Why not "Ich habe einen Pferd"?
"Pferd" is a neuter word. Neuter words receive "ein" in Akkusativ.
Duolingo is really helping all of us memorize Genders of Nouns, which is a challange for all German lang learners. "Das Pferd" is neuter because there are other feminin and masculin words for "Horse".
it needs to be ich habe ein Pferd
The different forms of "have" are so confusing
It's rather simple really. You just have to memorize the sequence of conjugation ending (Haben= -e, -st, -t, -en, -t, en). Am sure you can see the it here -> "Ich habe", "Du hast", "Sie/Er/Es hat", "Wir haben", "Ihr habt", "Sie (plural) haben". :)
Thank you so much @DonAriff, that's the best explanation I've seen so far.
No understand, some much to learn
In English we only have to - have and has - but the principle is the same.
When I studied abroad in Germany, I learned that many folks say "Ich hab" instead of "Ich habe." Is that regional? Duolingo doesn't seam to like it here.
It is colloquial.
Can someone explain Pferd's pronunciation? The "pf" sound seems missing.
It's like a p sound but using your teeth and bottom lip instead of both lips. It's called an unvoiced labio-dental plosive, linguistically speaking.
THANK YOU for that description! It really helped me to mentally picture how to pronounce the "pf" sound in "pferd."
It's pronounced as "fair-d".
I got penalised for putting "ein Pferd" and told eine, but now I'm being shown "ein Pferd" on the next page!!
I think you should report the "eine Pferd" as an error: "Pferd" is a neuter word and should never have the article "eine". What was the sentence that contained this?
A bit strange das Pferd ist ein Pferd ...
Ich habe ein Vogel
It's funny cause in german "slang" ( best word i have ) that would mean you're crazy xD
In which case does "habe" or "haben" must be used
"habe" is used because the subject is "I" (Ich habe). If the subject was "they" (Sie), you would use "haben".
This is my favorite verse.