation:The gentleman is eating an apple.

March 26, 2013



Herr means more Mr or Lord not "The MAN eats an apple.". In case of man it wold be ... "Der Mann isst einen Apfel".


How, when speaking, does one distinguish between isst and ist? Here if this sentence were to be formal, if I were to listen it could sound like

"The gentleman eats the apple"

or sarcastically, like:

"That gentleman is an Apple"



"An apple" is in the Akkusativ form "einen Apfel" because the apple receives the action:

  • The gentleman eats (is eating) an apple = Der Herr isst einen Apfel

The verb "sein" (ist) has a linking function, so it takes the Nominative "ein Apfel":

  • The gentleman is an apple = Der Herr ist ein Apfel


This reply has finally made it click in my head why masculine direct objects following sein don't use the 'en' ending. Danke schön!


It’s because they’re not direct objects or any objects at all, but predicative nouns referring to the subject.


The man eats an apple is more apt than The sir eats an apple.


You could even translate this sentence to "God eats an apple" for the lulz


When is it appropriate to use Herr and when Mann? Thanks.

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Well, Mann translates as 'man', while Herr is 'mister', which is more formal as far as I know.


Gentleman "Herr" is way more formal, Man "Mann" is more informal. If you are from the richer part of society or want to be more professional/polite (say to a customer or authority figure as two examples) you would say Gentleman.


Herr is gentleman, so when you are being formal


'sir' should be also be added


"isst" and "ist" sounds to me like the same. How can I distinguish them?


You can tell by context. "An apple" is in the Akkusativ form "einen Apfel" because the apple receives the action:

  • The gentleman eats (is eating) an apple = Der Herr isst einen Apfel

The verb "sein" (ist) has a linking function, so it takes the Nominative "ein Apfel":

  • The gentleman is an apple = Der Herr ist ein Apfel

There are comments about pronunciation on the webpage below. In summary, official dictionary pronunciation for "ist" and "isst" is the same: IPA [ɪst]

The exception is in informal language for "ist" where the "t" may be dropped. As well, other commenters indicate that there may be regional differences between "ist" and "isst".


do not know if herr means man in english..but mann means man. so herr actually means gentleman?


Why gent is not accepted?


'The sir' would generally be incorrect English. The only sense I think it could be correct would be referring to Knights in an abstract sense, otherwise you would just say 'Sir'


Yes - in this context, "Herr" is used with a surname just as English uses "Mr. Smith"; when it's on its own as a noun, it translates as "The gentleman. . ." (I confidently expect such a gentleman to eat his apple with a fruit knife and fork, of course.)


You address a knight or baronet as 'Sir' followed by his first name, eg "Sir John". You address a gentleman as "Sir" alone; or if you know him you can say "Mr Smith". There is never any occasion to say "a sir", or "the sir" - you probably mean a knight/gentleman/master/officer. The only time you would use "Sirs" is when addressing a group, or writing a formal business letter; it is very uncouth to use it to talk ABOUT them.


Why would the husband be rejected?


Is your husband a Lord?


Herr never means "Husband". "Der Mann" or "der Ehemann" can be used for "Husband"


To me it sounded like "der Held" (meaning the hero)... yikes! A German student of 3 years (in a class where ONLY German is speaken) and the verbal interpretation exercises on here always get me!


isn't using 'isst' in this context insulting?


How do you say Like a sir in German?


How can I pronounce "Herr"? Is it something like, [hea]"?


ok this is just stu to the pid. i am so so so damn tired of having to freaking spell out gentleman. this is dumb please stop. KYS duolingo. no lingots for you homie quan. stop the madness #killbinladen #duolingoisISIS


i put the instead of an


'Der Herr' pronunciation sounds almost like just one word in Duo like "Deherr". Is that how Germans pronounce it?


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