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"Das Kind isst ein Ei."

Translation:The child is eating an egg.

April 18, 2013



Einen Apfel but ein Ei, why?


Apfel is masculine and Ei is neuter. Because the egg (or the apple) is being eaten, the noun and article must be in the accusative case. "ein Ei" remains "ein Ei" in both cases for neuter words. (Just as "das" remains "das" in both cases.) "ein Apfel" becomes "einen Apfel". (Just as "der" becomes "den".)


if you weren't able to read it and see how it is spelled, it would sound like she is saying: "The child is an egg" not "The child is eating an egg" that one 's' makes a big difference :P


That's incorrect. "ist" and "isst" are pronounced exactly the same.


What's wrong with "the child eats an egg?"


what about, "this child is eating an egg". ?? not possible?


It's fine, but only if you emphasise "das".


Is this a reference to Kinder eggs? :]


Ehem. "Kinder Eier" is how you are supposed to say it :-)


They're usually called Überraschungseier or Ü-Eier here, though :)


People keep mixing up "(person) is a/the (food)" and "(person) is eating a/the (food)"

This is how you do it, if your answer doesnt make any sense whatsoever, then it's probably wrong. Take another look at your answer before checking it. Easy as that.


Ei is egg and Eis is ice cream? How would you say the plural for both?


zwei Eier is "two eggs".

Ice cream doesn't really have a plural as it's usually a mass noun. You can go and ein Eis essen but if you went with friends and had three, I'd probably say drei Eis or dreimal Eis rather than use a plural form.


I always got confused between "ist" and "isst' so I swear I heard "Das Kind isst ein Ei" and thought "The child IS an egg" :( idk why


Just give your answer a bit of thought before automatically checking it.


why does it say "Ein." when that means "A." but it says the correct answer is The child eats an egg?


A and an are really the same thing, and don't differ in translation to german. Only reason you have 'an' in English is because it's hard to say the word 'a' before a word that starts with a vowel.


Why is the meaning 'The Child eats 1 egg", when there is no "eins"?


eins means "one" only when it's by itself, without a noun. For example, if you're "spelling" a telephone number or are simply counting "one, two, three".

But "one egg" is ein Ei and "one cat" is eine Katze -- the same words as for "an egg, a cat".


Have we noticed that the computer voice pronounces "Kind" differently, in the example and when you choose the word "Kind"?


How do you differ "eats" from "is eating"?


How do you differ "eats" from "is eating"?

You don't.

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