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

"Er isst seinen Apfel nicht."

April 10, 2013

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

Why not "seine"?


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

"seine" would work for the plural "Äpfel" or a feminine word like "die Orange", but "Apfel" is masculine singular.


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

Why use "seine" Accusative?? Not "seine"Nominative??


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

Because Apfel is direct object, so ACCUSATIVE


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

why not "its apple"?


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

Sounds like "Er isst einen Apfel nicht"


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

Can someone explain why "He won't eat his apple" is incorrect? It may have a slightly different meaning but feels a lot more natural than "He doesn't eat his apple".


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

There's no difference between Present Simple and Present Continuous in German like it's in English, so both "He doesn't eat his apple" (I realize this one sounds unnatural in English, so just for example) and "He is not eating his apple" are "Er isst seinen Apfel nicht" in German. This is exactly why you're allowed to use both of those translations.

Generally "He won't eat his apple" would be something like "Er wird seinen Apfel nicht essen", however difference between Present and Future tenses are not that stale in German, so in fact you could say "Er isst seinen Apfel nicht" to indicate the future. I think they could mark "He won't eat his apple" as an improper answer to not mess in our heads when we start covering real future tense. :)


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

Thanks for the info :D

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