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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
"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.
'Sein' and 'Werden' always take the nominative case, more on that here: http://www.jabbalab.com/blog/795/how-the-german-cases-work-nominative-accusative-dative-and-genitive
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).
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! :-)
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
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.
Second person singular v.s. third person singular.
You are = du bist
He/she/it is = er/sie/es ist
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
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) )