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"Das ist ein Liter."

Translation:That is a liter.

September 13, 2013



Liter weirdly pronounced


Why is 'This is one liter' not marked as a correct answer?


I wrote "This is one liter", and it got accepted as correct. *30.12.2015


Why is it not litre


"Litre" and "liter" are both accepted.

I'm not used to the American spelling (of a metric word!), so every time I see it, it looks like "lighter" to me, not "leeter".


why is it "ein Liter" and not "einen Liter" if Liter is masculine?


The nominative is "ein Liter".



We are still in nominative case because the subject is being described.


The verb "sein" (= to be) is special, both the "subject" and the "object" take the nominative case. It's sort of like how in older English they said "I am he" rather than "I am him".

So while "I have a liter" = "Ich habe einen Liter"

"This is a liter" = "Das ist ein Liter"


Can someone tell me when to use 'das' and when to use 'diese' for 'this'. The question is probably out of context here.. but I can never understand it.


In colloquial German "dies" is definitely less common. So, if you use "dies" instead of "das" it sounds more nerdy or posh.

Other than that., if you use "dies" you'd probably be more likely to be pointing at the object than if you used "das", for instance, on a map or on a picture. "Dies ist mein Auto." - "This is my car" (pointing at a picture of it). But it's more common to say "Das ist mein Auto." whether it'd be in a picture or in real life.

Also, you use "dies" (or declinations of it) if you previously mentioned the object you're talking about.

For instance, say that with your first car you drove all around Europe. You'd introduce it with "Mein erstes Auto war ein Käfer" - "My first car was a beetle."

"Mit diesem Auto bin ich nach der Schule durch ganz Europa gefahren." - "With this car I drove through all of Europe right out of school."


Mabi77 in this question it does not show a one word


Pronunciation: the vowel "i" is pronounced to short. Check this website please: https://forvo.com/search/liter/de/


what's the pl of liter?


Maybe this is a stupid question, but what is a liter?


A litre (or liter in American spelling) is a unit of measurement in the metric system equal to 1000 cubic centimetres. It's about 1/4 of a gallon, if that helps. In beer gardens, beer comes in either half litres (0.5L) or litres.


A liter is a member of an ancient German tribe situated near the city of Munich. In the 19th century liters migrated to Munich in large numbers at the end of September to become steins. Steins are big mugs made of glazed clay that contain a liquid drink, mostly beer. A stein could hold about a quart of liquid. Nowadays steins hold a little less liquid than a quart, also known as a liter, stemming from said ancient German tribe. A liter of beer is a common expression on today's Munich Oktoberfest, where steins of beer are sold to tourists from all over the world.


I don't know if you're kidding, but a litre is the volume of 1 kilogram of water at 0 °C (the temperature where it turns to ice) and 1 atmosphere of pressure. That volume fits in a 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm cube, so 1 litre = 1 dm³.


Thanks :) Sounded weird to me without saying 'a liter of...' so i thought perhaps a liter was something else I hadn't heard of.


A liter is actually slightly more than a quart.


It's a measurement of volume


You are the best ever OscarASchli


How come it is DAS IST EIN LITER but it is ER HAT EINEN LITER?


For the second one, it is in the accusative case. 'Er' is the subject and 'Liter' is the direct object, therefore 'ein' becomes 'einen'. You can refer to this website if you are confused about how German cases work - http://www.jabbalab.com/blog/795/how-the-german-cases-work-nominative-accusative-dative-and-genitive

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