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"Sie liest eine Zeitung."

Translation:She reads a newspaper.

December 26, 2012



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


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.


That's gonna get me one of these days


Says the guy with level twenty german lol


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.


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).


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 ;)


You lost me..is she Sie or sie?


sie. Its capitalized in this question because it is at the start of the sentence


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


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


That cleared it up for me lol Ty


I like ginger bread


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


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


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


Thank you. This was confusing me.


you have learnt so many languages! nice job!


wow it's amazing to see that many flags lol


holy moly dude you've got a lot of languages


Thank you so much! Super helpful! :)


vielen dank fur die information


what if i cannot read the next part?

fill in the blank

Sie _ eine zeitung

how would i know which conjugation to use?


thank you for that, it's been tripping me up.


Thanks a lot ,i was confused


thank you for this!!


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.


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).


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


No. SIE also means YOU in formal sentences.


Its a bit late but danke!


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


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


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'


Danke for the rhyme trick :D


Thank you very much!


That's easy! Thanks!!


hey thanks, that really helps


'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).


pls read grammer carefully :(


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


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


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.


How to know if Sie is you or they ?


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.


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


Sie meaning you in formal makes the verb lesen


Liest mean that she is only a woman not more


Because eine is a or one.


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


Because it says Ein, and Sie means she.


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.


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


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" ;)


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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




Sorry, but this is plain wrong.


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


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


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.)


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!


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


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


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.


She reads A newspaper, She reads THE newspaper.


Why is it not einen, is this not accusative?


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.


You are almost gonna meet your 1 year streak. Nice job keep it going!


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"???


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.


Why is she is reading newspaper is incorrect


You're missing "a".


newspaper is countable so "a" is needed


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?


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


Great commentary, thanks to all.


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


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


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.


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


"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."


When is the difference between ein and eine ?


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.


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?


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


How do i know if Sie is She or You?


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.


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?!?


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


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! :(


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.


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


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


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


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


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


why can it not be you are and not she is


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."


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.


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.


Very good explanation. Vielen danke!


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


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

See? You can't. Same in German.


Thank you so much


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


a newspaper is eine Zeitung and the newspaper is die Zeitung


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


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.


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


If it makes you happy, same difference.


A is an article and one is an adjective.


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


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


Nope. Sie liest eine Zeitung.


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".


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.


Sie liest eine Zeitung = She reads a newspaper


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


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


Is "sie" pronounced "zie"?


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.


Why is it eine? Wouldn't it be ein


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!



the - der, die, das

a - einer, eine, eines


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


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.


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!)


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


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


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.


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“.


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


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)


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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?


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


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


There are multiple ways to tell.


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


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


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.


  • 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


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".


why use "eine" for newspaper?


Why not? It’s a feminine noun.


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 ^^


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

Sie liest ein Magazin. (Akkusativ).

Ein Magazin. (Nominativ).


Thank you so much!


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


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...


sie is 3rd person singular.

Sie is (equivalent to) 3rd person plural.


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


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


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


Past tense would be:

Sie las eine Zeitung.


I'm actually new to German so not yet!


why isn't she is reading the newspaper correct?


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


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


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


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...


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


The conjugation of the predicate gives it away.

liest is third person singular.

lesen is third person plural.


and are not newspaper and apfel neuter gender in German?


No. Zeitung is feminine, Apfel masculine.

Die Zeitung.

Der Apfel.


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


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".


why it is she? explain please


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




"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.


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


are there any ways to remember it?


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


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.


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


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

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


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


Why is "is reading" not correct?


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


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


is she is reading newspaper incorrect?


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.


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


Of course it can. That’s also correct.


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


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


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


Why not ein,die...zeitung


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


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


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


Whats the difference between ein eine and einen?


Why isnt it ein zeitung?


Because die Zeitung is a feminine noun: eine Zeitung.


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


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.


Whem do you use ein or eine


Can it be "she is reading a newspaper"


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


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


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.


Thank you very much!


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


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.


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


"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.


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


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.


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?


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! :-).


Duolingo you are repeating words all the time. :/


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?


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?.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


How do i pronounce Zeitung?


Why is 'she read a newspaper' not correct?? Why is it she reads a newspaper?


It wouldn't let me speak


Zietung is Feminine and that's why it remained 'eine' and not 'einen' (accusative case).


How do i choose whether to use eine or einen?


To make things easier: ich lese (I read) du liest (you 'singular' read) er/sie/es/man liest (he/she/it/one reads) wir lesen (we read) ihr lest (you 'plural' read) sie lesen (they read)


Is newspaper considered feminine?


No, newspaper is neuter, but Zeitung is feminine.


Something is dysfunctional, I can't even read the statement before it says it is incorrect??? Anyone else having this problem?


Why is "She is reading a newspaper." Wrong?


"She is reading a newspaper." isn't wrong.


Sie liest eine Zeitung. Plzz elaborate that how here "you are reading a newspaper"could not come


That’s been answered here many times.

The verb “lesen” is conjugated for the third person singular. If it were “You read”, the sentence would start with “Sie lesen”, not “Sie liest”.


aaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA can someone please explain to me WHY THE QUESTIONS "Sie lesen eine zeitung" AND "sie leist eine zeitung" ARE LITERALY ALMOST THE SAME


here is something to help understand the difference: sie and sie are both the same word, but (depending on context) they can mean two different things. Like 'right' in english. Sie can mean she, and they. so when you want to say she reads you say: sie liest, and when you want to say they read, you say: sie lesen. Hope that helped! :)


can you please tell me that in what context liest is used, lese used and lesen is used???


"she's reading a newspaper" sounds more probable, doesn't it? as we don't have any further info like 'every day' or sth like that. so I offer to make it the main translation


Excuse me Mr. Duolingo... WHAT THE HECK?????? what is the difference in Sie as in "They" and Sie as in "She"????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I am so confusions


I mistakenly press the button


Please help me differentiate between german words for different tenses. Example read, reads and is reading. Thanks


If you say sie means she and they. Is it wrong to say sie lessen eine zeitung to mean they are reading a newspaper. Please help


That's correct, except for a minor typo; lesen is spelled with one s, not two:

Sie lesen eine Zeitung. = They are reading a newspaper.


Why not * einen zeitung


That would be for a masculine noun, for instance:

Sie liest einen Roman. - She reads a novel.

Zeitung, however, is feminine, so it's eine Zeitung.


why isnt it einen Zeitung


When to you eine and ein??


I was able to select "lese" instead of "liest". Shouldn't it be correct, too?


Is she read a newspaper correct English? No, because 3rd person singular of to read is reads, not read.

The conjugations of lesen in present tense are:

ich lese

du liest

er/sie/es liest

wir lesen

ihr lest

sie lesen


What if I want to express that someone else said this? I thought it's the infinitive without the "n" at the end. "Er sagt, sie lese eine Zeitung."


What if you want to express that someone else said it? Isn't it the infinitive minus "n"? "Er sagt, sie lese eine Zeitung."


How would you know if zeitung is feminine and apfel is masculine?


Your German dictionary would tell you.

It would also tell you that "Zeitung" and "Apfel" are nouns and therefore need to be capitalized.


Sie is they and sie is she or not is ?


sie can be she or they

Sie (capitalized) is you (formal)

However, when Sie is at the beginning of a sentence it could be any one of the above. So, in this case you need context to figure out which one it is. Since liest is 3rd person singular of lesen, it must be she.


One day I will make sense of the gender rules of German.


Why is it not 'She is reading a newspaper'..!!


So "liest" is conjugated the exact same way for "du, er, sie and es"?


Shouldn't this be lesen? not liest


I put they and it said I was wrong.


"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.


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


You're not serious, are you?


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


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


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


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

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



    I had the same issue with Wasser und Brot


    Why not "she is reading a newspaper"?


    Yes, that’s correct too.


    Hope I can remember the feminine bit


    No one talks like that lmao


    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?


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


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


    How do I know the difference between they and she?


    See my answer to stella399014 above.


    Again that confusion over they and she!


    why that form so hard for me


    I got this 3 times in a row


    Wrong grammar it must be

    "She read the newspaper"


    Zietung is Feminine and that's why it remained 'eine' and not 'einen' (accusative case).


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


    "She reads the newspaper."

    Why is that not accepted?





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


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


    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.


    i always get mixed up with sie and ihr haha


    The answer is already on this page.


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


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


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


    Im having a hard time to say newspayper


    Danke schon, I was confused with this one, too




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


    That would be "Sie lesen eine Zeitung."


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


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


    When do we use accusative 'einen'?


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


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


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


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


    Simply no way to tell


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


    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


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


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


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


    i have a very hard time pronouncing zeitung for some reason


    I only spelled one word rong


    Wrong. You at least spelled two words wrong.


    Ok so I cant spell (wrong)


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


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


    One newspaper. .?


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


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


    It threw me off too


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


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


    how is a girl is reading a newspaper


    Lol dont you Know that


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


    Zeitung is feminine. Die Zeitung, eine Zeitung.

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