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"Du bist ein Mann."

Translation:You are a man.

April 1, 2013

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Its hard to tell the difference between 'bist' and 'ist'. is there another way without listening..?


Du is the 2nd person singular hence it must be "bist". "Ist" belongs to 3rd person singular like er, sie, es


So ist as is and bist as are?


why not "Du bist einen Mann."


It's the nominative case, not accusative.


"Mann" isn't the object of the sentence. "Du" is the subject, but it also refers to "Mann" so it's still in the accusative.


Thank you for that link! "The nominative case is used for a person, animal or thing which is doing the action. In this case, you will be able to ask: Who/What did or is something? The nominative case is always used after the verbs sein and werden."


"Du bist ein Mann" - why is (ein) in lower case? instead of capital letters?


Nouns in German are capitalized. "Ein" is an article (like "a/an" and "the" in english), and is only capitalized at the beginning of sentences (such as this one).


when we use "Sie" and when we use "Du", the both mean "You" !!!!???


du = you (singular, informal)
ihr = you (plural, formal)
Sie = you (singular or plural, formal)

informal = friends, family, people you know well, children
formal = people you don't know, elders, employers, instructors

They all conjugate differently. See the table at the intro to Basics 1:


So if this sentence was singular formal, it would be "Sie bist ein Mann" right? Because "Sie ist ein Mann" would be "She is a man".


Du bist ein Mann = You are a man = singular, informal
Sie sind ein Mann = You are a man = singular or plural, formal
Ihr seid ein Mann = You are a man = plural, informal
Sie ist ein Mann = She is a man

In general, you wouldn't call multiple people a man, but if you use your imagination, two people could dress up to play a giant man in a play or something.

Hope that answers your question! :-)


Is that right to say Sie ist eine mann.or du bist eine mann ?


No. "Mann" is a masculine noun. "Eine" is the article for feminine nouns.

  • Sie ist eine Frau = She is a woman (Frau is a feminine noun)
  • Du bist eine Frau = You are a woman (Frau is a feminine noun)

  • Der Mann, ein Mann = the man, a man (Mann is a masculine noun)

  • Die Frau, eine Frau = the woman, a woman

Have a look at this: http://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/det_01.html


What does (es) mean??


Without any content es means it.


When do you use it??


Maybe you can give this a read: http://yourdailygerman.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/learn-german-online-meat-the-team-i-you-she-and-so-on/

It introduces personal pronouns and genders in German. You can't explain one thing without the other, especially when it comes to he/she/it.


What is the difference between dist and ist?


Second person singular v.s. third person singular.

You are = du bist
He/she/it is = er/sie/es ist


What is different between ein and eine


That's a lesson from last chapter man ein is for masculine gender while eine for feminine


I am pretty sure its Masculine (ein) and feminine (eine). So "Frau" is a woman, therefore you use "eine". And "Mann" is a man, so you would use "ein", samething for "junge" (boy).


why "you are an man" isn't ALSO correct? Doesn't we ein/eine/ein translate like a/an/one?


In English you only use "an" before vowels. Otherwise, you use "a".

  • a man
  • a horse
  • an orange
  • an apple


You are a husband. Got it wrong for that.

Mann can mean husband?


Yes and Frau can mean wife. One has to decide by context what is meant. In this case IMHO husband wouldn't be right,, because is sound like a simple statement about my gender. I think most of the time something like my or her is used before man to indicate husband, e.g.

Du bist mein Mann (You are my man (=husband) ) Du bist ihr Mann (You are her man (=husband) )


If ihr stands for her, what stands for his?


Sein stands for his


But not sein like be Sein is also an obejectpronoun

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