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Have I got this right? Kien vs Nicht

When using "sein", one uses "kien" as a negative (as opposed to other verbs), not "nicht"....is that right? Example - Ich bin kein Mann rather than Ich bin nicht ein Mann.

That's different from English and the rules of "not" versus "no". Just need a clear understanding.

August 7, 2012

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/collinbb2

Exactly. You cannot negate an "ein" word with "nicht."

August 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/elae

Like Collinbb2 said, it's nothing to do with using a "sein" verb. It depends on what article is being used-- if the sentence would work with the positive "ein", it gets the negative "kein". Er hat ein Sandwich, Er hat kein Sandwich, Er hat keine Sandwiche.

August 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/bel99

Thank you both very much. There are some amazing people here answering questions.

August 7, 2012
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