I was reading this https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3088733/When-does-Ihr-go-from-her-to-your-or-their and found the Dog example:

Mein Hund isst ihr Brot

And people translate it as is eating instead of eats

So I was wondering if German language does differentiate these words.

  • Does this help? german.stackexchange.com/questions/18861/…
    – HalvarF
    May 5, 2021 at 16:56
  • @HalvarF Yes, thanks, looks like the term I was searching for is 'present continuous' or 'progressive'
    – JorgeeFG
    May 5, 2021 at 17:10
  • Mein Hund isst ihr Brot is either wrong or a constructio ad sensum at best. Should be sein Brot (since der Hund is a masculine noun) or die Hündin if the dog is female. May 5, 2021 at 20:34
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    @amadeusamadeus: Not necessarily: Die Kinder sind schon satt und haben Salat und Brot übriggelassen, aber mein Hund isst ihr Brot. May 6, 2021 at 6:15
  • These are Germans, so they do everything. You wanna be exact? Be a German. They generally just use more words and more letters. As an answer to the question what my dog is doing, "My dog is eating" translates as "Mein Hund isst gerade", which translates back as "Right now, my dog is eating", so yeah, they do. Don't forget the second 's' in 'isst', otherwise you end up with a hungry straight dog.
    – user48613
    May 6, 2021 at 17:55


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