"Ich habe keine Schwester."

Translation:I do not have a sister.

September 24, 2013



Why is I do not have any sisters wrong?

September 24, 2013


because Schwester is singular and not plural

September 24, 2013


The plural of Schwester is Schwestern

November 29, 2013


Technically true, but in English you can't say 'I don't have any sister' can you, you HAVE to put it into the plural, regardless of what's in the German!

March 17, 2014

  • Pleading "But, Beckalina, I am your sister!"
  • Looks away in remorse "I have no sister."
July 19, 2014


Haha yeah ok, except there! (Wonder what my sister had done to upset me so much!)

July 19, 2014


Great! :-) However, you avoid "don' have any" in your poetic example. I'm having a hard time discussing with myself whether singular would be acceptable when succeeding "any"...

Anyway, Duo corrected me for using "any", telling me to use the article; "I don't have a sister." This is really not the equivalent to the German text -- that would be "Ich habe nicht eine Schwester."

August 1, 2014


In English I can say "I do not have a sister". T There is not a requirement to make it plural unless you MUST use "any" instead of "a".

August 8, 2015


Correct, but "I have no sister" and "I don't have any sisters" mean exactly the same thing in English and both should be accepted. Saying "I don't have any sisters" is much more common anyway...

October 4, 2015

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    Maybe so, but the idiomatic English is :-

    • I don't have any sisters
    • I have no sisters

    But just maybe, once in a while one will say I have no sister, I have no sisters is a perfectly correct idiomatic translation of the German sentence.

    October 20, 2016


    Also, if you look at the notes on the desktop instead of the app, keine is the negative form of eine. Even without the fact that Schwester is singular, it isn't indicating a translation to sisters.

    August 8, 2015


    On the exactly previous lesson there is a similar phrase: "Sie hat keine Schwester" When i first translated to "she does not have any sister" the system said it was wrong, and stade that the correct would be " she does not have any sisters" I am crazy or the system is all messed up?

    September 26, 2013


    That is the exact reason for my previous comment.

    September 27, 2013


    Me either wrote the same thing ~

    December 13, 2013


    " have no sister" also works

    February 27, 2015


    why "a sister" should we use it in all sentences with keine a

    August 29, 2014


    It is really quite irritating and a major flaw of Duolingo that it insists on an exact translation and not idiomatic English. This is especially important since there are plenty of tales of people with excellent academic language grades going to the country and not understanding a thing from their traditional classroom courses because they are too 'academically correct'.

    June 4, 2017


    In my case when i tried learning spanish in school i had the opposite problem, i could only understand very basic words because when they only translated things directly into their english counterpart i couldn't figure out how the words actually worked and were used. That meant i had no idea how to form sentences or any idea why i would use a word that earlier meant something completely different. There needs to be an understanding of literal use as well as general similarity in meaning or it gets too difficult to follow the language's rules, at least in my case.

    May 16, 2018


    This was a sounds file for my and the quality is terrible, making it difficult to distinguish between "Schwester" and "Schwestern" :/

    March 20, 2014


    Can someone tell me when do you use kein, keine and keinen instead of Nicht

    March 30, 2014



    • nicht = not

    • kein/keiner/keines/keine/keinen = no or none (conjugation following the article and adjectives)

    The translation by Duo is not always literal, and real life usage isn't either.

    Example taken from this lesson:

    • Ich habe nicht eine Schwester. (I do not have a sister.) This version is not common/colloquial in German, even though it's not gramatically wrong, I think.

    • Ich habe kein Schwester. (I have no sister.) This is a more common expression, so Duo teaches the colloquially correct version.

    • Ob ich Schwestern habe? Nein, keine. (If I have sisters? No, none.)

    Hope this helps! Please note, however, that I'm not native, so feel free to correct me if needed! :-)

    August 1, 2014



    August 5, 2014


    i don't have a sister-Ich habe eine Schwester nicht. Is it also correct? Someone please reply.

    April 4, 2014


    If there is an indefinite article, such as 'ein', you should modify it to 'kein' instead of using 'nicht'.

    April 7, 2014


    No, it is not correct. For negating a noun without an article (der, die, das) you MUST use "kein,..." In this case, you are negating sister, that is a noun without "die", so "nicht" cannot be used here. You use nicht to negate verbs: Ich renne nicht; to negate noun WITH articles (even with possesive pronouns): Ich kann das Haus nicht bauen.

    September 9, 2014


    is "i dont have any sister" correct?

    April 18, 2014


    No, it's either 'I don't have a sister' or 'I don't have any sisters'

    April 18, 2014


    I assume that "I haven't a sister" is okay?
    It marks it wrong.

    October 10, 2014


    Submit a report and it should be rectified soon enough. Remember that Duolingo's database of answers is built through manual entry, and so acceptable answers are occasionally missed, especially if they're confined to particular countries' dialects.

    October 10, 2014


    How is "I don't have a sister" and "I do not have a sister" different???

    April 27, 2017


    Please fix! I shouldn't have to type in broken English to get a correct answer.

    January 23, 2018


    I don't have any sisters and Duolingo needs to learn to accept that.

    June 29, 2018
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