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"I read a newspaper."

Translation:Ich lese eine Zeitung.

April 7, 2013



what makes a newspaper (inanimate object) require a feminine noun (eine) over a neutral one?


I would be more worried about the girl (Mädchen) being neutral if I were you.


Anything ending in chen is neutral


That's a quirk of German: grammatical gender =/= physical sex.


I believe all nouns that end with -ung are feminine.


Why was this downvoted? It's true, obviously not all words, but the suffix itself always produces feminine noun forms from a verb.


it's German. But really, every language has its own way of making feminine, masculine and neutral. (for example in my language the door would be feminine, mug masculine and so on)


There aren't very many concrete rules for why certain verbs are certain genders. There are guidelines that can be helpful but you really just have to memorize it


Ya, that is what I have been told


There is no logic behind the article and the substantive's gender. But most substantives that end in -ung, -ing, -heit, -keit, -icht will receive article "die" in german. The subst. ending with -chen are to be used with "das". There are more of these tips&tricks on the internet, but I can't remember all right now.

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    Just to clarify, Strumpfix is talking about nouns.


    Thanks for this. This is how things come to a working clarity.


    Helped alot thanks


    It looks like of the three articles, die is used more often, true?


    It literally has no reason behind it. Unfortunatley, you just have to memorize it, but there are tricks


    I wouldn't say literally no reason. Their etymology will most likely reveal the reason an inanimate object would have a non-neutral gender. For the non native speakers like us however, its just best to memorize the word with the Der/Die/Das in front of it


    What are the tricks


    Why is "eine" used here?


    Zeitung is a feminine noun. It's die Zeitung so you use "eine" and not "ein" which is used for masculine nouns. Pay attention to the tips given.


    Thank you. Actually I can't remember why I had this question at that time.


    Very good to know. Thanks for this insight


    Why newspaper is feminine? Shouldn’t be neutral?


    You just have to memorize it.

    For example:

    Star is masculine, moon is masculine, sun is feminine, sky is masculine, grass is neuter, cup is feminine, table is masculine, room is neuter, time is feminine, spoon is masculine, fork is feminine, knife is neuter.

    You'll get the hang of it as you get more practice.


    Why does a newspaper in German need a feminine noun (Eine Zeitung)? Last time I checked, newspapers didn't come with genitals.


    That, unfortunately, has nothing to do with grammatical gender, which is a way of categorizing nouns. Some languages, like Polish, have grammatical gender and then further categorize their nouns into animate and inanimate, which often has nothing to do with the actual animacy of the noun.


    I don't know when to use the word "lesen" or when to use the word "lese" yet


    Ich lese Du liest Er/sie/es liest Ihr lest Wir lesen sie lesen Sie lesen (you formal)


    If the action refers to “I” the verb always ends with an “e”.


    Depends on the person. I (Ich) lese. You (Ihr) leist. They (Sie) lesen.

    Ich lesE Ihr leseT Sie lesEN


    What is the difference between eine and einen


    eine is used with feminine nominative and accusative nouns.
    Eine Frau liest. • Die Frau liest eine Zeitung.
    Note that the grammatical gender of a noun has nothing to do with its actual gender. Zeitung seems to be neutral, but the word is grammatically feminine (die Zeitung). A Mädchen is very clearly feminine, but the noun is grammatically neutral (das Mädchen).

    [also, in plural, everything is feminine — die Frauen, die Manner, die Mädchen]

    einen is used with masculine accusative nouns.
    Ein Junge liest eine Zeitung. • Ein Mann isst einen Apfel.
    In the nominative case, masculine nouns carry ein, which changes to einen in the accusative case.

    From nominative to accusative: ein (masculine) —> einen
    eine —> eine
    ein (neuter) —> ein

    der —> den
    die —> die
    das —> das

    As you can see, only masculine articles change forms from nominative to accusative case.


    Typo: Männer, not Manner


    Im a little confused on the different words for read how do you know past tense\present tense\future tense???


    I have same question


    Ich lese -> present

    Ich habe gelesen / Ich las -> past

    Ich werde lesen -> future


    When do i use lese and not liest?a bit confused here


    I get why we have to use eine, but why does lesen become lese?


    Like all verbs in German, it depends on who's is doing the action. Am I doing it? Is he doing it? Are they doing it? Once we figure out that part, we then have to conjugate the verb to fit the answer.

    So lets say HE is reading. that would be written as Er liest.

    Lets say I am reading. That would be written as Ich lese

    Lesen is the un-conjugated root word. The word changes based on whos performing the action and when (he was reading, he is reading, he will read)

    As you can see, similar things happen in English. The original verb is "to read". This can change. He will be readING. He currently readS. He will read.

    When you see things like this, I find it helps to try and think if English has an analogous rule. Sometimes they dont, but it helps if they do.


    Lesen become lese because of ich.... When we use ich its automatically changed into lese... Like haben also... nd many more example


    Uses a feminine noun because "Zeitung" is preceded by "die" which is a definite article for feminine words, Therefore, according to the "die" uses "eine" instead of "ein"


    How the hell do you pronounce Zeitung.


    Like "z-eye-tongue" pretend you are making a buzzing bee sound but with out the b pronounced. Hope this helped.


    how do you remember Zeitung


    Just, Zeitung kay lol be used to new-form terms


    Hi, I had multiple choice q here, with eine and die Zeitung. Why not both?


    It still isn't clicking on when to use ein, eine or einen? I need someone to explain like I am 5th grader trying to learn.


    Eine in the previous lesson showed that you use it before "frauen"/"frau" which is for women/woman, which means that you use it before an adjective replacing a pronoun like so: "Mary ist eine frau." which translates to "Mary is a woman". I dont know how to explain the otger two butbi hope this helps you.


    You use "eine" before "frau" depending on the noun, verb, preposition, ect. that is before it.


    Why isn t correct both of them: Ich lese eine Zeitung/ Ich lese die Zeitung.


    Because "Eine" means "a" While "die " means "the" So in the quiz they were asking for "a" that's what makes (Ich lese eine Zeitung ) the only correct answer If that make any sense I hope it helped


    why is LESE used for READ instead of LESEN??


    Can enyone help me when to use trinkst trinke trinken

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      why not ''liest''


      Zeitung is feminine (einie Zeitung) Abfel is masculine (ein abfel or einen abfel) Buch is neutral (ein buch) how?


      I can't understand that i am reading newspaper


      Ihr lest eine Zeitung is marked incorrect. Why?


      Why is it "eine" and not "einen"?


      A pe bleni a po gatuani


      Whats the difference between lese and lesen?


      I guess "Lese" with "Ich" While "lesen" with "wir/Sie" And both od them means the same "read/to read"


      Why do we have to include 'Ich'? Is there another case that lese can be attached to other than the 'me' or 'I' conjugation?


      Why is lese used here instead of liest?


      Why is lese used and not liest?


      Why isnt it accusative?


      My answer is İch lese eine Zeitung But it say no correct answer is İch lese eine Zeitung İt is the same


      Here read is past tense? Or present how do we know?

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        How can we know that lese is used for "reads" or "am reading"?

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