I'm still confused as to why this is "einen"....I can't seem to remember why the "n" or more likely "en"?
If you say I have- manipulate- use- wear or see some(one)thing it would be the akkusative. See the table in images e.g. here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kleine-grammatik/id452837158?mt=8
Two reasons: it would be tragen instead of traegt, and also, multiple people wearing one hat doesn't make much sense.
The second reason would not apply in Duolingo. Half the sentences here don't make much sense.
They might not make sense, but the main objective is to get you familiar with verb conjugations, nouns, and sentence structure.
If duolingo gave you a sentence like "Die Frau isst den Hund", why would you use that sentence to apply to real life? As crazy as the sentence might be, it's to teach you that "die Frau" means "The woman", "isst" is the third person conjugation for "essen" which means "to eat" and "den Hund" is "the dog" which "der" switches to "den" when a masculine noun is the direct object.
That's just plain dumb to discredit the nonsensical sentences on Duolingo just because they don't make sense in meaning. The meaning might oddly be put together, but they make sense in the grammatical structure, and that's more important to take in.
You're kidding, right? Because DL most certainly is NOT tesching us how to determine which case or conjugation applies in various instances; rather, they simply throw a mix of everything at us all at once, leaving many who've never taken real courses in high german wondering just why and when such differences apply, much as Rosetta Stone does. It uses the same assumption of learning theory that if one is simply exposed/immersed to enough examples, one will eventually sort it all out somehow, at least up to this point in the lesson plan. Maybe it will work. But for many, learning another language this way can be very frustrating... If der/die/das and dem/der/den is confusing many, just wait for sie/sie/Sie and sein/dein(e/en/er), Ihr, euch, & Ihnen to pop up. Or the habe/hatte ge-verbed/t/en shows up and confuses even more by using this method. But what else is there in this format, for free?
you can't learn a language just off of duolingo, or any other one source. i have never had any language classes but i am pretty sure the classes are not just enough to teach everything. yes duolingo has an immersive appraoch to some extent, but you have to realize that to learn a language u have to research and use the internet to understand the differences between der/die/das, etc. To sum up you cant expect duolingo to teach everything.I think duolingo tries to keep u immersed and interested in the language, and does a pretty good job towards it.
Would this sentence also be translated as," She wears a care"? If not, why not?
Okay got it, I had the same question as krs777 but had forgotten about the conjugation on the verb would change. I incorrectly took the "einen" as an indication that "Sie" would be "they". Thanks
Yet, you can see the box under tragt. It is saying that would be writen "(they) wear"
That sounds like you are implying that the hat i being worn by multiple people
If hat is masculine, wouldn't "a hat" be "ein Hut"? What exactly does "einen" mean?
It has to do with the four german cases that you will have to learn. This example is einen because it is accusative. Here is a video explanation of the three most important cases as well as a table of the endings that belong to each of the cases. (each case changes the ending of the article before it in a particular way depending on the gender of the noun).
Why "she's wearing an hat" is considered wrong?? At worst it should be considered a typo. It's frustrating to get the meaning and grammar implication of a sentence and still been penalized for what is a minor mistake in English, not even in German.
That is because hat starts with a consonant, so it's article should be a instead of an
Hut is masculine right? der Hut. einen Hut in this sentence is accusative then. shouldn't it be she wears one hat ? i guess it can't be she wears an hat because it doesn't sound right..but shouldn't those two be my options? one or an? why is it a hat?
Well it would be "a hat" which means a singular hat "an hat" is not correct. We only use "an" when the next word starts with a vowel. We use "a" when it is a consonant. A hat. An arrow. A cat. An ocean. In this context "a" means a singular hat. I hope that helps.
Well its actually only when it starts with a vowel sound. We say an hour for instance
OK, Schoenhofer should have written "when the next word starts with a vowel sound". That covers cases like "hour" where the letter "h" is silent and like "uniform" where the first sound is /j/ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatal_approximant): "an hour" and "a uniform".
But why 'einen' while it is used for the object hat Not for the sibject She. Some one explain PLZ
Why this constant use of passive voice in the English translations? "She wears a hat," is proper active voice.
If trägt can mean both "is wearing" and "is carrying", isn't that going to be really confusing?
we say " ein Hut " , (masculine singular) , in accusative case it becomes "einen Hut"