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"Sie trinken Wasser."

Translation:They drink water.

January 3, 2013



Doesn't this also mean "She drinks water."??


It says TRINKEN so it's they. If it were TRINKT then it would be she.


Exactly. Conjugations in the prese tense: Ich trinke (I drink) Du trinkst (You drink) Er/sie/es trinkt (He/she/it drinks) Wir trinken (We drink) Ihr trinkt (You [plural] drink) sie/Sie trinken (They/you [formal] drink )


"trinken" was the missing word i had to fill in on mine. "Sie ____ Wasser."

In that situation you just have to guess, right?


If you got the exercise that I think you had, the three options for the blank were trinken / trinke / trinkst.

No guessing is required -- trinke is for ich and trinkst is for du, so the only possible correct answer is trinken if the subject is sie (or possibly Sie).


I once had 'trinkt' as one of the option and I chose that, which was given wrong, but it's completely correct, 'Sie trinkt Wasser', Sie here is she, the S is capital as it is the start of the sentence


I once had 'trinkt' as one of the option and I chose that, which was given wrong

Can you show me a screenshot of what you mean?

Was it one where you were asked to translate a given English sentence such as "They drink water"?

Then Sie trinkt Wasser (= she drinks water) is, of course, an incorrect translation.


Thanks for the info!


Is that the only feature of distinction?


For this sentence, yes. If it had been a compound sentence or something similar, the "s" in "Sie" would be capitalized for formal you. If lowercased, again you would still need to watch the verb conjugation because both "they" and "she" use a lowercase "sie."


Sie means she, she formal, and they.


Formal "you" is always capitalised: Sie

"she" and "they" are normally lowercase: sie

I don't know what you mean with "she formal".


Well it's the start of the sentence, can't really understand which is the one here


Well it's the start of the sentence, can't really understand which is the one here

Well, you know it can't be "she", because the verb form would be different there -- it would have to be sie trinkt, not sie trinken.

But it could be either of "they" or "you" at the beginning of a sentence. (And so both translations should be accepted.)


No because Sie trinken is plural meaning they. You can tell by the ending of the verb "trink-en." If the ending was "trink-t" it would be a She.


Would be "sie trinkt wasser"


you should look at the verb "trinken" is for We/They


I don't think it does. "Sie" is different from "sie". The capital makes all the difference.

However since its at the start of the sentence, you might probably be correct


Sie trinken Wasser can be You drink water if it's using the formal you right?


So since trinkEN its in plural Then that makes Sie-they. Even if "Sie" can be formal use of "you". Right?


It Sie in this case plural?


The formal "you", Sie, can have a singular or a plural meaning, as in English.

  • Herr Müller, warten Sie schon lange? "Mr Müller, have you been waiting for a long time?"
  • Frau Schulze und Frau Meier, warten Sie schon lange? "Ms Schulze and Ms Meier, have you been waiting for a long time?"


"Sie trinken Wasser" can mean both "you' and 'they'? I'm confuse.


Yes, "Sie" can mean a special, formal type of "You". For example, if you were addressing a person of higher esteem, like a doctor or professor. English does not have this distinction though.


@clue: the formal you is the normal way of addressing people you're not acquainted with. (Big exception: internet forums where the 'du' form is prevalent). No need for doctors or professors ;-)


Yes, I thought Sie=you could be for older people, or new acquaintences, not only doctors etc. My trick to remember is it has a BIG "S".


Doesn't this mean "You are drinking water" too (formal and plural)


She drinks water woul be: Sie trinkt Wasser, in German.


This is like in Dutch with Zij, isn't it?


Yes, that's right -- it can also mean both "she" and "they", but the verb endings will be different.

German Sie (when capitalised) can also mean "you"; Dutch U works differently in that regard.


Why does she "trinken Wasser" but "die Frau trinkt DAS Wasser"? Why is it OK to miss that "DAS" here?


Both "Sie trinkt Wasser" and "Sie trinken das Wasser" would also be correct. The meaning changes slightly. If you include the article you refer to a specific -say - glass of water. It's the same in English: 'she drinks water' vs. 'she drinks the water'.


You (formal) drink water


When do i know (sie) means she or they From the sentence


There are different conjugations.

to drink = trinken

1st si. I drink = ich trinke;

2nd si. you drink (informal) = du trinkst;

3rd si. he, she, it drinks = er, sie, es trinkt;

1st pl. we drink = wir trinken;

2nd pl. you drink (formal) = Sie trinken (capitalised);

2nd pl. you drink (group, you all) = ihr trinkt;

3rd pl. they drink = sie trinken


Is water, Wasser or Waßer?


Waßer does not exist. "Wasser" is right.


So another translation of this sentence could be "the women are drinking water"?


No, it has nothing with some feminine here. German "they" has as german "she". but "the men are drinking water" would be right as well unlike in french or spanish with gendered "They".


Can someone please explain why Wasser (and various other nouns) are capitalized?


All nouns are capitalised in German.

It's just a spelling rule, like the English one that the first word in a sentence is capitalised.


If the sentence says "Sie ____ wasser" and both TRINKT and TRINKEN are options for the missing word, then both should be acceptable answers, yes?


Yes, and that would be a bad fill-in-the-blank exercise, since those are supposed to have only one correct answer.

I can't find the exercise you describe, though -- though I see one with the options trinken - trinke - trinkst (but not trinkt).

There, only sie trinken works, because trinkst is for du, not sie, and trinke is for ich.


Yes, I just had the same fill in the blank exercise. Was really confusing as to which form was wanted.


I thought sie meant she but it's saying that it also means they and they're. Someone help!!


sie can mean she or they, while Sie is you formal. sie ist (she is) sie sind (they are) its all about the conjugation


Hello, I am totally new to German, and after completing the last unit I thought that 'sie' was 'she' I guess the clue was in the verb form 'trinken' I there a list of verbs on this sight as it is confusing without a reference.


Thank you, this should help - I am very impressed with your levels in so many languages!


When sie means "they" is it feminine? I.e. would you use it for a group of men?


There is no difference


Ich trinke Du trinkst Er, sie, es trinkt Wir trinken Ihr trinkt Sie, sie trinken


but sie is also she?


Yes. The German "sie" has three different meanings:

"sie trinkt" - "she drinks" or "she is drinking". You can recognize that one from the verb ending.

"sie trinken" - "they are drinking."

"Sie trinken" - "you (formal) are drinking".

If "sie" turns up at the start of a sentence it's capitalzed anyway. In that case you can tell from contect wether it's "sie" or "Sie".


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Can you also say herr " sie sind Trinkwasser" ??

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    That would mean "They are 'drinking water'", as in, they are 'water that you are able to drink'.


    There is no progressive tense in German


    Isn't Trinkt informal, and trinken formal? Like heißen/heißt? And Sie means she, so Sie trinken=She drinks?


    Sie can be ‘she’, or ‘,they’, or ‘you’ (formal). You have to look at the verb endings to know whether the subject is singular or plural.


    they drink water / they are drinking water . But also you (polite form) drink water / you are drinking water.



    Ok, so sie trinken is she drinks but Sie is they drink. In Germany, do the first letter of the beginning of the sentence get capitalized? Because if so, how do you tell the difference between Sie and Sie


    "sie trinken" is "they drink".

    "she drinks" would be "sie trinkt".

    Learn the verb endings! I know they are annoying, but they are important in the German language, and not using them will trip you up.

    At the beginning of a sentence, you have to use context to tell apart "sie" and "Sie". Without context, both translations would be correct.


    Oh does it have to do with the verb? Trinken wouldn't ne used with She..? I'm so confused haha


    Does Sie here means a group if female?


    No. sie "they" is used for several people or things -- there is no gender distinction in the plural in German, like in English.

    "they" can be "he and he", "he and she", "she and she", "it and it", etc.; and similarly, sie can be for any combination of masculine, feminine, and/or neuter objects or for male or female people.


    How do you tell the difference between all the words like trinken trinkt?


    Practice. Learning the conjugations of verbs is crucial. Lessons in Duolingo come with tips and notes at the beginning, too.


    Listening to the pronunciation, it sounds like the "en" at the end of trinken is not enunciated. Is this the case or is there a subtle "en" sound that I can't hear?


    Why is it not Sie trinkst


    Because the form trinkst goes with du.


    Duolingo should incorporate and introduce Sie (formal singular "you") earlier on to avoid confusion.


    Be careful, The Audio page for this sentence has a mis-matched Normal / slow audio queues.

    Its very clear that the 'normal speed' is saying 'trinkt' and the 'slow speed' is clearly enunciating 'trinken'.


    Why is it necessarily "are drinking" but not just "drink"? Maybe I should revise some English first..


    isnt Sie is "you plural" and sie is "they"...why there is no you in choice


    Sie is formal "you", whether singular or plural.

    sie is "they".

    But at the beginning of a sentence, the first word is always capitalised. And then you cannot tell the difference between Sie and sie.


    I'm sorry duo but i don't know that he saying


    How is trinken pronounced? Is the 'en' silent in trinken?


    the question is "Sie ____ Wasser" i don't understand why i can't choose trinkt if "sie" means "she" or "they". is there any way that i can know Sie means "they" even without the verb after?


    What were the three choices it gave you?


    Probably trinken - trinke - trinkst.

    At least, that's the only fill-in-the-blank exercise that I can find for this sentence.

    trinkt should not be available in such an exercise.

    If it is, a link to a screenshot would be helpful.


    thank you for your reply. I will screenshot it if I see the question next time. Probably I had a mistake on reading choices ;)


    How could i know the " sie " refers to they or she? ( i know we should see the verb , but is there any way to find out? L


    It can’t possibly be ‘she’ because the form is trinken. If sie meant ‘she’ in this sentence, then the verb form would be trinkt.


    The problem is that it doesn't sound like "trinken". It sounds like "trinkt" as in "She is drinking water." It does not sound like "They are drinking water."


    Why is "they drink water" wrong here? I'm confused...


    It’s not wrong; that would be one of the correct answers.


    Sie ( polite ) trinkst wasser would also be correct.


    No, it is not correct.

    The polite Sie "you" takes the same verb forms as sie "they", e.g. Sie trinken.

    trinkst is only for du, not for ihr or Sie.

    And Wasser has to be capitalised.


    Does this mean, 'they drink water' or does it mean 'they are drinking water' many thanks...


    That’s right; it can mean either of those.

    (Standard) German doesn’t make a grammatical difference here.


    In German, it can mean both. There is no distinction in verb tense between them.


    What is wrong with this sentence? : Sie trinkst Wasser.


    The subject and the verb do not match.

    trinkst with -st is for du

    But sie (they) has verb forms that end (almost always) in -en: it has to be sie trinken with -en, not -st.


    As the question is asked ---- fill in the blank? Sie _ Wasser. trinkst oder trinken is correct!


    No; sie trinkst is never correct.

    trinkst is only used when the subject is du, never with sie.


    I'm sorry, I was mistaken! However, Sie trinkt oder trinken is correct!


    Yes, but trinkt should not have been an option for the fill-in-the-blank exercise for this sentence.

    If you did see trinkt as an option, please provide a screenshot.


    sie trinken can apply to both formal "you are drinking" or "they are drinking", both answers should be correct, right?


    What's the difference between 'Du' and 'Ihr'?


    Use du when you are speaking to one person, ihr when you are speaking to several people.

    If you can understand the difference between "I" and "we" or between "he" and "they", you should be able to understand the difference between du and ihr :)


    Why is it not "they are drinking water"?


    That is another possible translation.

    (Standard) German doesn't make a distinction between "they drink" and "they are drinking".


    Hey, what would be the difference in the German translation of He is drinking and he drinks?


    Hey, what would be the difference in the German translation of He is drinking and he drinks?

    No difference in standard German. Both would be er trinkt.


    "They are drinking water"

    is this wrong?


    "They are drinking water"

    is this wrong?



    I had to chose from Sie BLANK wasser and had to chose from trinken trinkst and a 3rd choice i dont remember so at this situation 2 of the coices should be correct


    Eh? trinkst with -st is for du, so sie trinkst can never be correct.


    This is to vague. Both trinkt and trinken are given as options and both are correct for the semtance. You know know if you have guessed correctly if they mean "they" or "she" by seeing if you are right or wrong.


    Both trinkt and trinken are given as options

    That should not happen. Do you have a screenshot showing that error? If so, please upload it to a website somewhere and post a link to it here.

    The distractor is intended to be trinkst, not trinkt.


    Unfortunately not. I didn't have the for thought to take a screen shot.


    These questions can be confusing because they have Lots if german grammer. I can give you a "rhyme" of how to do this. Ich bin. I am. Ich trinkE Du bist. You are. Du trinkST Er ist. He is. Er trinkT (Er uses the same rule as sie and es, still ist,still T ending) Wir sind. We are. Wir trinkEN Ihr seid. Yall are. Ihr trinkT Sie sind. You are. Sie trinkEN sie sind.They are. sie trinkEN

    er, sie, es all make the verb go to T and have ist and their form of is. It look confusing but it's actually not. Think E-ST-T-EN-T-EN

    Always think about taking away the en before you do this. (Works for almost every verb)

    Ok so, the sie, sie ist, she is, which adds a T ending to the en-less verd when placed in front of a verb.

    sie sind, they are, which adds an EN when placed in front of an en-less verb

    Sie sind, you FORMAL, which adds an EN when places in frint of an en-less verb.

    I know your probably thinking, why take away the en when your just gonna add it again. Well, you can think that way but i think this way is easier, but its your preference.


    is there any easy way to remember all the different drink words?


    "They drink" instead of "they are drinking"?


    Might just be my hearing but i didn't hear trinken, i heard trinkt


    I wrote 'they are drinking water' and it was marked wrong, yet for all the times i put 'they drink water' it marked it correct but told me an alternative translation was 'they are drinking water'. Gotta love the consistency with Duolingo.


    I wrote 'they are drinking water' and it was marked wrong

    That should have been accepted.

    Did you have a listening exercise, perhaps?

    Do you have a screenshot showing the question and your answer?


    I'm wondering if "they are drinking water" is also correct or not.


    I'm wondering if "they are drinking water" is also correct or not.

    Yes it is.


    Is it the same meaning if we translate sie trinken to they are drinking?


    Is it the same meaning if we translate sie trinken to they are drinking?

    That's also a possible translation, yes. Standard German does not make this distinction in grammar.


    Plural and formal is not the same ?


    Plural and formal is not the same ?

    That's right: informal plural "you" is not the same as formal "you" in German.

    (It used to be, presumably under the influence of French, but using the plural as a formal pronoun feels very old-fashioned now.)


    They are drink water is wrong. But sometimes is correct. I don't understand -_-


    They are drink water is wrong.

    Yes - that is indeed incorrect English.


    does sie as 'she' and as 'they' are pronounce the same?


    does sie as 'she' and as 'they' are pronounce the same?

    Yes. Completely identical in pronunciation.


    They are drinking water wasn't accepted. Why?


    They are drinking water wasn't accepted. Why?

    Impossible to say from your report. Please show us a screenshot where we can see the question and your rejected answer -- upload it to a website somewhere and tell us the URL.

    Possibilities include translating when you were supposed to "type what you hear" (in German) and making a spelling mistake that you didn't notice.


    Sie means "she" (correct me if im wrong) it also means "you" plural/formal. its spelled the same but you can tell which it is by the verb "trinken" is the plural 3rd person form of "drink", its like the formal, um. i might be wrong here somewhere but basically you can tell which "Sie" it is by the verb.


    she drinks water!


    No. Please read the existing comments. This has been discussed several times already.


    Ss is also known as ß in german , but they don't agree with that


    No, ss and ß are not equivalent in German. Bier in Massen trinken and Bier in Maßen trinken mean just about the opposite: to drink beer in massive quantities versus to drink beer in moderate quantities.


    Another interpretation is she drinks water


    No. sie trinken cannot mean "she drinks" -- the verb ending is wrong for that.

    "she drinks" (with -s) would be sie trinkt (with -t).

    sie trinken (with -en) is "they drink" (without -s).


    Is "Sie" not a plural version of you? like saying "you all" or "You guys"?


    "Sie" is the formal address. It doesn't distinguish between singular and plural.


    Why does "Sie trinken Wasser" = they drink water, if the rules are: Der Lehrer trinkt Wasser = the teacher DRINKSSS water, and Die Lehrer trinken Wasser = the teachers DRINK water, then the same rules should follow as: "Sie trinkt wasser = she drinks water, so then Sie trinken wasser = She drink water?? i know that doesn't make sense but the word DRINK as opposed to DRINKSSS, would seem to follow the rules above, but i guess since you cant have "she drink water" then "she" becomes "THEY DRINK water"???


    'sie' can mean 'they' or 'she' in German. 'Sie' (capitalized) means 'you (formal, singular)' or 'you (formal, plural)'. Since in this case, the 'Sie' stands at the beginning of the sentence, it theoretically could mean all of them. However, the verb conjugation 'trinken' tells you that it can't be 'she' (that would indeed be 'sie trinkt'). So you are left with the other three possibilities.


    @AllAm. No, That’s not how it works. “She” doesn’t become “they”.

    Sie trinkt Tee. = She drinks tea. Sie trinken Tee. = They drink tea. OR You (formal) drink tea.

    That’s it. Nothing to get so worked up about...

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