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"We have an apple."

Translation:Wir haben einen Apfel.

March 31, 2013



Why do we say "einen Apfel" and not "ein Apfel" ?


Article for Apfel is der which is masculine. If it changes to accusative it will change to den. But if we have to use an indefinite article in the sentence which is "an" in this sentence, we will change "ein" Which is a nominativ to its accusative form which is einen.

Hope you understood it :)


You answered everything EXCEPT the main question. Congratulations.


We say "einen" (not ein) because Apfel is the direct object in this sentence. Articles have to agree with their nouns in gender and in case.

Here is an introductory link to German cases (subjects/direct objects) and articles. The discussion on the -en ending of articles begins at 5:17. A helpful table for subjects and direct objects is at 7:16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd_5Wjsf9xo


Because "enien Apfel" translates to an apple while " ein Apfel" translates to a apple which isnt proper


"Einen Apfel" is the Singular form of "An Apple". And "Ein Apfel" could be used like "We have a Apple" (Wir haven ein Apfel) and "I have an apple" (Ich habe ein Apfel).

Basically, you have to view things as they would seem in German, and not English, as English has many 'shorts' and 'tricks' to sentencing.

Einen = An, which could mean only one person has an apple. Ein = A, which could mean a group has an apple each, or only one in total. ~Remember, "Apfel" is masculine.

~Please correct me if I'm wrong!


You're completely wrong. Apfel in Nominativ ist der, so in Akkusativ it's den. It's always like that: der - > den. See all changes in Akkusativ so nothing will surprise you in the future.


You're wrong. I'm pretty sure it's "ein Apfel" if "an apple" is the subject rather than the object. "Einen" is the masculine accusative case.


What is nominative, akkusativ, detive, genetive, feminim, maskulin means? Please i ve read all of these kind of things and i know nothing... Thanks


Nomitive (case) -the way of naming an object, "Es ist EIN Apfel."/"It is an apple."

Accusative (case) -the object that the verb is being done to, "Der Mann isst EINEN Apfel."/"The man eats an apple." The apple is being eaten.

Dative (case) - the object which is receiving the verb, "Der Mann gibt DEM Hund einen Apfel"/"The man gives the dog an apple" The apple is being givin, but the dog is recieving the action.

Genetive (case) - ownership of a noun, "Der Apfel DES MANNS."/"The man's apple." The man owns the apple.

Neuter, masculine, and feminine are all genders of nouns. They basically have different words for the, Das, Der, and Die respectively. It is the same with the word a, Ein, Ein And Eine. You need to memorize which noun is which.


Then you haven't read enough.

Cases: nominative, akkusativ, detive, genetive Gender: Masculine, feminine, Neuter, and (because it helps to understand) Plural Concern yourself only with Nominative (subject) and accusative (Object) cases for sentences and for all the genders for now.

The words vary in infliction depending on which case and gender they are concerned with.


Why is it haben instead of habt or haft?


Wir haben is the correct form. Wir goes with -en ending


Apple is the direct object here so the einen is the accusative form. Direct object is the one which -Receives action from verb -Non acting person/thing

For nominative case it would be ein Apfel. Eg of nomiantive- Es ist ein Apfel.(It is an apple.)


Why do I have to use Akkusartiv ?


In English it is "We have him/her." and not "We have he/she.", too. So in German an object can be in the accusative, dative or genitive case. "haben" requires accusative.


That answers mine question too, thanks.


No. Actually we use Akkusativ when it's a direct object. Example: I need. You need what? I need something. Then this "something" goes with Akk.


Is the Akkusativ form "einen" used for the object Apfel in this sentence because the verb "haben" is a transitive verb? If so, do all transitive verbs require the Akkusativ form when the sentence is - Subject + Verb + Direct Object. I thought Akkusativ form was used where the action of the verb is directed at the Direct Object. The verb "haben" does not seem to connote action directed at the Object, but is a "state of being" verb like "sein" and not like an action verb such as "cut", "ate", "sliced". An explanation would be helpful.


Yes, the verb selects the case of the object. These can be accusative (haben, sehen, finden...), dative (helfen, glauben, vertrauen,...) or genitive (bedürfen, sich besinnen,...). Genitive is very rare and dative is often required with actions of which the object benefits. For example "jemandem (dative) etwas (accusative) schenken". "Ich schenke dir (dative) ein Buch (accusative)." - "I give you a book." You benefit from the action by receiving the book as a gift.


How do I know when to use habt, haben, etc?


For who is still asking why "einen Apfel"? Well, we have learned so far two cases (nominative and now acusative). Acusative is the thing or the person who is directly receiving the action. And nominative is the subject of the sentence. The only thing that changes from the nominative to acusative is the masculine forms: Nominative ein der Accusative einen den


How do I tell when I am supposed to use einen instead of ein or eine


Einen IS NOT an. When you do something to a noun, or its the determiner of the subject, you use Einen. In english, we dont do that too often, but think of it like saying "I have her" versus "i have she" In this case, "her" is equivalent to "Einen", and "she" is equivalent to "ein" So, examples. Ich hab EINEN Apfel. Tu hast EINEN Frau. EIN Junge hast EINEN Fisch. EINE Frau ess


"Einen" means "An" (Masculine) "Ein" means "A" (Masculine) "Eine" also means "A" (Feminine)

Such as in this sentence, "Apfel" is Masculine, so you would use a Masculine word. "Einen" (An) or "Ein." (A)

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"Ihr haben ein Apfel" was accepted. How? Isn't it wrong?


I got a "wrong" when I entered "Einen Apfel haben wir."


Duolingo does not understand Master Yoda language ;)


The einen apfel can definitely come first. My best guess is that the haben wir shows a question. I know that Einen Apfel wir haben would be correct German, although I'm not sure if they accept it.


"Einen Apfel wir haben." doesn't work.


Why can't i use ein apfel and einen apfel? What is the difference?


Ein is A. So we have a Apple. Einen is An. We have An Apple. I dont know how answer it properly but i am assuming for thaf sentence An is best for it


I'm afraid, it doesn't work like that. English "a" and "an" depend on whether the following word starts with a vowel or not ("a dog" and "an apple"). In German the inflected form of "ein" depends on the gender of the noun. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ein#German


because ein says "a" and einen says "an".


Have singular, haven plural?


Nope. look out for the conjugation button when you hover over the word "habe" and see how that works.


What is the difference between "wir" and "wie"?


Wir = We , Wie = How or like , depending on its position in the sentence .


Caused me to lose! Dang!


ofcourse I failed in last moment. ein isn't einen -.-


Is there any way to understand what is masculine and feminine? I'm having so much trouble with learning the articles.


Understand simply i meant


Somebody can explain me why is wrong to say "uns haben einen Apfel" instead of "wir haben einen Apfel"? Thanks


So, how would I say "We have apples"?


"Wir haben Äpfel."


Is "einen" also what we'd use for plural "Äpfel"?


Wait, ein would never be plural. My mistake.


Why???? Haben hast same dang thang


what is meant by nominative and accusative ? please help with it.


Why "den Apfel" is wrong here? Although it was the answer in the previous questions!!!


I need help with the different have/has/had. When do you use habe/habt/haben/etc.??


I thought "hast" was "have". I kept getting them wrong, so on the previous question, I chose "habt" instead, and it was "hast". Now I'm completely confused and got this one wrong too!


Ich habe : i have

Du hast: you have

sie/es/de hat: she has, he has, it has

Ihr habt: you all (plural) have

Wir/ sie haben: we have, they have

Sie haben: You have (formal, always capital "S", used for people you dont know well or who are of higher station or when you are their customer etc)


The German Indefinite Articles

In German we have two main indefinite articles: ein and eine. The indefinite articles: ein/eine are used just like the English letter: a. We use ein/eine if something is unknown, new or non specific and we use it only with singular nouns.

Tip: If the article of the singular noun is die you use eine otherwise ein.

For Example: die Frau = eine Frau. but: das Mädchen = ein Mädchen.

Maybe you wonder why we don’t use the article “die” when we use the word “Mädchen” (girl). After all it is a female person. Well, I know it is strange but we have an exception here. Please note that the word “Mädchen” has the article das and therefore we must use ein Mädchen and not eine Mädchen.

Note: If we have a plural noun we don’t use the indefinite article at all:

Ein Mann mag Bier. A man likes beer. (Mann = singular noun).

However: Männer mögen Bier. Men like beer. (Männer = plural noun).

Credit: https://learn-german-easily.com/indefinite-articles - thank you Lucas Kern!


wir haben ein apfel. is right not einen. einen us for the


im sure before it was ein apfel, why is it now einen apfel?


Can someone please explain me usage of HAVE in different scenarios?


Why 'wir' use 'einen' in the object? I think it's an 'eine' for the apfel...please somebody make it clear...ive confused with this 'eine, einen' thing :(


When are the different "have" used?


How and when to use ein/eine/einen??


What is the difference between habt and habe


Why wir nit wie??


Can someone explain me the gender stuff with "haben" and "einen" please? I know that ein is for neutral, einen for masculain and eine for feminin. Is it the same with haben?


I suggest duolingo to include more new vocabulary in it . Till now i have been only introduced to very few words like zeitung, milch , wasser , brot etc . The amount of practise is great , but more new words if added would be beneficiary


Can someone explain properly and as simply as possible why it must be "einen Apfel" and not "ein Apfel"?


Einen IS NOT an. When you do something to a noun, or its the determiner of the subject, you use Einen. In english, we dont do that too often, but think of it like saying "I have her" versus "i have she" In this case, "her" is equivalent to "Einen", and "she" is equivalent to "ein" So, examples. Ich hab EINEN Apfel. Tu hast EINEN Frau. EIN Junge hast EINEN Fisch. EINE Frau isst EINEN Banane. Makes sense?


This is only partially correct. As you said, in English, morphologically you can only tell the difference between subject and object when looking at pronouns. "I see the table." and "The table is green.". In both cases it is "the table". But "I see him." and "He sees me.". "him and "me" are in the object case. Now, "ein" can have several forms. It is inflected according to the gender and case of the following noun. "Ich sehe eine Katze / einen Hund / ein Tier." (accusative feminine / masculine / neuter). "Ich helfe einer Katze / einem Hund / einem Tier." (dative feminine / masculine / neuter). See the full table here: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ein#Declension_2


It's actually really hard for me to hear the correct pronunciation of this sentence...I hear: WE-ir ha-Ven einnnnnnnn (meaning that I hear ein drawn out vs. distinctly einen) apphel. So in all of its misheard glory: weir haven ein apphel.


He speaks "haben" too quickly to hear...


Geez. I don't get it. SOMETIMES when I get a mispelled word like apfel or afple Duo shows i have a mispelled word its correct. And its wrong. Grrrrrrr

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