"Er trinkt Milch."

Translation:He drinks milk.

June 25, 2013



I am having trouble with the word for drink/drinking. When do I use which form?

November 7, 2013


Like others have pointed out, it is difficult to say which word is correct unless the context is given.

But the best way for u to learn would be by coupling words.. Like "Ich trinke", "Ich esse", "Er trinkt", "Er isst", "Du trinkst", "wir essen", etc..

If those pair of words stick to your mind u'll never go wrong in the future :-) I'm sorry if I have used any wrong pair of words above, but I hope u got the idea I was trying to convey :-)

August 21, 2015


Also ihr trinkt

December 30, 2018


In real live it would depend on context. Here on duolingo usually both forms are correct translations because they don't provide context.

If it makes you feel better, we have no conditional form, but we somehow have to figure out how to use it in English and that is a problem (at least for me) ;-)

March 17, 2014


'drinking' is not conditional, it is continuous. conditional is 'if... then' continuous is 'at this present moment' where as the simple present is 'in general I do', if that helps at all? if you aren't doing it right at the moment of speaking, you use the simple present

August 14, 2016


@Amanda Walton It says when you have to type the English translation to press the word like Trinkt then it shows you the forms

July 2, 2015


I have trouble knowing when it says Ihr or Er

November 3, 2014


er = he, ihr = you. Ihr is the plural form of "you" used for family and friends. er sounds like air, and ihr sounds like ear

June 14, 2017


Not on this one it doesn't. Er sounds very much like ihr...and sounds more like 'ear'

August 9, 2018


Same here

November 3, 2014


Me too! Also 'sie' and 'ihr'. The audio quality is the biggest cause of my wrong answers

August 9, 2018


Is there a way to realize when the website voice says "Ihr" or "Er"? Because to me, they sound exactly the same and I keep getting answers wrong for it.

September 24, 2015


Me too!

August 9, 2018


I'm having a hard time pronouncing milk...well.. " milch" the ch is what I'm getting stuck on.

March 18, 2015


The speakers on the DuoLingo recordings are pronouncing the "ch" like "sh", (Milsh), which is how people pronounced it in the area of southern Germany where I spent some time. We were told that in northern Germany "ch" was pronounced more like the "ch" in the Scottish word "loch". (Milch, just like it's spelled.)

June 14, 2017


actually my problem is if I should pronounce the L or no :D

July 11, 2015


Yes, pronounce it. It's like the "l" in "ill".

June 14, 2017


I just sound like i have a lisp when i say it...

September 13, 2015


No puedo pronunciar Milch xD

March 22, 2014


Solo es cuestion de practica, creo yo....recuerda que ch suena como ^J^ si no lleva una S antes. Si de algo te sirve mi comentario.. : )

February 8, 2015


Muchas gracias m8.

February 10, 2015


Please, fix the pronunciation between "Ihr" and "Er" is impossible to listen any differencd, even in "slow play mode"... Danke!

July 17, 2018


lol i forgot that er was a word and i totally guesseed :P

August 26, 2013


Er= He

October 10, 2014


How can I pronounce Milch..? Is it like mil-ssshh

July 28, 2014


Place your lips and tongue as though you're about to say the word 'yes' (naturally, without exaggerating), or the J in 'Junge', then round your lips slightly and curve the sides of your tongue upwards slightly, with the blade of your tongue in the same place or slightly lowered, and while holding that position, blow air gently out towards outside of your mouth, feeling the air pass audibly on your tongue.

The sound is made by constricting the air flow, like with the English 'sh'. If the sound you produce sounds similar but with a higher pitch, you're doing it right. As with 'sh', the sound is short rather than held.

Try practising the sound again with the word 'ich', then with 'ich habe'. You know you're doing it right when it sounds natural to say the 'ch' in the word 'Loch' from 'Loch Ness', which is the same sound but made slightly further back in the mouth. That sound also appears in German and both are written as 'ch'.

January 6, 2015


I usually try to pronounce the German 'ch' as if you were trying to mimic a cat hissing or TV/radio static.Sort of a weird, soft 'k'. Don't know if that's proper, but it's worked for me.

August 18, 2014


Don't know how to explain it, if you were Dutch then you'd to pronounce it like [Mil-g] ... Try to listen on google translate. ;)

August 1, 2014



September 23, 2015


Does anyone know the difference between trinkst, trinkt, and trinken?

October 13, 2014


What would the past tense be when he drank milk

October 29, 2014


Er trank milch.

Different cogugations for (trinke) past tense first table in this page http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_trinkenP.htm

November 10, 2014


Ok what letters are you suposed to capitalize? I have an idea but I'm not sure

October 30, 2014


As far as i know ypu capitalize the first letter in every sentence and noun

February 5, 2015



November 23, 2014


Why in Milch, M is capital?

November 19, 2014


It is a noun

November 23, 2014


I think in German it is the same to use SIMPLE PRESENT tense than PRESENT PROGRESSIVE for what I see.

February 8, 2015


"He drinks milk" and "He is drinking milk" would both be translated the same ("Er trinkt Milch". Also I can't think of an exception of this scheme.

February 8, 2015


I am slightly confused with the term Milch here. I scroll over the word and it tells me it's the feminine form of the word yet a man is drinking it.

March 4, 2015


How is Er in this context he? Duo linguo confuses me. It lists Er as he/she/it giving me no impression of gender

March 5, 2015


Can "He drinks milk" also mean he drinks milk in general, or just that particular milk?

June 3, 2015


Wat's the meaning of Der & Das

July 7, 2015


"Er" isn't he is it?

June 26, 2017

  1. Can nouns take both masculine and feminine? Or even neuter?
  2. If so, why is the feminine word for 'milk' used when thee subject is masculine?


August 27, 2017


I always mix up feminine and masculine words is there any way I can tell the difference between them somehow?

October 8, 2017


why we can not use "he drinks milk" in the place of "he is drinking milk"

November 15, 2017


It sounds like er Someone write how er sounds and how ihr sounds like !!

April 24, 2018


Why not ' He drinks milk'?

April 25, 2018


When she says "er" it sounds exactly the same as when she says "ihr"

May 13, 2018


having real trouble in this exercise with the female voice, I can't hear any differentiation between er and ihr, I would expect er to sound more as if it is veering towards air, and ihr, as if it veers towards ear. And, if I'm right, as trinkt could be either third person singular - er trinkt or second person plural, ihr trinkt, clarity in pronunciation is vital. The particular exercise has two identical sounding phrases to to write, one of which is er trinkt and one of which is ihr trinkt. Grrr

May 28, 2018


How can the following two be differentiated: He drinks milk He is drinking milk

June 12, 2018


How to pronounce Er and Ihr ???

September 29, 2018


Why there is no difference between continuous verb and present?

April 11, 2019


Just because that's how German, and some other languages, developed. The idea of the simple present and present continuous can still be there, but you just have to know from the context what is meant because the two ideas are written the same way.

April 11, 2019


How would you say this in past tense?

April 25, 2019
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