"The man is eating an apple."
Translation:Der Mann isst einen Apfel.
I agree. I keep forgetting to think 1. what's the gender (when not just saying "the")? and 2. is it accusative or nominative?
I eat = ich esse He/she eats = er/sie isst I drink = ich trinke He/she drinks = er/sie trinkst
Just thought of this potential "Eselsbrücke" (donkey bridge a.k.a. mnemonic aid).
Remember Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner!" = "I am a Berliner!"? "ein Berliner" is the nominative object, i.e. the noun or subject "Berliner" is in its basic form (as we memorize nouns). Just add "Ich sehe einen Berliner!" = "I see a Berliner!" to it. Here, "einen Berliner" is the accusative object, its article is changing, "ich" is the nominative object acting upon the accusative object. Now you will memorize that "ein" is used for masculine nominative objects and "einen" for masculine accusative objects.
What's the difference between Einen and den when used with a word like apple?
Why has it changed from einen to den, BACK to einen?
Einen = a / an; It's general, like "Get me an apple" suggests that you don't care which apple, just any apple will do.
Den = the; It's more specific, "Get me the apple" would mean you want a specific apple you were talking about before.
One is definite, and the other is indefinite. "Ich will einen Apfel - egal welchen." - "I want [an/one] apple - no matter which one." "Ich will den Apfel - und keinen anderen." - "I want that apple - and no other one."
Or did you mean the cases in general?
To me Apfel it comes with the article Die, Even thought if it is accusative it has to be another Noun with DER IN order to use einen Apfel
Can someone help me on isst and esse and trink, trinkst,(only eat and drink) Thanks!
accusative, wait..........dative, right? but we have had no discussion of such.