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"You are eating the apple."

Translation:Ihr esst den Apfel.

December 24, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eleonoraonline

To recap, are the potential correct answers to this as follows: Du isst den Apfel. Ihr esst den Apfel. Sie essen den Apfel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caileen7

I believe so! Du isst den Apfel. (You = singular, informal) Ihr esst den Apfel. (You = plural, informal) Sie essen den Apfel. (You = singular/plural, formal)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JordanMuzquiz

I understand the rules from german to english. But how can you discern whether they want singular, informal or plural informal etc. simply from the word "you"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RahulBindra

Actually the key is to look at the form of the verb "essen" in this case. This form is typically used with plurals and that is how I eliminated Du from the choice (Du = singular)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d3t3rm1n3d

Why doesn't Sie = she?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GraceRosier

Sie can mean formal you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JMZinicola

As GraceRosier noted, "Sie" can be a formal form of "you". However, an important difference to note for that use case is that it will always be capitalized. Conversely, "sie" (referring to "she" or "they") would normally only be capitalized at the start of a sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

The forms of "Sie" are pretty easy to understand. I don't get the verb conjugations at all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EastShadow

I chose the 'Du isst' one and it said that i was wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Will836770

Tried again with corrections and it failed. I'll report it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Will836770

I did the same thing but what I actually wrote is 'Du esst'. Perhaps you had a mistake elsewhere in the answer?

If not, I guess you should report it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PabloGedeihen

Yeah, i get now.but here do they mean. Sie essen den Apfel= They are eating the Apple?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sevenqueen

thank u so much:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Siebenundzwanzig

I don't believe you can, unfortunately. :( They clearly need to sort this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tymon06

I never even knew why there was a difference between Sie and Ihr - they need to make it possible to see discussions from the app. Glad I stopped in! I'm about to have viele hearts left.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiki_92090

In my classes in my American high school in germany and in college I've always been taught that Ihr =Ya'll/You all. Never have I ever been taught or heard that Ihr means You.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

"You" in english is the plural of itself (you all/y'all is very specific to the southern united states), you can refer to one person or several by saying you. In this case ihr refers to several people.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dave951396

What'd you mean "you people" ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattBenet

How many Americans use yall? It's just that we don't have a word for you: plural. Spanish does, German does, English doesn't


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolSJohn

You all, you guys, "youse". (Even "you'uns".) Different regions (of the US at least) have different ways of dealing with plural you informally.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AidanConno4

Hiberno English (English spoken by Irish people) uses "ye" as third person plural, essentially the equivalent of "y'all"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

MattBenet....context! (And I use y'all all the time. I grew up in Florida.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scratch_Gobo

@CarolSJohn English has no concept of formality


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

The only time I've ever heard "y'all" was when visiting Texas or in a movie. Never heard it used within Germany. All Germans I've ever conversed with used you for ihr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunnysjamil

Sweilan1. You take it too literally when someone uses the word y'all to separate the second person singular from the second person plural. You did so in another thread also.

It is simply easier to visualize one word for a pronoun instead of the clunky "you (sing.)" and "you (pl.)". No one here insists that y'all be used as a real word. The user Tiki_92090 simply says that he/she has always seen the German word "Ihr" translate to "you all", or "y'all", and never just "you". This is understandable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

I've been involved in German studies for almost 40 years and have never encountered the use of "y'all" within said courses until I've come to Duolingo.

In all German classes I've ever attended, ihr is simply translated as "you" - with the notation (informal plural) never required.

It just seemed strange all of a sudden seeing y'all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiki_92090

Well I guess we had different experiences in our time there. Also, "Ya'll" is not limited to Texas.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

sweilan1, yes, the "you" is meant to address more than one person. It's AS IF we were saying "y'all" in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CzarinaYsa

Regarding Sie essen den Apfel, why is it not Sie esst den Apfel if the you = singular/plural, formal? I thought that Sie in this case means they because of the verb essen.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

It could never be "esst" because said verb form is only used with the pronoun "ihr". The pronoun Sie (formal singular and pronoun) requires "essen".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irina555969

Yes, i saw the same error..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia141153

Oh... Sie is also a formal you. Interesting. Danke!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis-Sosa13

are you sure :sie essen den Apfel:'s right??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristapsH

yes, it that case, "sie" refers to "they" . If you want to use "she" then it will become "sie isst"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/filfranca

Ihr should be translated as something like y'all (like we say in the south), so plural for you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rodio63

If we write "you" ' in german it means "du" or "ihr" and not "sie"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Close. du = you (informal singular); ihr = you (informal plural); and Sie = you (formal). These are all nominative case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParikshitR7

But when to use "ihr" and when to use "du" for "you" Pls explain


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philly.eva

Yeah the others are wrong because of subject verb agreement


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danielsb100

I think the sie essen den apfel isnt right cus sie is like (they) not you as the question


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megarush22

For me, when I wrote "Du isst der Apfel" , it told me that I was incorrect! How will I know which one to write?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

It has to be "den Apfel" because it is the direct object.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZirkeaEllis

Ihr esst den Apfel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spacepope

That word 'sie' drives me insane, it means she, you, they, and every time I guess it's wrong. Schieße!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

I am not professional but here is what I learned few days ago. If "sie" is in the middle of sentence and not capitalized it is either "she" or "they". To distinct them look to the verb. If "sie" is capitalized in the middle of the sentence it is 100% "you" (formal, plural). If it is at the beginning of the sentence then it is possible to recognize "she" by looking at the verb. But it is not simple to find out whether it is "they" or "you" if it is at the beginning of the sentence. You must use context to understand. I am waiting for comments of professionals. Thank you in advance.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germandy

If "sie" is capitalized in the middle of the sentence, I don't see why it couldn't also be "you" (formal, singular) as well. It doesn't have to be plural only because it's in the middle of a sentence. I can understand how this must drive you insane... the best way when translating the German sentence into English is to look at the conjugation of the verb and the context, really.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wolfine152

unfortunately though, knowing what capital goes where isn't going to help you when youre talking to someone in german


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

Look at the way the verb is conjugated (changed based on who is doing what), for example sie laufen (you walk), this is formal you because it is the whole form of the verb (laufen). On the other hand sie lauft (she walks). Other examples are sie fahren and sie fahrt, hopefully that makes it easier.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germandy

spacepope - it's "Scheiße!" ;-)
[schießen = to shoot]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spacepope

Thanks, but either way it works out, I meant it as a mild expletive, so, shoot!, fits just as well. (I do tend to transpose the ei/ie in the German words.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AustinGreathouse

ei sounds like "i" whereas ie sounds like "e" usually :P but you probably know that by now haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/filfranca

My German teacher used to say, "Never say die"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flegel

I totally understand what you mean


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fazel440395

Realy Schieße es!!!! Ich habe das same problem!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arelisha

I agree with you, sometimes I think I am guessing...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karimbma

What is "den"????when is it used??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stanly_Starly

Den is the accusative article of der.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

Stanly....what in the world does that mean???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eintrachtfan

It's the article used when you use accusative.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Den is also dative plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anielsen31

I don't understand the use of "den", why do I use it instead of "das" or "der" or "die"? Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

If the masculine noun is in accusative use den instead of der.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anielsen31

But I don't understand what accusative is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fraurickerl

Accusative case is when we say "I love him", the 'him' is accusative (he is being loved - he's getting 'verbed'). We can't say "I love he" because we only use 'he' in English in the nominative case (the person or things that performs the verb). This gets so confusing in German because there are three words for 'the' and only one in English. "Der" is the only form of 'the' that changes from nominative to accusative. See the examples below:

  • Der Mann mag den Hund. (The man likes the dog but 'the' is different in German because the man [der Mann] is doing the action of liking and the dog [den Hund] is being liked.)

  • Der Mann mag das Auto. (Der Mann stays the same because he's still liking something. What does he like? Das Auto - 'das' stays the same in accusative and nominative case.)

  • Der Mann mag die Frau. (Der Mann stays the same because he's still liking something. What does he like? Die Frau - 'die' stays the same in accusative and nominative case.)

  • Die Frau mag den Mann. (Die Frau doesn't change even though now she's liking something. What is she liking = den Mann. Der changed to den because now the Mann is being verbed [being liked]).

It's difficult and takes time to learn. Keep it up! You'll get there and even if you mess it up, most messages will still be accurately communicated to native Germans.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juandr0o

THIS should be at the top. So helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Siebenundzwanzig

Thank you so very much; this is something I seriously need to get drilled into my head. After four+ years of studying/speaking German, I still forget these simple things. -.-


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fraurickerl

I'm a German teacher, I know how that goes. Some of us get it more easily than others.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena0209

Thanks a lot, this was extremely helpful! ♡


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malcriado-1

Thank you! This is the best explanation of this I've ever seen. I took 4 years of German in High School (years ago), but I couldn never figure out when to use 'den' and when to use 'der'. Now I know!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArobatCost

Thanks, upvoted, very helpful. Had to scroll down too much to get to this comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgenTsi

Direct objects are things that receive an action. Accusative case is the grammar case you use to conjugate direct objects and their articles.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

yaliyev....what does "accusative" mean? I never learned that in English classes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

It's explained quite well above by AgenTsi. The first case is the nominative case, which refers to things like "I" and the nominative are things like "me". In German, like in English, you cannot start a sentence with "me", but rather "I". The same is the case when you see something. For example "Can you see me?" not "Can you see I?". The same is true in German, the accusative is the direct object (in the case of my example, the thing being seen).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

What is the difference between isst and esst? Thank you in advance!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

du isst (you singular informal) -- ihr esst (you plural informal).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatriciaTu

sweilan1, your comments were extremely helpful! I just learned more here than I actually learned in my English and French classes. I finally understanding. And all it took was for me to be thrown in the middle of Germany trying to learn the language. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Thank you very much! I really do appreciate your kind remarks. I have always wondered if anyone ever read my comments.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nives10

To recap, are the potential correct answers to this as follows: Du isst den Apfel. Ihr esst den Apfel. Sie essen den Apfel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CelineC

What is the accusative in German?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fb56653

It is the case to be used when determining the article for the object in a sentence where the action of the verb applies I think For good Information on cases go to internet and type in German Grammar Rules then at website look for FREE WIKEPEDIA there you will find 15 pages of great info


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laura.paxt

It counts me as wrong when I put in "Du." It's frustrating.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/e31WIhns

When they didn't teach you a word and you have to answer it and its wrong "WHAT THE FFFFFFFF"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TriTerp

How do I know the "You" in this case is formal and not use Du? Is Du isst Apfel correct too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Du isst Apfel is incorrect because it is missing the definite article. It should be Du isst den Apfel. It may sound a bit picky; however, in English it would sound off if you would leave out definite articles also - like "You are eating apple". In grammar exercises, you can use either Sie, du, or ihr. But bear in mind, in real conversational one needs to use them correctly in context or risk insulting the person with whom you are speaking.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TriTerp

Thank you sweilan 1, I have a lot to learn :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karolabq

What is the difference between Du and Sie?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Du is singular informal and Sie is formal (singular and plural).

Du is used only with friends and acquaintances.

Sie is used in all other cases. These words are not interchangeable in German culture. If you use Du with a police officer, you could be given a €600 fine for offending the officer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karolabq

Thank you! And what Ihr stands for?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

At this point of these lessons, think of ihr as being the plural of Du.

If you are speaking to a group of friends, you would use ihr. If you use Du with a group of friends, everyone would wonder which person you were addressing.

*Note - ihr is also dative case form of her. Don't worry about it now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanLeeCastillo

Why is it sometimes "der apfel" and other times "den apfel"? When did we start using "den" for "the"? "Den" was never part of the lesson over the word "the"; it only discussed der, die, and das.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Den Apfel - the direct object.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vaibhavmishra2

should'nt this be du isst den apfel ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MayaAhmed686185

What's up with the usage of "den" Apfel? Which rule states the correct use for this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeidiASofia

You is "du" or "ihr". Noted: formal "you".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HisTas

Why you = sie ? Usually sie = she/they


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brittany6196

So sie can mean she,they and a formal you? How do you keep track?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Armidil0

"You are eating the apple." I put Du isst den Apfel and got it right, but they also say that Sie essen den Apfel is correct, but isn't that "They eat the apple." not "you"? Because it uses the verb essen with Sie, not isst. If they wanted "you" shouldn't it be Ihr esst?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

"Sie essen den Apfel" means both "You are eating the apple" and "They are eating the apple". The first word in a sentence is always capitalized. To know if "Sie" means "They" or "You", you would need to determine this by the context of sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomshc

"sie", when capitalized within a sentence and is used with "essen", means the formal "you". I got that from the tips they provided besides the hearts on the top right hand corner.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunnysjamil

Are these tips only available on the desktop version? I am using mobile.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tuuliu

How to distinguish you/du (singular) and you/ihr (plural)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgenTsi

By looking at the conjugation of the verb.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slushAnSa

Is "essen" a iregular verb?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Essen is irregular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leiden2013

You (enghish) = Ihr (germany) , is this correct??????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnitaCrnog

Sie - she Du - you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Close. du - you (informal singular), ihr - you (informal plural), Sie - you (formal), sie - she and they.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heeeeyu

thank you so much


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjaminGu38107

Everyone!! In this context, there is no way to tell if this is a capital "sie" for "they" or "Sie" for you.Its not as much of a mistake as just oversight by duolinguo, as they should provide context for these type of sentences.Click the link below.

http://imgur.com/YgpT6lG.jpg

[source: german.about.com/library/anfang/blanfang02.htm]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abfab98

Why 'den' and not ' der' ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarshaJK

Why den and why not die ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarshaJK

Why den and why not die?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/axel.duhar

What the ❤❤❤❤ is Den??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiguelAnge958826

Why "den" and not "der"? Is it the same reason as "ein" and "einen"??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavetheKnave22

I want to write "bist" every time I see an English "are." Habit will eventually stop me, hopefully.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavetheKnave22

I want to write "bist" every time I see an English "are." Habit will eventually stop me, hopefully.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoPointOhNo

I decided to have some fun and said 'You drink water' instead and it said I was right XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoPointOhNo

I decided to have some fun and said 'You drink water' instead and it said I was right XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoPointOhNo

I decided to have some fun and said 'You drink water' instead and it said I was right XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mahmood533098

What's wrong with "die apfel"??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/23_tafoya

Du and ihr both mean you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/23_tafoya

Ihr and du both mean you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/muhamad649681

what the different between das,den,die.. and others! i confused!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ananya208084

why the article is 'den'????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Because Apfel is in the accusative case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaiNikhil

When is den used?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Den is used for masculine nouns in the accusative case and plural nouns in the dative case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eadie519122

Sie is she or they but definately not you. You plural is ihr and single is du


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Wrong. The word Sie is second-person formal singular and formal. Also, sie is she and they.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muthuraman10

Difference between den and dien


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

I think you mean "dein" - which means your. Den in this sentence is the definite article for the accusative case. If you wanted to to say "You are eating your apple", "dein" would required the -en declension because it is in the accusative case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthiusDiaz

What does informal and formal mean? Like an elder or someone in power?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/C.K.8

Why is it den instead of the other "the"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merjem819325

Apple is "der Apfel",why den Apfel??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Because "den Apfel" is in the accusative case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SayanChatt17

There was no option to select Du isst den Apfel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyn658363

please help me i want to understand, when is it necessary to use the "der" oder "den" ? why can't i write "der Apfel"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AppyShan

Difference b/w den apfel and der apfel?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SelinLippl

I am sorry maybe someone asked the same question already ! why its not "der Apfel" :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

It can not be "der Apfel" because the apple is not eating. The apple is being eaten so it must be "den Apfel". "Der Apfel" - nominative case or subject. "Den Apfel' - accusative case or direct object.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SelinLippl

thank you so much


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guy427892

Why 'Sie' if it refers to 'you'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Sie means "you" formal singular and plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DefNotMatt

No. Sie, sie and du. Please amend


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

What do you mean - Sie, sie and du? Nominative case words for "you" are Sie, ihr, and du.


[deactivated user]

    The correct answers are: Sie essen den Apfel, Du isst den Apfel or Ihr esst den Apfel. Ihr esst der, die or das Apfel is not correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbMath366

    None of the choices for this sentence are correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miwa510471

    How does du isst make any sense? Isst is is eating, but you is eating doesn't work. What am I not getting?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Du isst definitely means "you are eating" or you "eat".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/space_lemon1234

    Why can't it be "Du esst den Apfel."?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bunni269653

    When should i use den for Apfel? i thought i was suppose to use der.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rajat1111

    Der is for masculine, die is for feminine and das is neuter. But what is "den" ??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rajat1111

    Der is male, Die is female, Das is neuter. What is Den ??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emko191

    Is something wrong? I had 3 options for chose and no one was correct. There was "sie" twice and the thrid option was "du". There wasn't " ihr"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xociquetzal

    My choices were: "Sie essen das Apfel.", "Sie essen den Äpfel.", and "Sie essen den Apfel." None of those mean "You are eating the apple"! I chose the one with correct grammar, and it said I was correct, but I wasn't really, because there was no correct option, was there?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xociquetzal

    I guess that "Sie" can be a formal "you"? Did I miss that somehow?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    What does "den" mean? It was hard enough getting straight "die," "der," and "das."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

    Den is simply the accusative form of "der"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    Yes, which we weren't taught when we were studying "die, der and das." And I am confused by "accusative" and "nominative." I wasn't even taught those things in my grade school English classes. Subject, direct object, yeah. I'm kind of getting that. But anyway, thanks for trying to help us understand.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    English does not have the accusative or dative cases; it has the objective case.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    Why is it "den" Apfel and not die or der or das or whatever it usually is?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

    It is usually "der" Apfel, but in this case it is being eaten and is the direct object of the sentence. If you want to know more you can look up the Accusative case


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    Why "ihr esst" and not "ihr essen," when "ihr" refers to PLURAL "you?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiant17

    That's just the way the verb is conjugated for this particular word. There's no real reason to understand, you just need to learn the way each verb is conjugated, but over time it gets easier. There's a great site called Verbformen, put any word in and it will show you how to use it correctly for each particular case


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    One more question right now---How do they get "isst" from the root word "essen"? That doesn't follow at all.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Essen is an irregular verb.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PabloGedeihen

    I'm so confused... Someone should help. Bitte


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Check out the replies to this thread. If you are still confused, please explain why you are confused.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamMcCarty

    I'm just wondering why someone chose "i" instead of "e" for the words for "eat" or, "essen." "Isst" can be confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KhyatiPand4

    Why does it say den apfel and not die apfel?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALFSANIALF

    Why "den" has been used by them


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anupreet913196

    Why not ihr here for you ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrea83254

    How to distinguish between den and die depending on the word after it??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lori-johns

    Why is it "den Apfel" and not "die Apfel"??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tricia83719

    I live in the west of Ireland and say ye for the plural of you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erdona4

    Sorry but i think "you" in German means "Ihr" or "Du" I don't understand why the right answer is "Sie essen den Apfel" I think it should be "Ihr esst den Apfel" or "Du isst den Apfel".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erdona4

    Sorry but i think "you" in German means "Ihr" or "Du" I don't understand why the right answer is "Sie essen den Apfel" it should be "Ihr esst den Apfel" or "Du isst den Apfel"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cristian001994

    Why is it "den Apfel" and not "die Apfel"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alainia666

    holy hell there are so many words for 'the' and 'a'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mali771069

    Essen is AKKusativ , means you have to change the Artikel to AKK. Der--> Den


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanEstrada03

    How do I know when to use den, die, or das?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/U7QSUsoy

    After reading the comments, I still struggle with why Apfel has an article of "den" instead of "der." I noted in an earlier lesson that Apfel was masculine using "der." This lesson I see Apfel using the article "den." Help


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eman171007

    "You are eating the apple" can mean you all, or just you... So how can we distinguish it?!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_T.O.N.Y_

    The question populated with incorrect answers for me. The answers all started with "Sie," and none started with "Ihr" or "Du," despite the English sentence starting with, "You." Since the lesson was about the accusative, I went with the only answer that had proper use of it: "Sie essen den Apfel." It marked me correct. Hope they fix whatever caused that, though.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianWagne16

    It said one thing than it said something else


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GuillermoA310368

    I hate it when it happen because EVERYONE knows that "you" is singular AND plural in English. So "you are eating the apple" is Du isst den Apfel AND ihr esst den Apfel. BOTH ARE COMPLETELY CORRECT. I've done other classes that they considered one as correct but they would also show the other way to say that. That is what they should have done here. I'm revolted >=(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/starypijan2

    This question is broken. Sie =she/they, when there is "you" in queston.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steven303536

    Unsure how to tell the difference between du and ihr in this question as there is little context


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregoryPor10

    Why do we say "den" Apfel and not "die" or "das" etc.?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexAlvro

    Why would it be "den" Apfel versus "die" Apfel?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheresaCon17

    Why is den used in den Apfel


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lukas47103

    The sentence is: you are eating an apple and there are only answers wits "Sie" you in german is du or ihr


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParikshitR7

    When to use "ihr" and "du" Pls explain


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malcriado-1

    Du is when you're speaking to a single person. Ihr is "you" as a group. It helps me to think of it as 'yall'. haha


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arvindh_rajan

    Why is it 'Den Apfel', it should actually be 'Der Apfel'? This is not an akusative sentence, its just a simple SVO sentence right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malcriado-1

    Because "You" in the sentence is acting upon the apple ("eating") it is accusative case. Therefore, it is "den Apfel".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    An "accusative" sentence???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PriyanshKalkal

    The suggestion was Sie essen den apfel and The sentence was You are eating the apple. How?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aureliachircu

    Still don't get it. How should I know from this english You that is plural??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephjense1

    Why not 'du esst den apfel'?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephjense1

    Why not du esst den apfel?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Incorrect verb conjugation. Essen is irregular.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nelson438766

    The "right answer" on mine was: Sie essen den Apfel. There must be a bug


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KartikKama6

    Why is you translate to sie? Why not du? In which case it would be du ist den Apfel


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellen531255

    Not telling in plursl or singular word for "you."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priyanka704790

    In. The question it was asking for you and i answered du then it went wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoseFelts

    You eat the apple. "Ihr esst den Apfel" was NOT one of the phrase choices given!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohan787603

    Why is it "den apfel" and not "die apfel"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    It could never be "die Apfel" because Apfel is masculine.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Master574923

    Since there is bo correct answet I have lost a life.....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kain5056

    In this particular case is there any way to tell if "Sie essen" means "You eat (formal)" or "They eat"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kain5056

    In this case is there any way to tell if Sie essen is "You eat (formal)" or "They eat"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sean72033

    I'm sure it's been said. I understand Ihr and Du and Sie/sie, etc.

    But here, even if you click the words to tey and get the right answer, it gives you "Du isst einen Apfel".. normally I don't have problems with Duolingo, even if sometimes it's a little questionable, I can usually understand why.

    But in this case, the app is literally giving us an answer that works, but that they don't accept in this particular example.

    Might consider fixing this one.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vishumudgal

    Why you is not refered as DU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Massimo835542

    ❤❤❤❤ english


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aya552804

    But why not "Du". I know that you is du in german so why Sie


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sonal8885

    Ich habe eine Frage bezüglich meiner Bewerbung für eine Nachricht hinterlassen und Art der Verwertung außerhalb des Hauses in der Nähe des Flughafens die ich dir die Daumen für den Hinweis dass die Nachricht und alle die es zu spät ist würde ich sie bitten den Termin mit dem U und S-Bahn u have to u soon and we are going to bed at night the call of the week before we leave feedback points for the use of you to the design-er the same to u the best regards to the next day or two of the year and I will be in the middle of the week before I confirm that you are interested and I will be in office to get the latest flash player is required for video playback with


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nis433423

    kinda hard to understand this


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Selina426578

    Why is it den apfel and not das apfel, die apfel or der apfel


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    It can never be das Apfel or die Apfel. It is den Apfel because the apple is being eaten. Der Apfel can only be used as the subject of a sentence.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ana662779

    Shouldn't all nouns be written starting with the capital letter? Isn't it a spelling mistake in German?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Correct. So where is the error in this instance?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marie466555

    I think there is a mistake.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    What is the mistake?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zaccheausJ

    This answer is so confusing. There was no prior explation that 'you' in the plural is the same as they in german


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbigailBra712630

    What is the difference between isst and esst?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/imanrea

    What is "sie" finally?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Please review the postings on this thread. It has been explained many times already.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lfrnandez

    someone please explain to me why is it "den Apfel" not "die Apfel"?:(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    It could never be die Apfel.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lfrnandez

    someone please explain to me why is it "den Apfel" not "die Apfel"? i'm really confuse about "die, den, das, der"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Masculine noun in accusative case.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evelino10

    ok...so sie can mean she, they, AND you ???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    sie can mean either she and they. But Sie means you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbcsworld

    Why is it not "Iht esst das Apfel"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    Apfel is masculine and not neuter.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LadyAzthreal

    Why is it "ihr isst den apfel" and not "ihr isst das apfel"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

    It could never be "das Apfel" - Apfel is masculine, not neuter.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.NxL4ty

    Sie_she? Sie_they? Sie _you?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ella183601

    For me it only popped up with answers starting with Sie, so any of them i click is wrong. Has this happened to anybody?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoyBonino

    Isn't Sie , she or they?? Not Du. ????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FatemahAlz8

    Iam confused. When i put 'den'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conny.2020
    Singular Plural
    Nom. der Apfel die Äpfel
    Gen. des Apfels der Äpfel
    Dat. dem Apfel den Äpfeln
    Akk. den Apfel die Äpfel

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loria812

    You didn't have that as one if the choices. You had : Sie essen den Apfel listed twice.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loria812

    You had: Sie essen den Apfel listed twice. I pucked one of them. You said it was wrong. And said that: Sie essen den Apfel was the correct response. Make up your mind


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kelebros4real

    From what I understand so far the correct word is not there.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shahab635374

    The correct answer wasn't in the choices!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Badjuju101

    Glad i stopped in and saw all the confusion i was having too! Lol!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samaneh994963

    Ihr eest einen apfel


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conny.2020

    Ihr esst einen Apfel = You are eating an apple.

    Ihr esst den Apfel = You are eating the apple.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saumya_rastogi

    It only has 2 right answers 1- Du isst den apfel 2- Ihr esst den apfel The one mentioned in the app is wrong!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sandra577072

    The sentence starts with ich and not ihr in which it should read


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devon118124

    Duo makes this a little confusing, as my mistake was the wrong article, but the correction suggests using ihr where I used du. That part of my answer was not the incorrect one :-/


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christianb225579

    Why would i use "den Apfel" instead of "die Apfel"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peggasos

    I'm learning from an audio book and I'm certain it teaches that "den" means "because"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giggles457443

    Ihr = formal you Sie is either she or they. I think this is wrong!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiptirip

    Please correction! "Du isst den Apfel." or "Ihr esst den Apfel."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mahudi12

    it put sie isst den apfel , j don't understand why ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazzy611521

    I agree, this question is wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanaGabi1

    What's the difference between Ihr and Sie? I thought Sie meant She


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KnCh843201

    There is a problem with this app


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lanctt

    Just lost a ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ heart for being right


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarktaNovk6

    But Sie means They... right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/addison_simonich

    But doesnt YOU mean DU? and SIE is SHE?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sandi_nvn

    The apple as a object = "den Apfel" because in the first word of Apple there is "A" or vocal. Also, the noun phrase like "an Apple" called "einen apfel" in German. Hope this help you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Femke114508

    How do you know from "you are eating the apple" if you need to use Du or Ihr? I know Ihr is for multiple people, but you can not get it out of this context, shouldn't both be seen as correct then?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shruti636066

    Whats the difference between Ihr and Du?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shruti636066

    Whats the difference between ihr and du?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlosKasp

    du is you for one person ( i am explaining to you, just one person ). ihr is you for more then one person (i am explaining to you and others).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justine90713

    Please accept Du as well as Ihr and Sie. It's extremely irritating to have to guess what Duolingo is thinking, we're supposed to be learning a language not telepathy


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bischou

    Du isst is correct as well


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bischou

    Du isst den Apfel is also correct


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulaSchil5

    The choices that were given were all incorrect. The closest one to being correct was du essen, which should have been du isst. The two other choices both began with Sie. Ihr esst was not provided as a choice


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StarStrike18

    How do you know it's den, das and die?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bryan100984

    DU ISST DEN APFEL oder IHR ISST DEN APFEL ???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgornick9

    In English there is no way to tell if they want the plural translation or the singular translation on this one. It needs more context. I would be getting it correct if it had "you all" instead of "you"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToddIhrig

    There's no clue they wanted Ihr. Du and Sie should be accepted. Geez!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmanuel.Jr

    Why not der Apfel?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmanuel.Jr

    Why not der Apfel instead of den Apfel?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacobBeema2

    does anyone know why the different versions of the (den, die, and das) swap in certain cases?

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