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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliogp

"I have one apple."

December 27, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boxeye

I find learning the cases difficult D:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boxeye

And memorising which ein goes where and how it changes and when. D:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rosicky414

Apfel seems popular in Germany :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliogp

´´one´´ can be taken as eins???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/berytre

i write!'( ich habe eins Apfel) why it's wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierre-audi

one apple could mean "just one, not two"; then "ein Apfel" would be correct ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glutexo

It can mean "one", but the word 'ein' has to be declined to 'einen' in accusative. It does not matter whether it is an article or a numeral.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarienGS

I wrote "Ich hab'einen Apfel" and it was marked wrong. :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glutexo

Theoretically it is correct, but it is a colloquial way to say that which is not accepted by Duolingo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethanm456

Still don't know the difference between nominative and accusative... that's definitely something that should be emphasized early on with these lessons. Not sure where to learn more about this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glutexo

You can always try Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accusative The article might be understandable even for non-linguists. Briefly: Accusative is the case of direct object. When you use a verb that does something with some other thing, for example haben (to have), it takes this other thing (object) in accusative. In this sentence “I” is a subject (the doer of the action of having, WHO has?), whilst “an apple” is an object (the recipient of the action – WHAT is being had?). And an object of such verbs (they are called transitive) is in accusative.

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