"Sehen Sie den Lehrer?"

Translation:Do you see the teacher?

April 11, 2013



Why is "Do they see the teacher?" wrong?

February 23, 2019


I wrote. "Did you see the teacher?" Which is wrong. I'm guessing because its present tense and not past tense... Also a little fuzzy on the used of "den". Why not "der?"

April 11, 2013


You're right about the present tense. "Den" instead of "der" because it is a masculine (singular) noun, and it is in the accusative case.
Case link: http://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/cas_01.html
Definite article link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_declension#Definite_articles.5B1.5D

If this seems overwhelming, my suggestion is to bookmark the pages and refer to them often. With just a little practice (and studying) you'll get the general gist of it and be able to answer some of your own questions. And if not, then just keep asking!

April 11, 2013


I see! Thank you.

So for two masculine nouns, one the subject, the other the object:

der [subject] VERB den [object].

"der" marks the subject, and den marks the object, so it would follow that the following would have the same meaning (regardless of order of the subject and object, unlike English where order matters):

den [object] VERB der [subject].

April 11, 2013


The hover-over offers Lehrer as teacher or teachers. How does this one work? Is it like "gemüse?" Such as taking the plural form always and marking it with das or die?

May 18, 2018
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