"Sie liest eine Zeitung."

Translation:She reads a newspaper.

December 26, 2012

327 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mtp225

why isn't "you are reading the newspaper" correct?

November 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EffortlessAction

You must remember that the word "Sie" means they and she. To know WHICH one is being used, you must now read the next part. It is liest which is the fem form of read. If it was they, it would have been lesen.

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Martianaudio

That's gonna get me one of these days

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Cheese12

Says the guy with level twenty german lol

June 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ReesaRilli

Thanks for the explanation. There is no way to know that at this point in the lesson as they don't mention it yet. And to the other dude, it's not "common sense" if you don't speak the language... which is sort of why we're all here.

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamAnd389866

well said

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RicardoFlo687497

That cleared it up for me lol Ty

August 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SamiRussom2

Your reply didn't answer their question. They asked why is "you are reading a newspaper" not correct and you just explained that Sie could mean she and they and how to differentiate between them. You haven't mentioned Sie could mean you (but always capitalised).

September 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
Mod

    When using Sie to mean "you (formal)" it conjugates the verb the same way as for sie ("they"). So it would have to be Sie lesen eine Zeitung to mean "You are reading a newspaper". If it's sie liest it can only mean "she reads/is reading".

    Anyway, this was answered in the other comments already ;)

    October 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/asifrahim1

    Sehr gut

    April 24, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Juan390077

    When would you use Sie to mean you? How can i tell the difference between Sie, Du and Ihr?

    October 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
    Mod

      There are three forms of "you" in German. You use a different form depending on whether you are talking to just one person, to multiple people (kind of like "you guys" or "you all"), or whether you're being formal (like with your boss or people you don't know personally).

      du - one person, informal
      ihr - multiple people, informal
      Sie - any number of people, formal

      October 24, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/PapaSmurf88

      Thank you. This was confusing me.

      March 7, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/isa167.3

      vielen dank fur die information

      July 15, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/AhmadIft1234

      Thanks....

      January 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/SBenn01

      Thank you so much! Super helpful! :)

      May 30, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

      @Effortless— liest isn’t feminine (verbs can’t be). I think you meant ‘singular ‘.

      June 6, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/petemacdd

      Liest is not the feminine form of lesen - verbs don't decline by gender, their pronouns do. Liest is simply the 3rd person singular declension allowing you to match it with the 3rd pronoun singular Sie. Ihr is 2nd person plural pronoun requiring the 2nd person plural declension lesen

      February 27, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

      Close -- The conjugation for ihr is ihr lest, not 'lesen'.

      February 27, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/MarcusCoop8

      yes but why??? i mean, why is there loads of words for 'the' or A? or drink or read??
      alles klar, in ordnung and schon gut all mean all right? WHY??? people say english is hard.

      September 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

      Why not? No, I’m not being snarky here. Languages all have very different rules. No two languages are going to do things the same way. The key to making progress is to let go of the expectation that whatever you’re learning is going to have the same rules and conventions as English does. (And, yes, English is horrendous to learn from scratch— I have taught English as a Second Language for over 25 years).

      September 5, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/RuthGalleg18

      No language has grammar exacly like the other. If you are going to learn a new language, learn its grammar. It might be hard, butvit's the language

      December 19, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ErdnaGoogl

      No. SIE also means YOU in formal sentences.

      July 1, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/MoisesLuis2

      Its a bit late but danke!

      July 18, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/BenHawkins7

      How old are you??? Im 8 1\2 And are you einstien?????????????!?!!!!!!?!?!!!????!?!??

      April 15, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/VERBRECHER

      Using common sense doesn't make you Einstein. And you're not 812 years old.

      March 4, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/trogpig

      An easy way to remember if its 'she' or 'they'. Just look at the word that follows the word 'sie' and use the rhyme if theres 't' then its 'she'

      August 17, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/ShivangiSh5

      Danke for the rhyme trick :D

      January 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

      Danke! ;)

      July 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/GordonChin3

      Thank you very much!

      May 31, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/snd577504

      That's easy! Thanks!!

      June 17, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/MarcusCoop8

      hey thanks, that really helps

      September 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

      'You' as in the formal 'you'? That would be 'Sie lesen eine Zeitung.' The formal 'you' (Sie) is grammatically equivalent to third person plural (sie=they).

      November 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/bansheegentleman

      I had the same thing I put in they read the newspaper

      December 28, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/veganpanda

      After I put "they" I peeked at the "Sie" word & it told me that it meant 'they, you & she' so I picked one "they" :p

      January 14, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/elgee_nst

      If you use "they", the verb form that follow should be "lesen", not "liest".

      So, "They read a newspaper" = Sie lesen eine Zeitung.

      Note that "You (formal) read a newspaper" = Sie lesen eine Zeitung.

      While "She reads a newspaper" = Sie liest eine Zeitung.

      February 23, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/Klaushybrid

      How to know if Sie is you or they ?

      December 9, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

      Two possiblities:

      • Context,
      • Capitalization: the formal address "Sie" is always capitalized. So, this won't work if "Sie" is at the beginning of a sentence, because all words at the beginning of a sentence are capitalized.
      December 9, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElibeyElili

      pls read grammer carefully :(

      May 24, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Eslam.Sheh

      Liest mean that she is only a woman not more

      September 22, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasBl

      Because "eine" is used. "You are reading A newspaper". Your answer would be in response to "Du leist die Zeitung"

      December 12, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/Cheyenna18

      Because eine is a or one.

      February 16, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/MitheWin1

      The sentence dose not have "ihr" or "du that is wy

      February 17, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/bubblebear59

      Because it says Ein, and Sie means she.

      November 10, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/DBlackFireD

      Not Always Sie Means "She". Because you depend on the verb that comes after the subject. Like Sie Liest or Sie Lesen Sie Liest = She Reads Sie Lesen = They read.

      November 10, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/m.dail07

      I have trouble with the many different types of 'the'.

      April 20, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/EeroK

      I'm not saying that you are doing it this way, but just wanted to make clear:

      Don't think them as different types of "the". You need to hardwire your brain to think them as parts that belong to the words following it. It indicates the gender of the word. That is a crucial part of the language. If you ask yourself "which form of "the" does this sentence need?" you are thinking it the wrong way. The questions should be "what is the gender of the following word?" then "what is the case I need?"

      When you answer both of these questions you end up with the correct article.

      When learning vocabulary always learn the gender too. Not just "Tisch" or "Toilettenbürstenbenutzungsanweisung" but "der Tisch" and "die Toilettenbürstenbenutzungsanweisung" ;)

      April 20, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/BenRussert

      One thing I wish duolingo would do is emphasize the gender of nouns more, especially on the mobile app.

      August 31, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/darren_w1

      I copy the nouns onto paper. Masculine is blue, and down the left side of the page. Neuter is black, down the middle. Feminine is red, down the right. That way, if I need to remember a noun's article, I can either recall colour OR position on the page.

      October 15, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Gilly_Rowell

      See my post Der, die, das and die [blue, red green and purple]. Also Das [black] = That or this I appreciate you would have to make changes but it does cover singular, plural and other possibilities Gilly

      January 8, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/already.taken0

      I agree. In vocabulary lists it would be helpful if Duolingo were to precede nouns with der, die or das — according to their gender.

      January 2, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/alirmansour

      I suggest you to try Memrise application. Check this site out: www.memrise.com . I guess you'll find it useful.

      March 22, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/fary1363

      Me too:(

      July 19, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/Dhwani19

      When do we use ein and when do we use eine ?

      January 7, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
      Mod

        See Schorschi's comments on this page.

        In short, they mean the same thing but ein is used for masculine and neuter nouns and eine for feminine and plural nouns.

        All nouns in German have a 'grammatical gender': masculine, feminine or neuter. The gender of a noun affects many of the little words that are also in the sentence - they change in one way for masculine nouns, and another way for feminine nouns, etc. There are a lot of rules, but also some patterns to them.

        Keep learning, practicing, reading and asking questions, and eventually your brain will make sense of it. Good luck!

        January 7, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/VERBRECHER

        You can not use eine before a plural noun. Eine means "a" or "one". it simply doesn't work with plurals. If it were "meine" or "keine", then it would work.

        March 4, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
        Mod

          Well, yes. I meant the declension pattern - but could have made it clearer. Thanks!

          March 5, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Machado_Ronaldo

          should't it be "sie liest EINEN Zeitung" just like "ich habe EINEN Apfel"? ok, i discovered: apfel is masculine, zeitung is feminine...

          July 30, 2014

          https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

          With my above table of declensions, you should have been able to answer the question yourself.

          You correctly identified the gender of "Apfel" (m) and "Zeitung" (f). Next you have to figure out what declension to apply to each noun in the sentences.

          In "ich habe x" or "ich lese x", "x" is always in accusative. So, looking above in my table, the declensions of the indefinite article for a masculine and feminine singular noun in accusative are "einen" and "eine", respectively. So, the sentences must read:

          Ich habe einen Apfel.

          Sie liest eine Zeitung.

          August 2, 2014

          https://www.duolingo.com/Machado_Ronaldo

          i edited the post, i found the answer later! german is dificult, i think that more than portuguese, my mother language.

          August 2, 2014

          https://www.duolingo.com/Badgerless_bear

          EINEN MEANS AN. EINE MEANS A.

          August 2, 2014

          https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

          Sorry, but this is plain wrong.

          August 2, 2014

          https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

          Nope. Both are equivalent to ‘a’/‘an’. German doesn’t distinguish between them.

          June 6, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/lilacsunbird

          What is the difference between "Sie liest eine Zeitung" and "Sie liest die zeitung" meaning wise?

          December 26, 2012

          https://www.duolingo.com/linerox

          The first is She reads a newspaper, the second is She reads THE newspaper

          December 26, 2012

          https://www.duolingo.com/Osubin

          This doesn't really answer his question. "A newspaper" would refer to any newspaper, not a particular one, and does not imply a sense of importance, but "the newspaper" suggests this newspaper is of particular interest or was referred to in prior statements.

          October 30, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/bubblebear59

          She reads A newspaper, She reads THE newspaper.

          November 10, 2013

          https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
          Mod

            ...is this in the Genitive lesson for a reason...?

            November 2, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/CatMcCat

            Aha, so it's not just me. I think maybe they put a lesson that should be accusative or dative into the genitive lesson. I reported it (just on one sentence, because I'm not going to report every single one.)

            November 13, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
            Mod

              Apparently it's a bug, as discussed in the general forums. Still weird that they don't/can't do anything about it, even put up a notice about it!

              November 13, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Atomic_Sheep

              Why is it not einen, is this not accusative?

              February 18, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

              It is accusative, but einen only appears with a masculine noun, e.g. Sie liest einen Roman (Roman=novel). Zeitung, however, is feminine: die Zeitung.

              February 19, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Atomic_Sheep

              Thank you.

              February 19, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Squeaky134

              I'm really confused: I put in "She's reading a newspaper" and it corrested me to "She's reading one newspaper". And then when i look here it says that the definition of "Sie liest eine Zeitung" is "she reads a newspaper". So which one is correct??? And what's the difference between "one" and "a" in "eine"???

              February 14, 2016

              https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
              Mod

                That's just Duolingo being confusing. Either is fine.

                In English if we wanted to count things we would say: "One newspaper, two newspapers, three newspaper...". But we could also say "That is a newspaper". Different words for "one" and "a".

                German does not have this. It uses the indefinite article (ein/eine/etc.) in both situations: Eine Zeitung, zwei Zeitungen, drei Zeitungen. Or just Das ist eine Zeitung.

                German does have a number "one" (eins), but it is only used for numbers not quantities (i.e. in reading out a phone number, house number, doing mathematics, etc.).

                Depending on context, it may be more natural to translate eine as "a/an" or "one". I would say that this sentence is more natural as "a", but "one" is also correct. In English though, this would be giving some emphasis: "She is reading one newspaper, not two!". You could express this same emphasis in German with emphasis on eine when speaking too.

                February 14, 2016

                https://www.duolingo.com/cojalahombre

                Why is she is reading newspaper is incorrect

                April 4, 2016

                https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                Mod

                  You're missing "a".

                  April 5, 2016

                  https://www.duolingo.com/KelliHanse2

                  Ok hold on. I'm reading the comments because I got the wrong answer submitting "she is reading a newspaper" and the app said nope, I used the wrong word and told me it should have been "She is reading a gazette" like what the heck. Zeitung so far has been newspaper and newpaper only? Why gazette all of a sudden?

                  September 18, 2017

                  https://www.duolingo.com/magilla

                  Great commentary, thanks to all.

                  July 22, 2018

                  https://www.duolingo.com/jagamaister7

                  iI typed in "They read", but it's wrong. what gives?

                  November 15, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/DBlackFireD

                  because sie isnt they in this context. because the verb read has a st on the end of the word

                  November 15, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/EffortlessAction

                  While Sie can mean "they" it can also mean "she". To understand which sie this is, you need to understand when to use what word for "reading". In this case, it is she because "liest" is the fem form of reading. If it was lesen, it would be they.

                  December 31, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Eric_Lindenbaum

                  What is the German translation of "You are reading a newspaper."?

                  December 7, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  "Du liest eine Zeitung." or using the formal address: "Sie lesen eine Zeitung." which is grammatically equivalent to (and hence indistinguishable by itself from) saying "They read a newspaper."

                  December 7, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/sureshkuma36

                  When is the difference between ein and eine ?

                  December 22, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  That depends on a number of factors. First off, in the sample sentence "Sie liest eine Zeitung", "eine Zeitung" appears in accusative case and "Zeitung" is feminine. If you were to use the same sentence structure with the word "book", which is neuter in German, the sentence would read "Sie liest ein Buch." If, however, a masculine noun was used, for instance, "the report", it would read as follows: "Sie liest einen Bericht."

                  Up to here, all nouns in all (three) genders appear in accusative.

                  Simply changing the case used already changes the declensions of the nouns and articles used.

                  Let's say, the sentence "a newspaper is white" was used. Here, "newspaper" appears in nominative case.

                  So the translations for all three genders would be:

                  Eine Zeitung ist weiß.

                  Ein Buch ist weiß.

                  Ein Bericht ist weiß.

                  Note the different endings of "ein" - being different from "eine", "ein" and "einen" in accusative.

                  It gets more varied with genitive and dative cases, that I am omitting for brevity.

                  December 22, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Twski

                  Holly, that's a lot of rules! Do you know if Duolingo gets more specific on the later lessons or it will aways be the same learning method?

                  July 30, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/EffortlessAction

                  ein is the masculine or netuer nominative case, while einen is the masculine accusative case.

                  December 31, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/chaitu2890

                  How do i know if Sie is She or You?

                  December 25, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  The formal you (Sie) is grammatically equivalent to third person plural (they). So, if you know your conjugations you can easily tell by whether it's third person singular (sie=she) or third person plural (Sie=they or (formal) you). Another hint is that the formal you (Sie) is always capitalized, unlike "she" (sie). However, this will only help you if "sie" appears in the middle of a sentence and not at the beginning.

                  December 25, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/ScottChamb

                  I entered "she reads a newspaper," and it said I was wrong. Not sure why my entry is different than "she reads one newspaper" = the given correction?!?

                  December 26, 2013

                  https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

                  Your answer should also be correct. Did you report it?

                  January 3, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Squeaky134

                  Same for me

                  February 14, 2016

                  https://www.duolingo.com/veganpanda

                  Sie is REALLY annoying me, I was led to believe that if it was a capital S it was 'you are', don't think I'm ever going to get that right! :(

                  January 4, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/EeroK

                  Well, when the word is in the beginning of the sentence, it is also capitalized.

                  The most important thing however is always the verb. When you can conjugate your verbs, you won't have any problems with that.

                  January 4, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/veganpanda

                  Thanks for the reply, I just need to find out how I "conjugate" my verbs (which hopefully should be easy enough)

                  January 4, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/veganpanda

                  I just found a great EASY tool for conjugating verbs, I'll use it a lot I'm sure :) http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_Conjug1.htm

                  January 4, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/brajassekar

                  When to use Ihr and when to use Sie for 'you' (plural)?

                  January 6, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/adi441994

                  When is Sie used as She and when as They ? thanks

                  January 8, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Gilly_Rowell

                  I quote from a grammar book: "There are two forms for "you" in German 'du' and Sie. du [singular] and ihr [plural] are used for close friends, family and children. Sie [singular] and Sie [plural] are used for politeness and with people you do not know. Sie is written with a capital S and the verb used with Sie has the same form as that of the 3rd person Plural. sie can be "she" or "they" depending on the verb ending. for example "sie ist" = she is sie sind = they are if 'sie' is NOT the FIRST word in the sentence then "Sie sind = You are" which could be singular "you" or plural "you". The problem arises when "sie" is the first word in the sentence and has to have a capital letter for S in which case it can mean sie = she, sie = they or Sie = you. The clue to whether Sie at the start of the sentence is she, they or you depends on the 'person' of the verb that follows "Sie". In the case of "Sie liest eine Zeitung" The Sie is really sie = she because liest is the 3rd person SINGULAR of lesen. "Sie lesen could mean "they are reading" if Sie is really "sie" with a capital S for the beginning of the sentence. OR Sie lesen could mean "You are reading" if the 'sie' is really Sie with the capital S and the 3rd person PLURAL of the verb. In short "liest" tells you that Sie is really "sie = she" Heute sie liest = Today she is reading Heute sie lessen = Today they are reading Heute Sie lessen = Today you are reading Complicated but I hope this helps Gilly

                  January 9, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Sleevy98

                  why can it not be you are and not she is

                  January 15, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  If you are talking about the formal you (Sie), i.e. why does the sentence not mean "you are reading a newspaper," it's because that would be "Sie lesen eine Zeitung." The formal you (Sie) is grammatically equivalent to third person plural. So the latter sentence could also mean "they are reading a newspaper."

                  The conjugations of "lesen" in present tense are:

                  Ich lese.

                  Du liest.

                  Er/Sie/Es liest.

                  Wir lesen.

                  Ihr lest.

                  Sie lesen.

                  So, you can see why the sentence can only mean "she is reading a newspaper."

                  January 15, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/MEV13

                  Why is it "Sie liest eine zitung" instead of "Sie liest ein Zeitung? when do i have to use either eine or ein? I don't get it. thanks for answering.

                  January 29, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  It's because of the case and the gender of the noun "eine" is linked to. Here it is "Zeitung," which is feminine - die Zeitung. "Zeitung" appears as the accusative object in this sentence, and the ending for "ein" with a feminine noun in accusative is "eine."

                  If instead the object was "Buch" (book), which is neuter (das Buch), the sentence would read "Sie liest ein Buch."

                  If the object was "Roman" (novel), which is masculine (der Roman), the sentence would read "Sie liest einen Roman."

                  So the word endings of "ein" in accusative (singular) in the three genders are "einen" (masc.), "eine" (fem.) and "ein" (neut.).

                  You may also want to read my comment on a related topic at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/526169, in which I am explaining word endings for possessive pronouns. The principle is the same. I am also mentioning the nominative case there.

                  January 29, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/MEV13

                  Very good explanation. Vielen danke!

                  February 1, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/MalihaRahm1

                  How to use ein/eine/einen before the plural?

                  May 3, 2017

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  Think about that for a minute. How would you do that in English?

                  See? You can't. Same in German.

                  May 3, 2017

                  https://www.duolingo.com/MalihaRahm1

                  Thank you so much

                  May 4, 2017

                  https://www.duolingo.com/amitcool

                  why einen is used instead of ein in Sie liest Einen Zietung

                  February 1, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  Look around. That question has already been answered in this thread.

                  February 1, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/RayRabil

                  What would you are reading the newspaper be in German.. Sie is confusing. You, she , they. Good grief!

                  February 5, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  In German there are two versions of saying "you": "Sie" (formal) and "du" (informal). "Du", of course, is second person singular. "Sie", however, is equivalent to third person plural. So, the two possible translations of "You are reading the newspaper" are:

                  "Sie lesen die Zeitung." and

                  "Du liest die Zeitung."

                  The first sentence, however, if you don't have any context, can also translate back to English as

                  "They are reading the newspaper." (3rd person singular).

                  All conjugations of "lesen" in present tense are:

                  Ich lese die Zeitung.

                  Du liest die Zeitung.

                  Er/Sie/Es liest die Zeitung.

                  Wir lesen die Zeitung.

                  Ihr lest die Zeitung.

                  Sie lesen die Zeitung.

                  February 5, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/manar.moha1

                  What does masculine mean????????

                  March 2, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  masculine = male, feminine = female, neuter = neither masculine, nor feminine.

                  March 2, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Glisa13

                  And what is the difference between A newspaper and THE newspaper ?

                  March 23, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Sassy113

                  a newspaper is eine Zeitung and the newspaper is die Zeitung

                  April 19, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Samuel2478

                  Isn't ein "one" and eine "a" ?? Help

                  June 6, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  No. "Ein"/"eine" can both be translated to "one" or "a."

                  The different word endings of "ein" depend on gender and declension.

                  For instance, the feminine word "Frau" is prepended by "eine": eine Frau.

                  "Mann," however, being masculine, is prepended bei "ein": ein Mann.

                  A neuter noun, "Schwein," is prepended bei "ein," as well: ein Schwein.

                  The above are all in nominative case.

                  When you get into other declensions there are, for feminine nouns:

                  • Eine Frau - nominative.

                  • Einer Frau - genitive.

                  • Einer Frau - dative.

                  • Eine Frau - accusative.

                  With "Mann" (masculine) it's as follows:

                  • Ein Mann - nominative.

                  • Eines Mannes - genitive.

                  • Einem Mann - dative.

                  • Einen Mann - accusative.

                  And "Schwein" (neuter):

                  • Ein Schwein - nominative.

                  • Eines Schweines - genitive.

                  • Einem Schwein - dative.

                  • Ein Schwein - accusative.

                  June 6, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/uNuNuNIuM111

                  Why not 'a newspaper' Instead of 'one newspaper?

                  August 8, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                  If it makes you happy, same difference.

                  August 9, 2014

                  https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                  A is an article and one is an adjective.

                  January 15, 2016

                  https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                  Mod

                    Tell me then, how would you say "She is reading one newspaper"?

                    January 15, 2016

                    https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                    If I'm understanding right, Sie ist lesen eine Zeitung .

                    January 15, 2016

                    https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                    Mod

                      Nope. Sie liest eine Zeitung.

                      January 15, 2016

                      https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                      Mod

                        The point is that you should reconsider your understanding of what eine is - I know it to be the indefinite article, however it also means "one" of something. There's no separate way to say "one newspaper" in German, so your comments were incorrect to say that eine cannot translate to that.

                        Also, since it came up, there is no present continuing tense in German. Sie liest can mean both "she reads" and "she is reading".

                        January 16, 2016

                        https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                        Clearly you have more fluency in German than I, but I'm failing to see what that has to do with the difference between eine as an article or adjective.

                        January 15, 2016

                        https://www.duolingo.com/Girisme

                        Sie liest eine Zeitung = She reads a newspaper

                        October 9, 2014

                        https://www.duolingo.com/SsS6

                        Magazine?

                        December 17, 2014

                        https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                        Zeitschrift.

                        December 17, 2014

                        https://www.duolingo.com/lifeofsajid

                        'Liest' means 'reads' and 'is reading' as well. How to differentiate?

                        March 25, 2016

                        https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                        Mod

                          German does not differentiate. Read the lesson tips from the first lesson, which explain this at the bottom of the page.

                          April 5, 2016

                          https://www.duolingo.com/NoNameHaveI

                          Is "sie" pronounced "zie"?

                          March 30, 2016

                          https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                          Mod

                            Sie in German pronunciation sounds like "zee" in English pronunciation, yes.

                            Generally, though, it's tricky to describe pronunciation with text, as everyone has a different accent. Bookmark the website Forvo, where you can listen to recordings from native-speakers.

                            April 5, 2016

                            https://www.duolingo.com/paula.bosc

                            Why is it eine? Wouldn't it be ein

                            April 5, 2016

                            https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                            Mod

                              Because Zeitung is a feminine noun (i.e. die Zeitung. You just have to memorise this when you learn the word for the first time).

                              When you would otherwise use die for a feminine noun, you need to use eine. The other comments have good explanations, so have a read of them too. There's also Duolingo's own tips page for this lesson (scroll down). Good luck!

                              April 8, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Endofthelineaaa

                              Is eine a or the

                              April 13, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              A.

                              the - der, die, das

                              a - einer, eine, eines

                              April 13, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Antinarodn

                              When do you say "she reads" and when "she is reading" ?

                              June 3, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/SeanMeaneyPL

                              English distinguishes between a ongoing, continuous action and a habitual action. "I am reading" means NOW. "I am (in the process of, currently engaged in, at present involved in) reading a newspaper". "I read" means I read habitually, I read on specific occasions, or I read specific papers. "I read newspapers" means that I am in the habit of reading newspapers on a regular basis. "I read newspapers every week". Habit. "I read a paper on Thursdays". Habit. "I read expensive newspapers" Specific, habitual. But "I am reading an expensive newspaper today". Non-specific, continuous action. German does not make this distinction, and nor does French, for example. But English does, and so do other languages - Irish, for example, but with slightly different application. I read = Léim. I am reading = Táim ag léamh. Táim = I am (now). Bím = I am (habitually, regularly). Táim fuar inniu = I am cold today. Bím fuar i gcónaí = I am always cold.

                              November 5, 2018

                              https://www.duolingo.com/sivaram0

                              please clarify me why the answer "reads" rather than read eg: du liest einene zeitung-you read a newspaper sie liest eine zeitung- she read a newspaper (why not!)

                              August 22, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              Most, if not all regular verbs in third person singular end in “s“.

                              I read

                              You read

                              He/she/it reads

                              We read

                              You read

                              They read

                              Here's “to have“:

                              I have

                              You have

                              He/she/it has

                              We have

                              You have

                              They have

                              August 22, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/sahar365657

                              Why here is "eine Zeitung" but in another sentence was "einen Apfel" ????

                              November 23, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/khalid_75

                              Hello guys Sie means you in a formal way. and "sie" means she. In the sentense Sie liest eine Zeitung, I translated "Sie" as You forma, however, the computer answer considered "Sie" as She.

                              December 7, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              It can't be “Sie“ (formal address), because then the sentence would read “Sie lesen eine Zeitung.“

                              Grammatically, “Sie“ (formal address) is identical to third person plural (“sie“).

                              So, “Sie lesen“, could be “You are reading“ (formal address) or “they are reading“.

                              And so “sie liest“ (third person singular) has to be “she is reading“.

                              December 7, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Edgard16

                              Ok, since this is talking about accusative, why is it not She liest EINEN Zeitung? The "reading" action is happening to the newspaper no?

                              December 18, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              Because einen is the accusative form for a masculine noun. Zeitung, however, is feminine.

                              So, the following would be correct:

                              Sie liest einen Roman. (= novel)

                              Der Roman. (masculine)

                              Die Zeitung. (feminine)

                              And for completeness' sake, for a neuter noun it's ein.

                              Sie liest ein Magazin.

                              Das Magazin. (neuter)

                              December 19, 2016

                              https://www.duolingo.com/LandaWalsh

                              What the ❤❤❤❤,Duolingo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????!??????????????!?????????????????!?!!!!!!!

                              February 24, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/VyomMathur

                              In previous module, translation of Sie isst --> She eats was wrong, while here Sie liest --> she reads is correct. Can someone please explain this to me?

                              March 29, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              Do you have a link for the other module? I don't know how to get there.

                              March 29, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/CocoLexi22

                              Ya, sie is either she, they, or you. How are ment to know wich one?

                              May 13, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

                              There are multiple ways to tell.

                              Conjugation

                              You should never mix up "she" with "they" and "you", as the verb is conjugated differently.

                              Examples:

                              • sie liest = she reads / she is reading
                              • sie lesen = they read / they are reading
                              • Sie lesen = you read / you are reading

                              Capitalization

                              When "Sie" means "you", the letter "S" will always be capitalized, no matter where it is in the sentence. However, at the begging of a sentence, "Sie" will always be capitalized no matter what is meant.

                              Examples:

                              • Ich weiß, dass sie liest = I know that she reads
                              • Ich weiß, dass sie lesen = I know that they read
                              • Ich weiß, dass Sie lesen = I know that you read

                              Context

                              In most situations, there will be context, you'll know what (or whom) the other person is talking about. On duolingo, we do not have the required context, so we need to look at the conjugation and capitalization. If you see a sentence such as

                              • "Sie lesen ein Buch"

                              Duolingo will accept both:

                              • You read a book / You are reading a book
                              • They read a book / They are reading a book

                              It will not accept:

                              • She reads a book / She is reading a book

                              because the conjugation is not correct for the "she-form" of "sie".

                              May 13, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/ali.rajabzadeh

                              why use "eine" for newspaper?

                              June 25, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                              Why not? It’s a feminine noun.

                              July 5, 2018

                              https://www.duolingo.com/gouru

                              So the newspaper is actually in accusative case here, but we don't see it now because its article is "die" am I right? For example; If It would be a novel, then we should say; "Sie liest einen Roman" right? please tell me I'm right ^^

                              July 13, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              Correct. Likewise, with neuter nouns, for instance, das Magazin.

                              Sie liest ein Magazin. (Akkusativ).

                              Ein Magazin. (Nominativ).

                              July 13, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/gouru

                              Thank you so much!

                              July 13, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Mohit207083

                              How can we identify that when Sie means she and sie means they??

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              This is not mine but I remember someone commenting this. If the verb ends in 't' it's a she. That's how I remember it...

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              sie is 3rd person singular.

                              Sie is (equivalent to) 3rd person plural.

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Madhu_George

                              i answered- she 'read' a newspaper and it corrected me to reads. how will it be different?

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              What you have written is past tense. 'she 'read' a newspaper' is actually grammatically incorrect. :)

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Madhu_George

                              so do you know what is the correct way to write in the past tense?

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              Past tense would be:

                              Sie las eine Zeitung.

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              Okay, thanks!

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              I'm actually new to German so not yet!

                              August 4, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/SMgEJN

                              why isn't she is reading the newspaper correct?

                              August 23, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              It is 'eine Zeitung' So it would be 'a newpaper'. Hope that helps!

                              August 24, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Pranavkmr9

                              Might sound a lill naive.. but why isnt it "einen newspaper"?

                              August 31, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Olivia444803

                              Sie is the same as they or she so why is the feminine part not there to help

                              September 5, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/WispsOfAwkward

                              This is not mine but I remember someone commenting this. If the verb ends in 't' it's a she. That's how I remember it...

                              September 5, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/stella399014

                              how do I know when it is a She or a They

                              September 19, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                              The conjugation of the predicate gives it away.

                              liest is third person singular.

                              lesen is third person plural.

                              September 19, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/Amit224376

                              Then how we will translate "She is reading a Newspaper"

                              October 15, 2017

                              https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                              Mod

                                The same.

                                October 16, 2017

                                https://www.duolingo.com/A.Ehsan19

                                and are not newspaper and apfel neuter gender in German?

                                November 1, 2017

                                https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                No. Zeitung is feminine, Apfel masculine.

                                Die Zeitung.

                                Der Apfel.

                                November 1, 2017

                                https://www.duolingo.com/Wei-Hung_Lin

                                The word "newspaper" is uncountable, isn't it? Then, why does the answer sentence have "a"?

                                November 16, 2017

                                https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                                Mod

                                  Newspapers can be countable or uncountable depending on the context.

                                  In the context of reading, it is countable: "I am reading a newspaper" or "I subscribe to three newspapers", because you are generally referring to specific editions/publications.

                                  In the context of using old newspapers for some other purpose, such as a packing or cleaning material, you can use it as an uncountable/bulk noun: "I wrapped the plates in newspaper before packing them into the box" or "Using scrunched-up newspaper is a common way of cleaning windows without leaving streaks".

                                  November 16, 2017

                                  https://www.duolingo.com/orkhan794731

                                  why it is she? explain please

                                  November 25, 2017

                                  https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                                  Mod

                                    Because sie liest means "she reads". What else do you think it could mean?

                                    November 25, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/squidpac

                                    NEIN ICH BIN ANGRY

                                    December 11, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Elle677060

                                    "a" and "one," same thing. I am a fluent speaker in German and no one would actually mean to say I am reading one newspaper.

                                    December 17, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Jelena159103

                                    I wrote She is reading a newspapers, but they didn't açcept because it GAZETE or smth. Wtf??

                                    December 17, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Bay511272

                                    are there any ways to remember it?

                                    January 26, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Kai111997

                                    :)

                                    February 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Rshawa

                                    Why didn't we say "sie liest einen zeitung" since the newspaper is the direct object like when we say "er isst einen apfel"?

                                    April 19, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    Because Zeitung is feminine and Apfel is masculine and the declensions in accusative singular of their indefinite articles are eine and einen, respectively.

                                    Ich sehe eine Zeitung.

                                    Ich sehe einen Apfel.

                                    April 19, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/RoyTree

                                    Is there any spcific rule concerning "Ihr"? I'm always confused with its conjugation. Please help. Danke.

                                    April 22, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    I don't understand your question. Please be more specific.

                                    Conjugations are applied to verbs. "Ihr" is a personal pronoun.

                                    April 23, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/AnuyaTendu

                                    Why isn't "she is reading a newspaper " correct

                                    May 3, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FrauNatali2

                                    Why is "is reading" not correct?

                                    May 18, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Daleraka

                                    can I study in Germany for free, as the American citizen?

                                    May 25, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    Yes, you can. College tuition is free, no matter whether you're a citizen or not. You may have to learn German though.

                                    May 25, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/hetalia_tr

                                    is she is reading newspaper incorrect?

                                    June 19, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Yes. There has to be an article (a, an, the) or a determiner (this, that, my, his, another...) before a singular noun in English. Singular nouns can’t be used alone.

                                    November 6, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/ErdnaGoogl

                                    Why cant be "she IS READING a newspaper"??? They havent consider this answer!

                                    July 1, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Of course it can. That’s also correct.

                                    October 5, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/S.M.RAIHAN

                                    hello I am confused about using 'ein' and 'eine'. Would you please clarify me??

                                    July 2, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/patitopototo

                                    When an apple is the object it becomes "Einen Apfel" but a newspapper remains "Eine". Pls explain

                                    July 4, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Because the masculine articles ein/der change to einen/den in the accusative. Neuter and feminine articles don’t change.

                                    July 5, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/HimanshuSh837947

                                    Why not ein,die...zeitung

                                    July 9, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/AdityaSing281066

                                    Difference between "ein" "eine" & "einen"???

                                    July 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    The difference is in the nouns’ gender, whether masculine, feminine, or neuter. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Accusative-Case/tips-and-notes

                                    July 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/TrevorQuip

                                    i always forget to read the article... i see eine but i skim over it and say 'the newspaper' lol... but at least im grasping German to where i can just skim.and understand

                                    July 29, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Hary_megamind

                                    Whats the difference between ein eine and einen?

                                    August 15, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/ShreyasiGa

                                    Why isnt it ein zeitung?

                                    August 21, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Because die Zeitung is a feminine noun: eine Zeitung.

                                    November 6, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/UncleMamad

                                    Im confused when should I translate 'is reading' and when 'reads'?

                                    October 5, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    You have to consider the context. Is the action going on right now, in the moment? (She is reading the newspaper now). Or is it something that happens regularly, habitually, or always? (She reads the newspaper every morning).

                                    If you have no context, as in this sentence, then either translation is possible.

                                    October 5, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan406967

                                    Whem do you use ein or eine

                                    November 25, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/VedanshSin6

                                    Can it be "she is reading a newspaper"

                                    December 6, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Sure. See just above— I explained it more. :-)

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/tinysloth

                                    I know I sound dumb, but why is it eine instead of einen?

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

                                    The article einen is used for masculine nouns in the accusative case. Zeitung is a feminine noun, so it keeps the article eine, like in the nominative case.

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/tinysloth

                                    Thank you very much!

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FengShuiDebunker

                                    How can we tell if a German Noun is Fem, Neut, or Masc?

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    For most nouns, you can’t. You just have to memorize the definite article—and thus, the noun’s gender—along with the meaning. Der Tisch (the table, masc.); das Zimmer (the room, neut.); die Wand (the wall, fem.).

                                    Some noun endings are always feminine, or always neuter, but generally you can’t tell by looking.

                                    December 25, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/OmarHegazy796119

                                    Why it is not (She is reading a newspaper)?

                                    January 16, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FengShuiDebunker

                                    "She reads" & "She is reading" both mean present tense and I've answered lots of questions like this either way. Both have been correct accordiing to the lesson.

                                    January 16, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/OmarHegazy796119

                                    Yes, but, isn't there a way to differentiate between them? Or that will be covered in future lessons?

                                    January 16, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FengShuiDebunker

                                    They both mean the same thing. If Duo doesn't accept that, it's a flaw in the program but it's never rejected either answer for me. Just report it and give it what it wants. But there's no reason to differentiate since they mean the same thing. I hope that helps.

                                    January 16, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/OmarHegazy796119

                                    They don't mean the same thing in English. (Present Simple) is different than (Present Continuous). Present Continuous usually describes an event that is happening right now. While Present Simple usually describes a habit, fact, etc.

                                    So, there is noway in Germany to differentiate between them?

                                    January 16, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    No, there isn’t. German, unlike English, has no present continuous. The context determines the meaning, whether one is talking about a habitual action or an ongoing present action.

                                    You must be an English teacher like me— no one else knows what Present Continuous is! :-).

                                    June 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Vana2061

                                    Duolingo you are repeating words all the time. :/

                                    January 26, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/vighneshpv

                                    How does one know whether "Sie lesen eine Zeitung" means "They read the newspaper" or "You (formal) read the newspaper"? Is there no way other than to analyze from the context?

                                    February 1, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    That's right. Only context can tell.

                                    Also, you can't use the fact that the formal address (Sie) is always capitalized to your advantage, because the pronoun appears at the beginning of the sentence at which words are always capitalized anyway.

                                    If, however, you were looking at the sentence/question in its two possible variants, as follows:

                                    Lesen Sie eine Zeitung?

                                    Lesen sie eine Zeitung?

                                    you would be able to tell the difference.

                                    The former asking do you read a newspaper? and the latter do they read a newspaper?.

                                    February 1, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Csar992556

                                    I need to know when it means; "I read and I am reading". Is really confusing. I know that in german there is no progressive but is there anyway to Id which is the correct one? Thanks in advance

                                    February 27, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Repeat posting from above: No, there isn’t. German has no present continuous/ present progressive. The context determines the meaning, whether one is talking about a habitual action or an ongoing present action.

                                    June 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/laifKa

                                    "ein Zeitung" is wrong but "eine Zeitung" is right?

                                    March 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

                                    Yes.

                                    March 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/GeorgeVaro

                                    Can someone please explain in simple words when and why for example "ein" is changing to "eine,einen,einem"?

                                    March 22, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats
                                    March 22, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/GeorgeVaro

                                    Any tip for the change of ein to eine,einen,einem ,when and why this happens?

                                    March 22, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Jadenmetzler2.0

                                    hey guys what's up

                                    April 1, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/ThatBoiJoss

                                    I got this 3 times in a row

                                    April 5, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/a.czep

                                    Why can't you translate it to "She is reading the newspaper."?

                                    April 20, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/ColeFellOver

                                    How do you know if a word is masculine or feminine?

                                    June 6, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Well, words that end in -ung are feminine, and words ending in -heit, -keit, -lein, -chen are neuter. Otherwise, you can’t. Essentially you have to memorize the noun’s gender along with its meaning—for the most part, you can’t tell by looking.

                                    June 7, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/TheInquisitive7

                                    How can you tell if it's she or they if you're a beginner and consequently not familiar with conjugations?

                                    June 8, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    You have to become familiar with conjugations. The verb form, the conjugation, is the only way; you can’t tell just by looking at the pronoun. Sie liest is singular; Sie lesen is plural.

                                    That’s why learning the conjugations is essential. I strongly recommend a book called 501 German Verbs.

                                    June 8, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/SanjeevNep

                                    I am confused with ein, eine and einen....can somebody help...

                                    June 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    First, read this: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Accusative-Case/tips.

                                    Second, read the comments thread here on this forum. It’s been discussed very thoroughly several times. You should be able to find what you need here. The moderators are great.

                                    June 14, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/marylinnil

                                    I put they and it said I was wrong.

                                    September 12, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    "They" is 3rd person, plural. The matching conjugation of "lesen" would be "lesen": "Sie lesen eine Zeitung."

                                    Compare this with the complete list of conjugations of the verb "lesen" in present tense that you can find a few posts up on this page.

                                    September 12, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/VictorOkaf1

                                    Why isn't it "einen". For instance ich esse einen Apfel = I am eating apple. Why doesn't "einen" apply for Zeitung

                                    September 19, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Ein Apfel is a masculine noun. Eine Zeitung is feminine.

                                    March 15, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/IvanSanmog

                                    Sie liest eine Zeitung means she reads a newspaper, but why i text she is reading a newspaper is wrong?

                                    November 20, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/16KLad

                                    When I put the right answer in it says that my answer is wrong!!!

                                    April 3, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Rick789000

                                    Ditto.

                                    I had the same issue with Wasser und Brot

                                    September 30, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/ahmad779111

                                    Why not "she is reading a newspaper"?

                                    June 20, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Yes, that’s correct too.

                                    December 24, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Pookypuppy

                                    Hope I can remember the feminine bit

                                    September 10, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/PeterHanff

                                    WHY IS IT GAZETTE

                                    September 11, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/tvarnell04

                                    hggifhvgeriufheirhuesdfgsaiudfliwuerhwleidhasIHDIWHDSAKDHeiwufhweiuFH

                                    September 22, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/KellyTranc3

                                    No one talks like that lmao

                                    October 11, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/A.Ehsan19

                                    Eine zeitung sounds einut zeitung and in die zeitung, it sounds like dit zeitung. Couldn't I pronounce it exactly die zeitung or eine zeitung?

                                    November 1, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    You are hearing the German z sound, which is /ts/. The ‘t’ you are hearing is part of the pronunciation of Z auf deutsch.

                                    March 15, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo

                                    Is it that finally Duolingo has male voice for German course?

                                    November 26, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/RobDay5

                                    How do I know the difference between they and she?

                                    September 23, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    See my answer to stella399014 above.

                                    September 23, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/RobDay5

                                    Again that confusion over they and she!

                                    September 23, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FiaSofiaMarwa

                                    why that form so hard for me

                                    December 19, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/NevinWinterblack

                                    When i am out in public and cant play this i type Ich hore nicht and wonder if it is correct

                                    April 19, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Endofthelineaaa

                                    M

                                    April 13, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/DuoMoon

                                    "She reads the newspaper."

                                    Why is that not accepted?

                                    December 11, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    thea

                                    dieeine

                                    December 11, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/FedorScheg

                                    How do you highlight? Just wondering

                                    December 29, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    Enclose text in backticks, that's an inverse apostrophe/single quote character found in the top left corner on a typical US desktop keyboard. Android keyboards vary.

                                    December 30, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/serinabinu

                                    Why is this statement in genitiv lessons ? I cant find a genitiv here..or??

                                    January 2, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/LongDoo

                                    I'm confused... i wrote 'they read a newspaper an i got it wrong. Whats the difference??

                                    June 29, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    The answer is a couple of posts down:

                                    They is 3rd person plural. That conjugates as lesen. So, the sentence would read:

                                    Sie lesen eine Zeitung.

                                    June 29, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/LieJam

                                    So, when do you know if you must use "eine" or "ein" as "a"?

                                    July 3, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    You're not serious, are you?

                                    RTFM.

                                    There are tens of questions exactly like yours in this thread where you'll find the answer to your question.

                                    July 3, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/espid91

                                    i always get mixed up with sie and ihr haha

                                    August 30, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/JackCarr259177

                                    ya this is right

                                    October 21, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/baroquera

                                    Why not einen

                                    December 14, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    The answer is already on this page.

                                    December 15, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan-my-dude

                                    I don't know how to spell 'newspaper' in German :( I need more learning

                                    December 27, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaDres1

                                    I have a natural ability to learn language and pronouce word perfectly but i cant wrap my head around the grammar and rules

                                    January 8, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    Übung macht den Meister. (= Practice makes perfect.)

                                    March 15, 2019

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Peril

                                    Im having a hard time to say newspayper

                                    May 23, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/clvcj16

                                    Why is "She is reading a newspaper" incorrect?

                                    May 24, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/flor705611

                                    Danke schon, I was confused with this one, too

                                    June 14, 2017

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/bedobrotob

                                    why cant this be "they are reading a newspaper?"

                                    November 20, 2013

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    That would be "Sie lesen eine Zeitung."

                                    November 21, 2013

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/bedobrotob

                                    danke

                                    November 25, 2013

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/surijay

                                    Why can't it be "they are reading a newspaper" !

                                    December 23, 2013

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

                                    See above.

                                    January 3, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/pyounkin

                                    If the informal you is du, why not use it here?

                                    February 8, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Soteriangels

                                    When do we use accusative 'einen'?

                                    February 15, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    When the noun is masculine. Read my reply a few posts up. I am providing an example with a masculine noun.

                                    February 15, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/manar.moha1

                                    When do we use eine and when do we use ein ?????????????

                                    March 2, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    This has been answered at great length above. Please read through this thread.

                                    March 2, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Soteriangels

                                    Die Zeitung (feminine) Accusative - Eine (Ein is nominative)

                                    March 2, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/kyliesuelittle0

                                    Simply no way to tell

                                    June 26, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/kyliesuelittle0

                                    They sound as if they were the same word just one in slang and the other in formal

                                    June 26, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/2GreyCats

                                    No, not at all. Many people have already explained this at great length on this same page. Scroll up and read through the earlier questions and replies

                                    November 6, 2018

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/maria_ria99

                                    I wrote " she reads a newsletter" why did I get it wrong?

                                    September 20, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Girisme

                                    Not Sure I Do Know though that it does mean newspaper though. O_o

                                    October 9, 2014

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/AhmedAli3835

                                    Why eine not einen

                                    January 13, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                                    Because its an article, not an adjective. a newspaper opposed to one newspaper.

                                    January 15, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/flowerrose22

                                    i have a very hard time pronouncing zeitung for some reason

                                    July 16, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                                    Zai-Toong

                                    January 15, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/kyliesuelittle0

                                    I only spelled one word rong

                                    November 12, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                    Wrong. You at least spelled two words wrong.

                                    April 13, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/kyliesuelittle0

                                    Ok so I cant spell (wrong)

                                    June 26, 2016

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/EdE.T.Mede

                                    I said they read. The emphasis is on. eine.

                                    December 8, 2015

                                    https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                                    Mod

                                      I don't fully understand your question, but I think you will find an explanation in the comments.

                                      December 8, 2015

                                      https://www.duolingo.com/PetrMatyas

                                      One newspaper. .?

                                      January 15, 2016

                                      https://www.duolingo.com/az_p
                                      Mod

                                        What about it? I suspect you will find your answer in one of the previous comments.

                                        January 15, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/RandeeC

                                        eine is singular. Either one or A. a newspaper.

                                        January 15, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/turdblossm

                                        It threw me off too

                                        December 6, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/Stela363048

                                        Lol dont you Know that

                                        October 18, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/Norman_2002

                                        Thag is so un right! It should be the newspapper !

                                        March 30, 2017

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

                                        No, it should be "a newspaper". Nowhere in the sentence does it have the definite article "the".

                                        April 1, 2017

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/Hardik894204

                                        Ggg

                                        April 29, 2017

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/kyliesuelittle0

                                        how is a girl is reading a newspaper

                                        November 12, 2015

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/CodkaTowfi

                                        Lol

                                        March 18, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/raisa476098

                                        Yay

                                        April 28, 2016

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/DecaNeves

                                        Why use "eine" if Zeitung is a male word? The correct form isn't ein Zeitung?

                                        May 20, 2014

                                        https://www.duolingo.com/Schorschi

                                        Zeitung is feminine. Die Zeitung, eine Zeitung.

                                        May 20, 2014
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