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"Sie sind Frauen."

Translation:They are women.

November 15, 2013



Please help me, so "Sie sind Frauen." can both mean : "You are women" but also "They are women" ?!


I think 'you (plural) are women' would be 'ihr seid Frauen'.


Yes, but You (formal) are women, can be Sie sind Frauen


Leave it up to being "formal" to make things confusing


No, it's really important to understand it in the first lessons, or you won't understand it later.

Formal you is very important in German, and it's the things you learn when you just start to learn a language, the very basics: the pronouns!

Just remember than the polite you (singular or plural, it's the same one), always uses a capitalization for the «S»: Sie. And is conjugated as a plural.

It's like saying «they are» to address only one person or a group of person to be polite. It's not so difficult.

@Zachary Yes, it's like Usted/Ustedes in Spanish.


But here Sie is in beginning of the sentence so it obviously has to be capitalized. So in such a case, how would understand the difference between "they are" and "you are" ? I guess you leave it up to the context?


No, because you are ONLY ONE woman, so in formal: Sie sind eine Frau. Frauen is the plural form


Can I just check if I got it?

Sie sind = they are/ you are (formal singular), so cannot be used with plural things.

Is there a formal way to say you are (plural)?


So once again

I am - ich bin.
You are - du bist.
She/he/it is - sie /er/es ist.
We are- wir sind.
YOU ARE- ihr seid.
They are- sie sind.
Plus the formal way (f.e. to the elderly,tachers or in a formal letter) , where you ALWAYS mention the person with a capital letter. But you only use it in a very formal conversation!!! or when you want to be very very very polite!
You are - Sie sind You are (pl) - Sie sind


So is Fraun misspelled Frauen?

I put Fraun in and it accepted it as correct.... just want to make sure it is correct.


Frauen is the correct spelling.

Duolingo lets you use ue in place of ü -- and thinks that works the other way around as well, i.e. that it's permissible to turn Frauen into Fraün (which is nonsense).

And sometimes, Duolingo lets you omit the dots (which is also bad), so it will allow Fraun for Fraün as well.

But both Fraun and Fraün are simply nonsense in German, regardless of what Duolingo allows through.


I love this community so can someone tell me why it tought me she was sie


can someone tell me why it tought me she was sie

Because "she" in German is sie.

And "they" in German is also sie.

They used to look different a couple of thousand years ago, but because of sound changes, they ended up looking and sounding the same.

So now you have to look at the verb to know whether to translate sie as "she" or "they".


In previous learning i learnt that sie meas she but here sie means they Whyyyy??????!!!


Because sie in German means both "she" and "they".

And because in modern German, only masculine words have a separate direct object (accusative) form, sie can even mean "her" and "them".


Why is sind used in sie


Why is sind used in sie

Just the way it is. sie (they) goes with sind.

Kind of like you have to say "I am" in English and cannot say "I is" or "I are" -- "I" simply goes with "am".


What exactly does Sie means??


Lowercase sie can mean

  • she
  • her
  • they
  • them

Uppercase Sie is the formal "you".

At the beginning of a sentence, you can't tell the difference, since the first word of a sentence is always capitalised in German.

(And if you think it's silly that one word can have four different uses: English does the same with "you". Singular subject: "Anna, you are a girl." Singular object: "Anna, I see you." Plural subject: "Julia and Anna, you are girls." Plural object: "Julia and Anna, I see you.")


Sie can also mean "She" right?...


Sie can also mean "She" right?


But the verb forms will be different: sie ist "she is" versus sie sind "they are".

And for regular verbs, the endings are -t versus -en, e.g. sie trinkt "she is drinking" versus sie trinken "they are drinking".


Fast typing messed me up, 1 letter off women "womem"


Why its she-sie,and they-sie??


Why its she-sie,and they-sie?

Just the way it is.

They used to be distinct a thousand years ago or so (siu versus sia), but have since fallen together into sie -- presumably as part of the general neutralising of word-final vowels. (Look at the many German words ending in -e.)

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