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"Ich habe einen Apfel."

Translation:I have an apple.

December 27, 2012



Why isn't it, Ich habe eine Apfel.


Because Apfel is masculine and "ein Apfel" changes to "einen Apfel" when using accusative case.


What do you mean by accusative case? Does it mean the noun is the object of the sentence as opposed to the subject? (Would an article for the subject noun be genitive case?)


In English subjects are in the nominative case. Genitive is the possessive case.


What do you mean by accusative case? Does it mean the noun is the object of the sentence as opposed to the subject?

Yes, that's right.

Some prepositions also require the accusative case.


how is an apple male? im so confused, i didnt know in germany that had genders for fruit.


every noun has a gender: male, female, neuter


As Jiwon said, every noun has a gender, and rules to which noun has what gender are rare. In most of the cases you just have to learn the gender with the noun. Sorry.


So does accusative case always add an "en" to the word eine? What if the word is a feminine word "die Lehrer." How does that relate to "den?" and where did I "learn" about den? I don't recall seeing it before.


Not exactly, accusative case always adds an "en" to the word "ein" only if the noun is masculine. How does it relate to "den"? "einen Apfel" is the accusative for "an apple", "den Apfel" is the accusative for "the apple".

The word "die Lehrer" is not feminine, it is plural: "the teachers", but "die Zeitung" is feminine and it stays the same in accusative as: "Ich lese die Zeitung", same applies for "das" as for example: "Ich esse das Brot".

There is a grid explaning the accusative cases at the bottom of lesson 2.

I hope this helps. Sorry if my English is not good (not my native language)


Your English was quite good actually.


Much better than our german.


Where are you finding a grid? I'm using this as an app on my phone (Android) & I dint see grids, notes (mentioned by someone in another post), or anything. Are you finding this on the actual computer version?


You can't see the grids or the tips when your'e using the app. But if you use a computer you just have to scroll down after entering a lesson (:


This website explains it well : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_articles , also it is part of basics 1 and 2


It means I have an apple


Ich habe eine Kugelschreiber, Ich habe ein Apfel, ugh, Apfelkugelschreiber,


Ich habe eine Kugelschreiber, ich habe eine Ananas. Ugh! Ananaskugelschreiber.


Apfelkugelschreiber, ananaskugelschreiber, ...




When I speak at the same speed as the recording it doesn't understand me :'(


I have a peeen I have an apple


I have a peeeen...I have pineapple!


Is "I have one apple" acceptable, or does is "one" a different word than "an"?


This really shouldn't punish you for saying "a apple" instead of "an apple". It isn't testing me on my English skills.


I agree, I go for speed when typing English. I think it should correct you (like it sometimes does with typos) but not punish you.


Me too, I lost a lingot:(


I'll agree with that one i didn't do thast though


I'm so with you


I always get all the has and have and had mixed up


Any advice on how to rember einen vs. ein


Think about what the nouns need, not what the articles would fit. I think it's only the masculine nouns whose articles change, at least at this level.


why cant it be translated to "I am having an apple"


Have has three different things in German but please someone tell me why Have has three different things Ok not has only have ok bye


what do you mean by "three different things"? I don't understand your question.


Do any of you know why "I have a apple" is not acceptable? I believe it should be.


I still dnt gt the difference of when we use 'haben' and when to use 'habe' ? Help me out please.


why is it einen and not ein?


Apfel is masculine, and here it's the direct object of the verb haben.

So you need the accusative case, and einen is the masculine accusative form of the indefinite article.

ein would either be masculine nominative (e.g. for a subject: ein Apfel liegt auf dem Tisch) or neuter nominative/accusative (e.g. ich habe ein Pferd).


When to use habe and when to use habt?


The correct form of the verb depends on the subject.

Have another look at the tips+notes for the unit "Accusative Case": https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Accusative-Case -- it has a conjugation table for the verb haben.

I recommend that you always review the tips+notes before starting a new unit.

The tips+notes are currently only available on the Duolingo website, not in any of the apps yet. So using the website is best for learning the language.


Hm. I don't understand. Why do I have to use the Akkusativ case? Why not nominativ? (Nom.) Ich habe ein Apfel -> I have an apple (in my pocket, in my hands) (Acc.) Ich habe einen Apfel -> ERROR 404 PAGE NOT FOUND

In my native language it sounds illogically. Help me bitte :)


In German, haben is a normal transitive verb that takes a direct object in the accusative case: ich esse einen Apfel, ich sehe einen Apfel, ich habe einen Apfel “I am eating an apple, I see an apple, I have an apple” are all exactly parallel grammatically.

Even in English, “have” takes a direct object in the objective case; for example, a kidnapper might say, “Are you looking for your daughter? We have her!” (And not “we have she”.)


Whats the difference between all of the 'have' s?


Whats the difference between all of the 'have' s?

You use the one that matches the subject.

For example, if the subject is ich, then the verb form is habe -- ich habe = I have.

  • ich habe
  • du hast
  • er hat, sie hat, es hat
  • wir haben
  • ihr habt
  • sie haben


German is complex, any easy ways to remember the gender?


any easy ways to remember the gender?



How exactly can you tell whether to use habt, haben, hat, hast? Like theres so many versions for one word and i can never figure out the context!


Depends on the subject doing the have. I have = Ich habe. You have = du hast. Its like english to be. I am, you are, he is. You wouldn't say I be, you be, he be, right?

ich habe du hast er hat, sie hat, es hat wir haben ihr habt sie haben


when shall we use habe, haben, habt....


Can anyone tell me how to use "have/has/had" in German?

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