Proper Article

Honest Tom S

Honest Tom S

In lesson 4.3 " resstaurant The Statement Ich möchte bitte einen Tisch für zwei Personen bestellen.

Why is Einen used as the Article for Tisch when the word Table is Masculent. why  einen  was used insted of Ein. 

jason☺

jason☺

Hi Tommy,

  • Phrase: Ich möchte bitte einen Tisch für zwei Personen bestellen.
  • English: I'd like to book a table for two, please.
  • Lesson: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/42
  • mp3: http://c458322.r22.cf0.rackcdn.com/RG1_4.3_Conversation_line3.mp3

Your question: Why is einen used as the article for der Tisch?

Please see this lesson: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/78

If you need more details, search for Accusative Case.

-Jason

 

 

Paul-Weber

Paul-Weber

Hi Tommy,

Jason is right. "Einen" is the indicator for the accusative case. I understand how it can be confusing when for the female noun the undefinite article "eine" doesn't change in the accusative case.

Example:

"Ich möchte bitte eine Runde für zwei Personen bestellen." = "I would like to order a round for two people." 

For the accusative case you can look at our indefinite article list in the Language & Culture Lessons, 6.6 A Case in Point -Accusative.

 

Regards

Paul

 

Honest Tom S

Honest Tom S

The  example you give Paul "Ich möchte bitte eine Runde für zwei Personen bestellen." = "I would like to order a round for two people."  is correct because the Word "Runde" is in a fem Case. but the word kaffee is a Mas. case.   

Honest Tom S

Honest Tom S

So  i'm to understand and assume that "to order" is an Accusitive case, only can I agree.

jason☺

jason☺

Tommy,

You got it. For all the cases, first you have to identify the verb. For accusative, You ask the question, "Who or what is being verbed/ordered?" and the answer is a coffee (m) or a round (f). Since you have an answer, you look up the flexion table for saying "a" in the accusative case, and you use einen(m) or eine(f)/ein(x). See the tips on the tabs of the google spreadsheet I posted to one of your other questions (also below). If you find a more clear question, feel free to correct a copy of the spreadsheet and post it back to share with us.

Maybe the flexion tables on dict.cc will help you. 

Link: http://www.dict.cc/deutsch/einen.html

These are available quickly via the Google Spreadsheet I posted also: 

Link: http://goo.gl/CSFhdZ

Typing einen does a search in dict.cc for the four tables as well as the definitions and runs a Google translate. It also has a tab to search german.stackexchange.com and rocketlanguages.com. Try it out. You may never go back to searching individual web sites. Make a copy and feel free to re-share what you create.

-Jason

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