"Der Teilnehmer liest seine erste Zeitung."

Translation:The participant reads his first newspaper.

March 27, 2013

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Teil (part) + nehmer (taker) aah German is fun :)


It's always interesting, to me at least, to see exactly how many English words are rooted in German - this one for example - in English it's "partaker". That doesn't stop me trying to translate it as "part-timer" though - every time...grrr


What does "The participant reads his first newspaper." mean? Is this a reading contest and is he going to read more after the first one or what? I am not being sarcastic by the way. I really want to know.


The participant is a selectively bred ape who has undergone groundbreaking experimentation and is now undergoing his first test to determine whether he has humanlike intelligence.

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    Have a Lingot for a good sense of humor!:)


    Teilnehmer also means subscriber. That could make more sense. And Duo accepts this answer.


    Really??? I just typed, "The subscriber reads his first newspaper." and it was rejected. 2021/11/09. I guess it's not accepted anymore. I'll report it.


    Maybe he has always been blind, but after an operation he now can see and read his first newspaper.


    What answer are you hoping for here?

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      I guess Mechanigenic is after the context behind this rather contrived sentence.

      • It's important to remember that many of these examples are there so that we can practise the vocab and employ the grammar! -


      I imagined that the Teilnehmer is a participant in the Baby Olympics. He's in the reading competition.

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      Is it possible that "the subscriber reads his first newspaper" would make more sense? I'm pretty certain 'subscriber' was one of the possible translations for 'Teilnehmer'.


      I wrote "subscriber" and it was accepted.


      Der Abonnent = the subscriber


      Oh I see, it's a reading-newspaper contest!


      Or the dullest game show ever!


      Can "Teilnehmer" be used to mean "user" or "member" as in "Ich bin ein gmail Teilnehmer " (when you have a google/gmail account) or "Ich bin ein duolingo Teilnehmer" ? Many thanks !


      how would you say "the participant reads HER first newspaper"?


      Die Teilnehmerin liest ihre erste Zeitung.


      and its plural? would it be Die Teilnehmerin or Teilnehmerinen??

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        Die Teilnehmerinnen lesen ihre erste Zeitung. -or, with multiple newspapers: Die Teilnehmerinnen lesen ihre ersten Zeitungen.


        Live from the most boring game show ever!


        I was marked wrong for "The participant reads his newspaper first", but how would you actually say this?


        I think the adverb would have to be with the verb, as in "Zuerst liest die Teilnehmer seine Zeitung."
        In the sentence given, the adjective "erst" is right with the noun, so that can be a clue as you're deciphering sentences.


        Can somone please explain why this would not be ' seiner erster Zeitung' given that i thought this might be Accusative (Fem newspaper), by the fact that he is acting upon it, by reading it? Or is it Dativ. Now i'm really confused?

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