A werewolf eats. Would it be fressen or essen? Since they're humanoid animals.
If the werewolf is using knife, fork and\or spoon, sitting on a chair next to a table. Then it is essen, because essen is a civilized behavior.
If he eats only with his mouth like an animal it is fressen.
May I add on that "fressen" can also be used when any human is eating as an insult, to say they eat like an animal. From this I would assume that if any creature that isn't a human eats in a civilised manner they would be "essen" not "fressen".
So Peter Rabbit would "isst" his stolen food :P
aaaand I just had to go look up the translation and yes translated Beatrix Potter stories use essen and not fressen.
What if he is eating mashed potatoes and corn on the cob? Like, he is holding the corn on the cob in one hand and has a fork with the potatoes in the other and shovels both into his mouth at the same time, like children tend to do?
You should use »essen«.
Except for the three nights of the full moon, then you would use »fressen«.
Naturlich I have to agree.
A man (or woman or nonbinary person) TURNS INTO/changes into a werewolf so that means we can assume that the default state of a werewolf is a person and they are only a werewolf when they are actively werewolfing under the light of a full moon.
Ein Mann isst, Eine Werewolf frisst
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I was under the impression that fressen could be used for humans too, if the person eating was being particularly ferocious in the act.
You are right. It is used to express a negative picture of the person that eats.
I suspect fressen. In doing a quick google search, I was able to come across a couple of sentences using the past particle aufgefressen as well as aufzufressen in relation to werewolves.
Essen really doesn't seem right.
THAT is an awesome question. I think that Germany could get in a war over that question XD
What do the Harry Potter translations into German say about Lupin?
Isst er in der Großen Halle oder frisst er bei Vollmond?
Clearly Rowling did not give that away before Snape let the secret out.
Harry Potter-Zauberstäbe: Professor Remus Lupin
und auch mehr auf YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OxjF-VEZxE
I told my husband about this discussion and he rightfully pointed out that the answer to this is obvious (in human form= essen, in werewolf form=fressen) but there is no such simple deduction when it comes to Centaurs...
How about an amoeba consumes some smaller creature? Still fressen? No teeth or vulgarity is involved. Yet no silverware, as well?
No vulgarity? Hmm, the prey animal might feel that their personal space is being rudely invaded by the amoeba.
Emotional distress eating you alive! :D So is this essen or fressen? lol! :)
Thank you @SharyOrta-. We need more discussions like these, reading this thread just made my day :)
Well, currently there are seven million active learners on Duolingo.
1 in 1000 people learn German on Duolingo?!
I would say "fressen", as the werewolf is a very ferocious creature, but I think either one is fine.
As long as it's a human it's essen , when it's in a wolf state it should be fressen