how to find whether eine will be consider as "a" or "an" .... i am confused .... Thanks :)
it has nothing to do with "eine"! it's about English grammar; when a word begins with a vowel u should use "an" and when it begins with a consonant u should use "a"
I don't think there is "a" and "an" in German. Ein is used before Masculine and Neuter terms and Eine is used before Feminine terms.
Why is this ¸eine Orange"? I thought the word was ¸Apfelsine", or at least it was when I took a year of German in school, in 1983.
"Orange" and "Apfelsine" are synonyms.
In Southern Germany you would rather say "Orange", in the North rather "Apfelsine". Wikipedia taught me this right now... I say "Orange" (I am living in Baden-Württemberg, thats in the south of Germany), but I know what "Apfelsine" is, just wouldn't use the word. So Wikipedia seems to be right. ;-)
In speech you can't, you'd simply have to rely on context (and maybe the fact that you don't usually say "he is an orange").
In writing however, "isst" ([he/she/it] eats) has an extra s compared to "ist" ([he/she/it] is).
It is 'eine' because "Die Orange" is feminine and both nominative and accusative feminine 'a/an' are 'eine'.
Die Orange is feminine. In German you'll need to get used to the idea of adjective/article endings changing dependant on the gender of the nouns and the case (nominative, accusative, dative, or possessive).
Why not? Ein and Eine both means "a" or "one". Ein is used before Masculine and Neuter terms and Eine is used before Feminine terms. Apple is considered Masculine term. So "An apple" will be "Ein Apfel". Do note that "An" is not an issue here. Orange is considered Female. So "An orange" will be "Eine Orange". Again, "An" has nothing to do with it.
its so difficult to pronounce "orange" in german ! can anybody help ??
It was borrowed from the french word for orange. If you look it up on a pronunciation website like Forvo, you can listen to French speakers say it; it's basically the same. Good luck, hope that helps!
It's because einen only applies to masculine nouns in the accusative case, not neuter or feminine ones
THANK YOU I've been getting various questions wrong because technically the nouns were in accusative so, I thought it would become 'einen' or 'den'. Couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong!
So far I know, there is no "An" in German. Einen is used for Accusative Masculine Terms. Just like "Der" changes to "Den" before Accusative Masculine Terms. Ein and Eine both means "a" or "one". Ein is used before Masculine and Neuter terms and Eine is used before Feminine terms. Apple is considered Masculine term. So "An apple" will be "Ein Apfel". Do note that "An" is not an issue here. If the apple is the accusative term, then "Ein Apfel" will change to "Einen Apfel". Same will happen for "Der Apple" which will change to "Den Apfel" Orange is considered Female. So "An orange" will be "Eine Orange". Again, "An" has nothing to do with it.
Well, it's not easy my friend. However, if you listen carefully, you'll here "eh" in the beginning for Er and a long "e" sound for Ihr as in "beet" or "street"
What ia different simple present with simple present continuos in grammatical deutch? Thanks
Sorry, I dont understand why in similar sentences we say "einen Apfel", because of its role as a complement, but in this situation we simply write "eine". :S
It has to do with the genders of the words, and the accusative and dative cases.
First off the genders of the words. "Apfel" is masculine, meaning it has the der article, so you would just say "ein Apfel", while Orange is feminine meaning it's "die Orange", and then we make the ein "eine".
Then there's also accusative. Accusative case is when something is the accusative object of a sentence, IE Subject verb X, like he eats X, then X is the accusative object. And when a word is the accusative object and it's masculine, the article changes from der to den, which is why we have "einen Apfel". Dative is basically the same thing (but under different conditions of course), but der and das becomes dem, die becomes der, and die (in plural) becomes der+n.
There are also words which explicitly control either dative or accusative (and sometimes both), but they're for another time.