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"Ihr trinkt Tee."

Translation:You are drinking tea.

October 16, 2015



How does one distinguish between the habitual 'you drink tea' and the momentary 'you are drinking tea' ? Or is that not done in German?


Not usually; it's generally clear from context, or you could use an adverb such as regelmäßig "regularly" or gerade "right now".

It's simply a distinction that's not grammaticalised in German -- a bit like evidentiality in English.


'You drink tea' and ' You're drinking tea' is the same in the German language, isn't it? So when I write 'You drink tea' for ihr trinkt Tee', why is it wrong?


It isn't wrong; it's just a missing alternative. Please report it using the "Report a problem" button so that it can be added.


I wrote "you guys drink tea" isn't Ihr for 2nd person plural?


In English, you is the same for singular and plural.So I think there is no need to add an extra word like 'guys'


Having "you" be the same for singular and plural can occasionally be confusing or at least ambiguous.

So many native speakers have come up with ways to differentiate them, e.g. using "you guys" or "y'all" for an explicit plural.

That sort of thing is usually regional; there is no univeral distinction between singular and plural.


Yes, "ihr" is 2nd person plural here.

I suppose it wasn't accepted because "you guys" is regional as a 2nd person plural pronoun. (Some say "y'all" instead of "all y'all"; most do not make a distinction.)

You could report it and see whether it will be added.


What is the pronunciation difference between "er" and "Ihr"?


"er" is [ɛɐ̯] or [eɐ̯] while "ihr, Ihr" are [iɐ̯].

So the second element is the same but the first one is either like "e" in German "Bett" or "Beet", or like the "ie" in German "bieten". (Or like the "e" in English "bet" and like the "ee" in English "beet", respectively.)


Wouldn't it be "She drinks tea." instead of "You drink tea." If it's "You drink tea." wouldn't it be formatted like "Ihr trinkst tee."



trinkst is the verb form for du (i.e. when you are speaking to one person).

If you are speaking to multiple people, then the word for "you" is ihr, and the verb form for ihr is trinkt without the -s-.

"She drinks tea" would be Sie trinkt Tee.

In this case, the er, sie, es and the ihr forms of the verb are the same (sie trinkt, ihr trinkt), but this is not always the cases -- for example, sie isst but ihr esst, sie gibt but ihr gebt, sie ist but ihr seid, sie hat but ihr habt.


What is the gender of 'Tee'?


What is the gender of 'Tee'?

It's masculine: der Tee.


What's the difference between "ihr" and "er" in pronunciation? I can't tell the difference between them through the audios


Why tea doesnt have an article ? Or its have?


Because she is not drinking specific tea. She is just "drinking tea" (in general).


"You 're drinking tea" isn't wrong.


"You're drinking tea" is not wrong, no. "you're" is spelled as one word in English.


What's the difference between you all are drinking tea and you are all drinking tea?


This is so frustrating. 'Er trinkt Tee' and 'Ihr trinkt Tee' are both correct and sound the same phonetically but duo marks me wrong for 'Er trinkt ...' i looked up the conjugation

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