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A werewolf eats. Would it be fressen or essen? Since they're humanoid animals.

September 5, 2018

39 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Itschi187

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.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

Great, that reminds me of "Iss mit den Fingern und nicht mit dem Gesicht!" :D

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaptianKaos8

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".

September 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FionaM72

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.

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

I just love this answer!

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryanaissance

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?

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david3dd

You should use »essen«.

Except for the three nights of the full moon, then you would use »fressen«.

Natüüüuuuuuuurlich.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

I agree. It depends on the shape the werewolf is in.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristylein9

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

Much love to everyone here.

September 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katred2

Thank you for the best discussion topic of the day. Have a lingot.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IgorMancil

I was under the impression that fressen could be used for humans too, if the person eating was being particularly ferocious in the act.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MortiBiRD

You are right. It is used to express a negative picture of the person that eats.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/case02

fressen when applied to a human, means gorging or eating like a pig.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatCantDuo

Well then I guess Mein Freund frisst.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KK0503

huh. I never thought about it that way.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

yeah and essen can be used for animals (at least duo always accepts it)

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRedDawn

:)

September 8, 2018

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    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.

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mereade

    This is the best thread ever! Thanks!!!

    Have 10 Lingots.

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lyd.monkey

    THAT is an awesome question. I think that Germany could get in a war over that question XD

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarekKober

    I would like to have your problems. :-D

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mokurai

    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.

    BTW

    Harry Potter-Zauberstäbe: Professor Remus Lupin

    und auch mehr auf YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OxjF-VEZxE

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristylein9

    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...

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

    Essen. It's going to change back to a person..

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EL5tEL

    Thanks for making learning German fun SharyOrta!

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

    Ok, it's not exactly a werewolf .... https://youtu.be/pee2bv_Jlbg

    September 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRedDawn

    How about an amoeba consumes some smaller creature? Still fressen? No teeth or vulgarity is involved. Yet no silverware, as well?

    September 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickHeyns

    No vulgarity? Hmm, the prey animal might feel that their personal space is being rudely invaded by the amoeba.

    September 12, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRedDawn

    Emotional distress eating you alive! :D So is this essen or fressen? lol! :)

    September 13, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickHeyns

    I vote for fressen.

    September 14, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4bimic

    Thank you @SharyOrta-. We need more discussions like these, reading this thread just made my day :)

    September 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RubenDario408817

    fressen

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmalineLit

    Hallo! glad i am not the only one learning german!! i would say fressen

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaptianKaos8

    Well, currently there are seven million active learners on Duolingo.

    *thinks*

    1 in 1000 people learn German on Duolingo?!

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RSvanKeure

    It would have to depend on whether the werewolf is in human or wolf form: 'essen' if in human form, 'fressen' if in wolf form.

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhilipDai

    I would say "fressen", as the werewolf is a very ferocious creature, but I think either one is fine.

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PannasOwen

    As long as it's a human it's essen , when it's in a wolf state it should be fressen

    September 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jooooooooooooosh

    Can the werewolf use chopsticks?

    September 12, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickHeyns

    I suppose at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet when the moon is full. But he might not go for the fried rice or chop suey as his first choice.

    September 12, 2018
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