Both pocket and bag can be translated to "Tasche", but a coat doesn't have bags, so you can guess it from the context.
im still quite confused about when to use kein, keine and keinen. Can anybody kindly explain?
Depends on the case (nominative, accusative, etc.) and gender of the following word. I need to look up the relevant tables in a German grammar book - I forget the rules, too.
It follows the same rules as conjugating adjectives when you don't have a definite article (der, die, oder das)
Not quite, because there is no ending in masculine and neuter nominative singular nor in neuter accusative singular.
We say sauberes Wasser but kein Wasser rather than keines Wasser.
Also, the genitive singular of masculine and neuter nouns is different: keines Wassers but sauberen Wassers.
kein inflects like ein in the singular. (But like the strong adjective inflection in the plural.)
It maybe just the word choice. In English one can say "The coat has no pockets." or "The coat doesn't have a pocket." Both sentences sound fine.
So if I was writing 'keine', it would mean something like "he does not read many books, he is reading newspapers instead", keine is for specific objects and nicht for actions (verbs). Did I got it right?
This link really helped me see when to use keine vs. nicht. http://german.about.com/od/grammar/a/German-Negation.htm
Thanks for posting this resource! The indefinite article piece to use kein/keine is great.
When it slows down its sounds like "hats" instead of "hat" that's why I got it wrong\
What is keine describing? The coat or the pockets? If it's the pockets why is keine not kein because it is plural?
I dont want to sound like a moron, but does anyone know of table that explains noun, pronoun, adjective, ect?
I thought "Keinen" is used when it's accusative, in this case the pockets are the objects so shouldn't it be keinen??
Der Mantel hat keine Taschen. and Der Mantel hat keine Tasche. are both correct German sentences, but they have different implications.
Der Mantel hat keine Taschen. with plural Taschen means "The coat has no pockets. / The coat does not have any pockets." It implies that you would expect a coat to have several pockets.
Der Mantel hat keine Tasche. with singular Tasche means "The coat has no pocket. / The coat does not have a pocket." It impies that you would expect the coat to have exactly one pocket -- but it doesn't.
So if Tasche can mean both pockets or bags, then what does Tüte mean?
Careful: Tasche is the singular ("pocket", "bag"); the plural ("pockets", "bags") would be Taschen.
A Tüte is generally lightweight and flimsier. For example, a plastic bag or a paper bag are a Plastiktüte or Papiertüte while a re-usable shopping bag made out of cotton or similar material would probably be an Einkaufstasche rather than Einkaufstüte.