"Ich lese eine Zeitung."

Translation:I read a newspaper.

December 26, 2012

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When should we use einen?


We use einen when the accusative object is masculine (einen Apfel, for example, because Apfel is masculine).


Apfel is masculine, but "Zeitung" is feminine? How do we figure this out!? Or is "Apfel" masculine because in your example you used Einen?


No way to figure it out. You just have to learn the gender of the word together with the word itself. So don't learn apple as Apfel, learn it as der Apfel.

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This is not true. Many times, the ending will give away the gender. For example, words ending in -ung are feminine.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNA3YSRGXoI I know this is from a really long time ago but I thought this could help.


Thanks for the link! It was very helpful!


Nouns ending in -ung are always feminine.


This is very helpful!


Learn the words like a German would learn the words. For example, the word for newspaper is "die Zeitung" and not "Zeitung". Sometimes the gender of the word determines its meaning - der Band means "volume (book)" and die Band means "(rock) band".


Well that's confusing.


Grammatical gender is mostly arbitrary and not a proxy for biological sex. Just internalize that now and your language learning experiences will be much easier.


That's cool! This means it would eliminate confusion as to the subject of any short sentence conversation as to whether they are speaking of any particular item or a different one. More to learn, but it becomes precise.


...just as with Hebrew wherein it is even more precise, while Navajo is less wordy and reliant upon context. Both are fun fun fun!


How can we tell if it is accusative you nominative?!?


That's easy! Nominative case is the subject and accusative is the direct object.


What is an "accusative object"? What is "accusative"?


The object receiving the action is the accusative object. Eg; The boy hit the dog. Here, the boy (doing the action) is nominative object and the dog (receiving the action) is the accusative object


Accusative is the direct object.


How do you tell when the object is masculine?

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If you see "einen", the noun will always be a) Akkusativ and b) masculine. In other situations, you'll have other hints.


You have to memorize the gender with the noun.


When the word is masculine in the accusative case. I think.


I found this on ielanguages.com. Wish I had had this year's ago. 1. Male persons or animals, the seasons, months, and days are all masculine, as are nouns ending in -ant, -ast, -ich, -ig, -ismus, -ling, -or and -us.

  1. Female persons or animals, and numerals are all feminine, as are nouns ending in -a, -anz, -ei, -enz, -heit, -ie, -ik, -in, -keit, -schaft, -sion, -sis, -tät, -tion, -ung and -ur.

  2. Young persons or animals, metals, chemical elements, letters of the alphabet, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, continents, countries and provinces are all neuter, as are nouns that end in -chen, -icht, -il, -it, -lein, -ma, -ment, -tel, -tum, and -um. Nouns referring to things that end in -al, -an, -ar, -ät, -ent, -ett, -ier, -iv, -o and -on, as well as most words with the prefix ge- and most nouns ending in -nis and -sal are also neuter.


I read a newspaper isnt a correct english sentence it should be i am reading a newspaper


I read a newspaper isnt a correct english sentence

Of course it is.

  • What do you do every morning while you drink your coffee?
  • I read a newspaper.

"I am reading a newspaper" would not be appropriate as an answer because you are talking about a repeated / habitual action.


I read a newspaper every day, I am reading a newspaper at the moment. Both of these are correct! What in the sentence says it is a repeated action? Need to get some english teachers to do this!


I speak persian and we dont have this ❤❤❤❤❤❤ femene mascouline etc we just say a car.a orange . A band it is very simple


Can you say "Ich bin lese eine Zeitung"?

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Never. English uses a construct similar to this to express a progressive tense. German does not have such a tense.


Eine ein all mean "A" grrrrrrrr


True, in the sense that "a" and "an" mean the same thing in English.

You still have to learn when to use which form -- in German, it goes by grammatical gender while in English it goes by pronunciation.

"a hour, an unicorn" are simply wrong in English; similarly, eine Mädchen, ein Person are simply wrong in German.


How do we know if a verb is in the accusative case? The best guess I have, is that, when there's an article, the verb that comes before is nominative. Except in this case I could be wrong, since accusative or not, the conjugation is still "lese."


Verbs don't have case, only nouns and pronouns.


why we use 'lese' with 'ich' insted of singular form of reading which is 'lie'??


lie is not a word in German.

The verb “to read” is lesen, and it is conjugated like this:

  • ich lese
  • du liest
  • er/sie/es liest
  • wir lesen
  • ihr lest
  • sie/Sie lesen


So do we use "eine" when the accusative object is feminine?


Yes, exactly.

(At least, if it is indefinite.)


i dont quite understand Lese Liest and so on, any help?


eine vs ein is so confusing


Just use cant listen now


whats the difference between all of the reading words and drinking words, they are so confusing


What is different of liest and lisen?


What is different of liest and lisen?

liest is a word, lisen is not :)

  • ich lese
  • du liest
  • er/sie/es liest
  • wir lesen
  • ihr lest
  • sie lesen


There's no way to find out if an object is male or female. Apple is masculine and door is feminine. Table is masculine and grapes are feminine. There is no correlation between the two so you'll just have to find out the diff articles as you go.


There's no way to find out if an object is male or female.

Objects aren't masculine or feminine -- words are.

For example, you can't say that "cars are masculine" or "cars are neuter". der Wagen is masculine and das Auto is neuter, but both words refer to a car. The gender is attached to the word, not to the concept.

Similarly with das Stadtzentrum versus die Stadtmitte for "the city center".


Why isnt it, "i am reading..."?


Why isnt it, "i am reading..."?

Because you did not translate "a newspaper".

"I am reading a newspaper" would have been an acceptable translation.


So, a newspaper is considered as female. What other words which are considered to be of a neutral gender in English are considered to be male/female in German? Do tell a few of them so that i get some idea.


So, a newspaper is considered as female.

No, it isn't.

Grammatical gender is just something that tells us how to use a word in a sentence.

Germans don't think of newspapers as female things just because the word Zeitung is *grammatically feminine.

Similarly, Germans don't think that girls are objects just because the word Mädchen is grammatically neuter.

What other words which are considered to be of a neutral gender in English are considered to be male/female in German?

Thousands of them.

For every German word that you learn, you have to memorise the grammatical gender. It's unpredictable (in general).

die Banane (banana), der Apfel (apple); die Gabel (fork), der Löffel (spoon); ....


Where use das or die in reading the newspaper or drinking the milk.


Ok, so why is "i am reading a newspaper" wrong, with the correct answer as "i read a newspaper"? The previous question the correct answer was " he is reading a newspaper", not "he reads a newspaper"!


why is "i am reading a newspaper" wrong

As the answer to a translation exercise? It isn't wrong.

Do you have any evidence that Duolingo rejects that sentence as a translation exercise? A URL of a screenshot that you have uploaded to a website somewhere, please?

with the correct answer as "i read a newspaper"?

No, it isn't.

"I read a newspaper" is a correct answer but not the (only) correct answer.


Why did the male voice suddenly change? Or is it just my device?

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