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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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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Sunday at 9:09 am
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Hello Steve,


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


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Anne

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Friday at 2:05 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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Anne

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Rocio
Tuesday at 9:29 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 5:15 am
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Ich habe ein Auto. Ich habe keinen Hund.

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Hallo Mohamed,


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Mohamed Abdulla
Thursday at 10:47 am
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Hallo,

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Tuesday at 1:45 pm
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Hi Gloria,


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


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Gloria
Wednesday at 8:43 am
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Ich habe einen Hund. Er ist ein guter Hund. Übrigens er ist ein Pitt Bull.

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Thursday at 2:36 pm
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Hi Walter,


Wow, thank you for the thorough explanation!

I think the term Hühnerhund exists... it sounds a bit like a Schäferhund, too.


Regards,

Katrin

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WalterO
Monday at 6:12 am
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Hallo, Katrin! You are not alone in your uncertainly about what kind of dog this is. The American Kennel Club recognizes about 200 different breeds of dogs, divided into broad categories like working dogs and then further dividing those into types of working dogs such as herding dogs (for sheep and cattle) and service dogs (for assisting blind persons). Talking about these various divisions has a vocabulary that it seems to me is unique to this situation.


So, a pointer would be a working dog used for hunting, usually birds, and when the dog detects a bird it freezes into position and "points" with its nose in the direction of the bird. Some hunting dogs have a coat with long hair (such as an Irish setter) and some with a shorter coat.


It seems Ronn has a short-haired pointer of a breed originating in Germany.


I discovered the word Huehnerhund in my dictionary, but am not sure it is quite the same as "bird dog" in English.