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"Ich bin der Apfel"

In the sentence "Ich bin der Apfel" why is it der instead of den? Isn't Apfel in this example in accusative case?

December 24, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Sentences with the verb "sein" ("ich bin" is first person singular present tense of "sein") always have the nominative case in both parts of the sentence.

Examples:

Wir sind die Lehrer.

Er ist ein Student.

December 24, 2018

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

Beware that 'der Affe' isn't the object of this sentence, but rather the subject complement.

English does muddle this distinction by using such idiomatic phrases as 'It is me' instead of 'It is I.'

December 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franz-Ebersburg

Affe???

December 25, 2018

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December 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franz-Ebersburg

Ich bin der Affe mit DEM Apfel.

January 2, 2019
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