"Ich lese eine Zeitung."

Translation:I read a newspaper.

December 26, 2012



When should we use einen?

December 26, 2012


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

December 30, 2012


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

February 5, 2013


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.

February 7, 2013

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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.

May 4, 2017


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

June 25, 2015


Same like but still I like this app

May 26, 2019


Nouns ending in -ung are always feminine.

October 24, 2013


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".

March 3, 2013


Well that's confusing.

March 7, 2014


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.

July 27, 2014


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

July 15, 2014


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

July 16, 2014


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

July 1, 2014


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

July 22, 2014


Accusative is the direct object.

July 16, 2014


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

May 7, 2017


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.

September 24, 2014


Can you say "Ich bin lese eine Zeitung"?

August 30, 2018

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

August 30, 2018


Eine ein all mean "A" grrrrrrrr

October 13, 2018


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.

October 15, 2018


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."

October 21, 2018


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

October 22, 2018


Ahh. Thanks.

October 22, 2018


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

November 18, 2018


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
November 19, 2018


how is this how people speak

December 12, 2018


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

April 8, 2019


Yes, exactly.

(At least, if it is indefinite.)

April 8, 2019


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

April 16, 2019


Why isnt "I am reading a newspaper" valid?

May 18, 2019


eine vs ein is so confusing

May 21, 2019
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