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.
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.)
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?"
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
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.
You can use Reverso's conjugator tool: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-german-verb-trinken.html
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".
That would mean "They are 'drinking water'", as in, they are 'water that you are able to drink'.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.