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

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

September 21, 2018

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

Thanks! I'll google translate that page later, it looks quite useful lol

September 21, 2018

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

It is! I've used it before as well. Thanks for the recommendation SchonBaume

Ps. Your "correct" name should be "SchöneBäume" XD

September 21, 2018

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

Bitte schön. thanks for the tip. but i have tried it before and sounds like Duo won't accept words include umlaut as name.

September 21, 2018

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

Bitte schön.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

Use Kein for nouns
And nicht for others

September 21, 2018

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

Thanks! So it's "das ist nicht wein" instead of "das ist kein wein"

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dinoma77

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.

September 22, 2018

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

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".

Good luck!

Ps: If you need help with German, try going here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28931370

September 21, 2018

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

Thanks! I'm kinda getting it

September 21, 2018

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

Yup!

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Hi! I could give you a page long explanation or a simple trick.
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!

September 21, 2018

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

Thanks! It really helped

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

You're welcome! Enjoy your languages.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna7187

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.

September 21, 2018

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

ohh I kinnndaa get it, although I'm more focused on the reading and writing bit. Thanks anyway :-)

September 21, 2018
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