"I eat."

Translation:Ich esse.

December 31, 2012



I thought isst meant eat.


In third person, yes. But you have to conjugate verbs in German. Just like in English you'd say she is and I am, although the verb is to be.


I entered "ich isst", but it turns out to be "ich esse". Can someone please explain the difference here? Thanks.


isst is eat for "He/She/It". esse is eat for "I"

[deactivated user]

    This is correct, there is something called conjugation which means the verb changes along with the pronoun.


    Think of it like the English word, "to be". One would say, I am. He is. They are. It means the same thing, but it's different depending on the person you are talking about.


    In English, 'isst' would mean 'eats' and 'esse' would mean 'eat'.


    So I understand why it would be esse instead of isst, but what would happen if it was "you eat"? Do you need to conjugate that as well?

    [deactivated user]

      Yes, you have:

      You (singular) eat: Du isst

      You (plural) eat: Ihr esst

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