Yes but it is one not a/an. How does that make sense? We aren't using accusative, we are using a number. I understand that Accusative=Direct Object but if it is one how does that make sense. I can see that the word is der, making it einen because if the rules. But wouldn't the translator be a instead of one?
"Ein" is used when the apple is the subject of the sentence. "Einen" is used when the apple is the object. Ex in English in case you don't know objects and subject: "A apple tastes delicious." Ask what tastes delicious? The apple. It's the subject. "The horse eats an apple." Who is eating the apple? A horse. The horse is the subject. The apple is the object because it's being eaten and NOT performing the action.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think "das" is also for "little" things. Such as mädchen, kind etc...
It may be, but I think it is mostly arbitrary what nouns have "Das" as their article. Mädchen is an odd word, since it applies to female humans but has a neutral article. Just one more thing to remember.... I wish German had just "the" and "a" and no gender versions of those articles.
No! it depend on the sentence, you have to know that there are a "Nominative" and an "Accusative " cases (or rules ... ) : [#] Nominative = Subject ===>EIN APFEL ist rot [an apple is red] [#] Accusative = Direct object ==>Der Mann isst EINEN APFEL [the man is eating an apple] hope i helped you ;) for more visit : http://german.about.com/library/blcase_acc.htm
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