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Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In today’s lesson we are going to learn how to talk about things you own by using the verb haben, “to have.”
Hast du ein Auto? “Do you have a car?”
[slowly] Hast du ein Auto?
Let’s take a closer look at this question.
Hast du, means “Do you have”. You can see that haben has been conjugated to Hast because the subject is “du”.
Ein Auto, means “a car”
So if you *do* have a car, how can you answer this question?
Just turn the verb haben into the 1st person—Ich habe ,”I have”
So in this case, we go from
Hast du ein Auto? to
Ich habe ein Auto. “I have a car.”
[slowly] Ich habe ein Auto
Say for example that a classmate wants to borrow a pen from you. He might ask, Hast du einen Stift? Which is “Do you have a pen?”
If you only have a red pen, you can answer Ich habe einen roten Stift. “I have a red pen.”
Okay, so now let’s look at the FORMAL way to ask someone if he or she has something.
Instead of Hast du, you’ll start with “Haben Sie”, to mean “do you have”. For example...
Haben Sie ein Auto? “Do you have a car?”
[slowly] Haben Sie ein Auto?
Now it’s time for Laura’s tips.
If you want to sound really natural when asking if someone has something, you can use the word oder. Here’s an example.
Du hast einen Hund, oder? This literally means “You have a dog, or?”
You just add the little word oder after the sentence. It makes the whole sentence sound like a question.
In recent lessons, we have learned about the verbs sein, to be, and haben, to have.
Next time we’ll learn how to use these two verbs in their negative forms in order to say “I’m not” and “I don’t have”.
Did you know that to turn a verb into the negative form in German, you just have to add some little word?
I'll be waiting for you in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten lesson.
Bis bald!


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Tuesday at 09:02 AM
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Hi Ivarr,

Thank you for posting. 👍


Don't forget the full stop at the end of sentences:

Ich habe einen schwarzen Stift. 😉

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Ivarr Vinter
Saturday at 11:37 PM
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Ich habe einen schwarzen Stift

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Sunday at 09:09 AM
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Hello Steve,

Thank you for commenting. That's right ??!



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Friday at 02:05 AM
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Hello Rocio,

Thank you for your comment. That's an interesting question.

She says: "Hast du einen roten Stift?" (Do you have a red pen?)

"Pen" is the direct object of this sentence and therefore has to stand in accusative. That's why the article and the adjective going with "Stift" are in accusative.

"ein roter Stift" (nominative) -> "einen roten Stift" (accusative)

I hope this helps you.



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Tuesday at 09:29 AM
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Hii i have a question when she talks about ich habe einen rote Stift.

What's The diference between rot Stift and rote Stift?

Vielen Dank!

Steve Lawson
Thursday at 05:15 AM
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Ich habe ein Auto. Ich habe keinen Hund.

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Friday at 03:12 AM
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Mohamed Abdulla
Thursday at 10:47 AM
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Videos funktionieren nicht, was zu tun

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Tuesday at 01:45 PM
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Hi Gloria,

...übrigens ist er ein Pit Bull. :smile::thumbsup:



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Wednesday at 08:43 AM
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Ich habe einen Hund. Er ist ein guter Hund. Übrigens er ist ein Pitt Bull.