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"Sie haben einen Sohn oder eine Tochter."

Translation:They have a son or a daughter.

June 15, 2013



How do you distinguish between "Sie haben"/They have and "Sie haben"/You(formal) have here?


That was my thought as well. I don't think there is a way to distinguish between them when "Sie/sie haben" begins the sentence. They should allow either in this case.


IT's all context. You can't tell from this sentence, so either translation could be correct.

Source: Am fluent in German and have lived in Germany for three years.


Well this sentence makes kein sinn


I translated this as "They have either one son or one daughter." I believe this is a correct answer, what do you think? Thanks!


the same here, sounds more grammatically right to me!


why in the first case is "einen" , in the second "eine" ? ??


Accusative masculine so einen Sohn and accusative feminine so eine Tochter.


Is there a German equivalent for "either"? I was tempted to put 'either a son or a daughter' but decided not to. Thanks!

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entweder ... oder ... = "either ... or ..."

weder ... noch ... = "neither ... nor ..."


How can one know that this sentence means "They have a son or a daughter." or "They are having a son or a daughter?" ?


German doesn't have a continuous present tense. In this case, the English continuous present is really about the future -- they're going to have a baby. So the German would be future tense: "Sie werden ein Kind haben," Or possibly, just "Sie sind schwanger."

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You'd say Sie sind? Not Sie ist? I mean, you talk about 'the couple' being pregnant, as opposed to 'the woman' being pregnant?


Can some one please tell me how to read the tips? Where can i find it?


As of April, 2016: When you click on a subject, before you click on a lesson, scroll down. If there are any "Tips and Notes" for that subject, they will appear below the lessons.

For example, the first subject is "Basics 1". Click on that, and you see "LESSON 1", "LESSON 2", AND "LESSON 3." Below that is, "Tips and notes". In this subject, There are "Tips and notes" for: Capitalizing nouns Three grammatical genders, three types of nouns Conjugations of the verb sein (to be) Conjugating regular verbs Umlauts No continuous aspect

NOTE: I have heard that this only works if you are using the Duolingo website on a computer--that it does not work on a Smartphone. I don't have a smartphone, so I can not confirm this.

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It also works if you use the website on a smartphone (just not in the apps, unfortunately).

The website works quite well for lessons and tips on a mobile browser, but the comments can load very slowly and often crash. I recommend doing revision on a computer occasionally, just to make better use of the extra resources people mention in the comments.

Can anyone tell me, if you're in the app (not website or mobile website) can you click this link successfully? (It's to the tips page for the first lesson, if you scroll down).


It is to the left of the hearts in the top right of the screen.


so is this a question or is it supposed to be they either have a son or a daughter or something like that?


>so is this a question or is it supposed to be they either have a son or a daughter or something like that?

The sentence does not have a question mark, so it is not a question. It may be a reply to a question. For example, "Do they have any children?" "They have a son or daughter." I think the sentence is a bit awkward. I would have said more in an answer to this question. "They have one child. I can't remember if it's a son or daughter."


This sentence seems really odd. Like you should just say they have a kid.


A son or a daughter? Is there a third option?

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