"He is drinking."

Translation:Er trinkt.

April 15, 2013

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I am confused with the endings like trinkst and trinke and trinkt can someone help me please?

April 7, 2014


Trinkst used with 'du' Trinke used with 'Ich' Trinkt used with 'er/sie/es'

July 18, 2014


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January 19, 2018


The correct sentence would be "He drinks"

April 15, 2013


Both "He drinks" and "He is drinking" are good translations of "Er trinkt".

April 15, 2013


Then how can I separate'He drinks' and 'He is drinking' ?

August 1, 2014


German lacks a progressive/continuous form for its verbs. Basically, you can't do something like "Er ist trinken." Some forms of German do offer a way to express the concept that there is a continuous action going on. "Er ist am trinken," is one way. "Er trinkt gerade," is another. In formal speech, I understand the first (so-called Rhinish Progressive form) is not accepted in formal situations, but if you want to make it clear that not only does the person in question drink, he is actually drinking at this moment, you can use it or the word 'gerade' which transforms 'he drinks' into 'he drinks currently', another way of saying 'he is drinking right now.'

March 22, 2018


It depends on the context, I think.

March 24, 2015


Translated backwards, I agree, but ist = is, right? So, literally, er (he) ist (is) trinkt (drinking)

May 8, 2013


"er ist trinkt" doesn't make any sense.

May 8, 2013



August 13, 2014


Literally, yes it translates to "Er ist trinken" However, German grammar does not function like American grammar, so one would just say "Er trinkt." In a sense, the ist is already implied so you would not use it. When I first started learning German in 2007 it was confusing to me too, but it is actually really easy to remember when you get the hang of it :) Just keep it up and I'm sure you'll all be fine! Good luck :)

November 14, 2014


Well I would Agree with if if the defenition did not say "(He/She/It) Drinks/Is Drinking" There is no need for ist in the sentence.

July 19, 2014


Nowadays I'm sure that's ok. Just got confused at the first time...

May 8, 2013


What if i want to refer to the alcoholism of a person by saying he drinks? Well, he won't be around drinking then. So how do i say that? :P

February 23, 2014


wouldn't it be "Er ist trinkt" since he IS drinking?

May 10, 2013


German doesn't have a continuous aspect. Both "He drinks" and "He is drinking" translate as "Er trinkt".

May 10, 2013


no its wrong aspect that german dont have contineous aspect,,,,they have and in presnt and contineous ,,we must used diffrent verbs

August 22, 2013


I'm not sure what you're trying to say.

August 22, 2013


"Er ist trinkt" would literally "He is drinks"

October 7, 2017


Could be well translated as Er trinkt gerade which is sometimes used to give the idea of continuosness

December 21, 2013


Shouldn't it be "er ist trinkt"? Correct if i m wrong.

December 24, 2013


No. Please read the previous comments.

December 24, 2013


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December 24, 2013


Thanks for correction:)

December 24, 2013


why did is dissapear

December 11, 2017


Basically, you don't use 'is + the -ing form' in any variant in German to express continuous action. You can say 'Er trinkt' when you mean he is a habitual drinker ("Does Bob drink?" "Yes, he drinks.") and when you mean to say he's currently drinking ("Does Bob have a beer right now?" "Yes, he is drinking it.")

If you must be absolutely clear that he's drinking right now, you can either use the Rhinish Progressive Form, which is a regional dialect that may be taking off in Germany, or you can add the word 'gerade' (means currently in this context) to the sentence. "Hat Bob ein Bier?" "Ja, er trinkt gerade."

March 22, 2018


Please tell me about when we use trinkt, trinke, trinkst, and trinken? Danke

December 26, 2017


German verbs, like English verbs, change forms to match the subject.

I drink, you drink, he/she/it drink_s_, we/you/they drink.

German's a bit more aggressive about that change, though.

Ich trink_e_, du trink_st_, er/sie/es trink_t_, wir trink_en_, ihr trink_t_, sie trink_en_.

Note that Germans have a distinct word for 'y'all', ihr, and it has its own verb form.

This is called 'conjugating' a verb, and while most verbs follow this form, a few do not and need to be learned separately.

Ich bin, du bist, er/sie/es ist, wir sind, irh seid, sie sind.

Ich habe, du hast, er/sie/est hat, wir haben, ihr habt, sie haben.

Just two examples. And misusing verb conjugations is as bad as saying 'you has' in English. I'm not sure how lolcats speak German, but we don't talk like lolcats in normal conversation in English, so please don't in German. :D

March 22, 2018
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