"Der Junge isst einen Apfel."

Translation:The boy is eating an apple.

April 27, 2013



can someone explain why is einen and not ein? I really can't understand the difference between nominative and accusative in this sentence..

April 9, 2014

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Subjects in a sentence are in "Nominativ" case, objects in "Akkusativ" case. These are the same for nouns, EXCEPT when a word is masculine (der Apfel). Then, "der" becomes "den", and "ein" becomes "einen".

May 23, 2017


ME TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 16, 2015


einen is "an" ein is a or one

May 16, 2014


Thats not true. For example: Das ist ein Haus -> This is a house. Not ONE house, EIN Haus.

einen = one f.e. : I eat an apple // Ich esse einen Apfel (mask.) eine = one f.e. : I have a flower // Ich habe eine Blume (fem.) ein = one f.e. : I have a hore // Ich habe ein Pferd


ein = ON aus = OFF f.e.: I am switching the TV on/off // I schalte den Fernseher an/aus

b.r. Native Speaker

July 29, 2014


Actually, words (nouns, pronouns, articles, adjectives) in German are either masculine, feminine, neuter, or plural. They take corresponding articles and adjectives. it get very complicated real fast. But what is nice about this approach is that they get you used to using the right articles with the nouns, the way a child would learn the language from his/her mother.

September 24, 2014


I said that and it said I was wrong.

November 8, 2017


In German all nouns are capitalized.

July 20, 2013


Why doesn't the site provide those information instead of scrolling all these comments ?

April 17, 2015


because it encouraje us to socialize, making duolingo a great community of speakers. believe me, it's like everyum growing up on the language, and turning into a teacher about the things these people have learned

May 23, 2015

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check out the web version, where you can find tips on many skills.

May 4, 2017


Working with Nominative and Accusative cases. Some examples: Der Junge isst einen Apfel. (der Apfel and der Junge are Masculine singular) Die Frau isst einen Apfel. Das Mädchen isst einen Apfel.
Die Männer essen einen Apfel. plurals are all the same when used in the nominative case (subject/predicate nominative).

Der Bär frisst einen Jungen. The apple eats a boy. Der Bär frisst eine Frau. The apple eats a woman. Der Bär frisst ein Madchen. The apple eats a girl. Der Bär frisst - there is no plural for "one." Whew! But for several, or a few: ein paar, einige.

October 3, 2014


ha, i put the boy is an apple Im so dumb!!!!!!

January 8, 2017


Why do they capitalize the nouns?

July 17, 2013


It's just how it developed. It was discussed for years to drop capitalization. Proponents said it would make German easier. Opponents say that it leads to ambiguities. One common example was "Ich habe liebe Genossen" (I have nice buddies) vs. "Ich habe Liebe genossen" (I enjoyed love).

January 1, 2014


because they hate you

November 1, 2013


can someone tell me why i got it wrong for putting a apple instead of an apple that is a simple mistake a typo really

July 14, 2017


because it does not make much sense. It needs to teach you the difference, so when there is a sentence like a number you may put an number which wont make sense so it needs to teach you. Does that make sense?

October 12, 2017


Seriously, her pronunciation sucks. She clearly says “Dir” in both regular and slo-mo—not “Der.”

May 28, 2018


Why is it "isst einen apfel"why isst after Junge??

September 2, 2018


I wish they would let you skip when you want to after 5 trys

January 25, 2019


The boy eats an Apple and the boy is eating an apple. Both are correct . But how??

May 5, 2019


I never says the boy is EATING, right? It just says 'the boy is an apple' in my mind. Can someone please explain how the answer thinks he's eating?

June 27, 2019


Why "the boys eat an apple" is not correct?

August 3, 2019


Problem: I said "The boy eat an apple" and it said "the boy eats an apple."

November 8, 2017


When I posted it I said "i" the first time only. I have poor English grammar. Or maybe it's just that English is THE hardest language to learn as a second language(or primary).

November 8, 2017


I DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 8, 2017


The hardest ? Have you tried french ? ;)

April 16, 2018

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November 30, 2017


I think we use einen before a noun when it starts with a vowel (eg :- An apple - einen Apfel) wheares we use ein before a noun starting with consonant (eg :- A man - ein Mann) . If I have made any mistake , then please leave a reply .

July 17, 2018


Junge is not only "boy"

March 19, 2014


yes it is

July 12, 2014
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