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A few verbs like sein ("to be") are completely irregular, and their conjugations simply need to be memorised:
ich bin = I am
du bist = you (singular informal) are
er/sie/es ist = he/she/it is
wir sind = we are
ihr seid = you (plural informal) are
sie sind = they are
Sie sind = you (formal) are
Write them out on a piece of paper if it helps you memorise them while learning. You will remember them eventually :) It helps to notice which ones are the same.
Thanks for this explanation as I have to admit I carry on getting these two words mixed up
I noticed that "seid" is used when talking about other people, but "sind" is used when oneself is included.
Seid is for when you are talking about someone else and sind is when you are talking about yourself. Sind is also used for sie (they)
I guess seid is when its a single person like 'you'
Eg: You are girls Ihr seid mädchen Single person+seid+plural
And sind is when there are multiple person like 'we'
Eg: We are girls Wir sind mädchen Plural form+sind+plural form
Hope i m correct
When "you" is a single person, then it is du bist.
When "you" is multiple people, then it is ihr seid.
sind is used for wir sind (we are) and for sie sind (they are).
But sind is not "the plural form of the verb" -- such a thing doesn't exist, just as English doesn't have, say, "the singular form of a verb".
"I give" and "he gives" are both singular but require different endings. "I give" and "you give" are the same but "he gives" is different -- even though all are singular. Similarly, wir sind and sie sind are the same but ihr seid is different -- even though all are plural.
Hi can I ask you an off topic thing. Your profile shows that you are learning so many languages. How do you maintain it, I mean, don't they make you confused while learning another language. Sorry for my English.
That is not correct.
- wir sind Männer = we are men
- wir sind Frauen = we are women
- sie sind Männer = they are men
- sie sind Frauen = they are women
- ihr seid Männer = you are men
- ihr seid Frauen = you are women
It depends on whether the subject is "we" or "you" or "they", not on whether it's about men or women.
Yes, you are correct. The thing that changes is "Das Mädchen" to "Die Mädchen".
You usually can't translate just individual words but have to look at the grammar of the entire sentence.
There can be sentences where the German has sind and the English had "did" - for example, Sind die Kinder gestern zur Schule gegangen? = "Did the children go to school yesterday?"
But that's because German often uses the compound past to talk about single events in the past; because gehen "to go" takes sein "to be" as its helping verb in the compound past; and because English uses "to do" as a helping verb when asking questions.
Not because sind "means" did.
I have a problem, can you help? When typing German, I can't use capital letters. In studying Spanish, no problem, in all other apps, no problem, just in dl German. So i can't do nouns correctly.
See my comment to duckee25.
When we have ihr meaning "you (plural)", it needs seid. That just has to be memorised. You can never have ihr sind.
In the German language do your D's always sound like T's? Please tell me if this is wrong.
No, not all of them -- only those at the end of a word (and sometimes in the middle of a word if it's a compound word and the D is at the end of one of the components).
All B D G at the end of a word turn voiceless, into P T K sounds.
So "sind" sounds as if it would be written "zint" in English.
But "das" does not sound like "tas".
"women" is the plural of "woman".
We don't use the article "a" with plural nouns in English.
Ok, let me think of it this way with my Romance languages...
Ihr seid = Ustedes son/Vocês são/Vous êtes/Voi sunteți Wir sind = Nosotros somos/Nós somos/Nous sommes/Noi suntem
That should make it easier for me.
Beware of the French and South American Spanish, which mix plural and polite.
In Spanish-from-Spain, ihr seid would be vosotros sois (plural) rather than Ustedes son (polite).
I agree with the above translation. Why is right the following translation made by machine: You all are women and we are girls? From which the "all" comes
ihr is used in German when you are speaking to more than one person.
In modern English, "you" can be used for speaking to one person or to many people, so some people make a distinction by using "you all" when speaking to many people.
So ihr could be translated as "you all" by those people, to show that it is now du (just one person) but ihr (many people).
Except that ihr is not slang in German -- it's the only pronoun you can use to speak to several people at once if you are on familiar terms with them.
wir sind (we are)
ihr seid (you are - speaking to several people)
sie sind (they are)
Look at the subject -- is it wir "we" or sie "they"? Then use sind. Is it ihr "you" (several people)? Then use seid.
There is no sound from the exercises where you have to type out what the audio saying or it says the German text in the language and you have to type out the English translation and vise-versa. I have my system volume up all the way and I even went onto another website and watched a video and the sound was playing, so I don't know if it's this website, but I have tried everything even checked my settings on my profile as well... Any help is greatly appreciated!!! :D
How do you pronounce 'er' and 'ihr'? They sound bery similar to me if not the sams
The pronunciation is similar to how someone from SE England (who "doesn't pronounce their R's") would pronounce "air" and "ear", respectively.
Irritated it marked this wrong when I put y'all instead of you because Ihr is more accurately equivalent to y'all in tbe English language.
Y'all is not standard English. Though I use it, it is very regional. In my native language (Hoosier) the corresponding expression is "you guys" or some say "youse." Although "youse" is looked down on.
An easy way to remember are to assign is singing the Ode to Joy ending and saying
Ich bin du bist er sie es ist Wir sind ihr seid sie/Sie sind.
It makes it so easy to remember!!
I am writing you are woman and we are girls and it says that i'm wrong and says the exact same thing that i said
No -- it says "you are women", not "you are woman". Note the E in the last syllable of "women".
ae oe ue ss should be accepted as workarounds for ä ö ü ß.
For example, type Maedchen if you can't type Mädchen, or ich heisse if you can't type ich heiße.
The system cannot check whether answers are true (whether they correspond to the real world) because it doesn’t know anything about the real world. It only checks whether answers are correct translations, by comparing them to a list of accepted translations.
For example, “I have three sisters” is true (because I do have three sisters), but that sentence is not a correct translation of the German sentence Ihr seid Frauen und wir sind Mädchen.
One correct translation would be “You are women and we are girls.”
What did you write? Nobody can see your answer, so just using the term “my answer” will not let anyone help you.
Please always write the entire answer, even if you thin’ the problem lies with one or two specific words — often, the problem is with word order or articles or adjective endings, which we can’t see if we do not see the entire sentence.