How and when to use "nicht" and "kein"?
Hallo, ich bin neu to German und I've been struggling. I'm confused on the usage of the words "nicht" and "kein". Like, it can't be "Ich bin nicht ein junge", it should be "Ich bin kein junge", and there are some cases where "nicht" should be used. And I don't quite get it. Could the word "kein" mean "not a"? And is "nicht ein" acceptable? Can some ppl help me :-P
Thanks! I'll google translate that page later, it looks quite useful lol
It is! I've used it before as well. Thanks for the recommendation SchonBaume
Ps. Your "correct" name should be "SchöneBäume" XD
Bitte schön. thanks for the tip. but i have tried it before and sounds like Duo won't accept words include umlaut as name.
Wir verwenden "kein":
bei Nomen ohne Artikel. Beispiel: Ich habe Durst. – Ich habe keinen Durst.
anstelle eines unbestimmten Artikels. Beispiel: Das ist ein Hund. – Das ist kein Hund.
Nicht translates more as "not" if you think about it, and kein translates to both "not" and "no":
Es ist nicht mein Teddybär - It's not my teddy bear.
Es ist kein Bär - It is no bear
It's just a matter of listening and figuring out which one is used when. But in Duolingo, they'll still ask you for "Ich bin kein Junge" and not "Ich bin nicht ein Junge".
Ps: If you need help with German, try going here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28931370
Hi! I could give you a page long explanation or a simple trick.
Wherever you would use Ein in a sentence, use Kein. (Basically just add a K.)
This counts for all the different variations of Ein, such as Eine, Einen, Einer, Einen, Einem, Eines and I can't think of more. Hehe!
Good luck with German!
So, I know German is complicated for some so I will help you out. If you would say: Er hat nicht Ahnung do you think that this sounds right? You sometimes use kein instead of nicht because it is the way you would say it.