"Sind ihre Freunde Frauen?"

Translation:Are her friends women?

January 10, 2013



If the question asks whether the freinds are women, why does it use the masculine Freunde? And why not the feminine Freundinnen?

July 28, 2014


Because the speaker doesn't know if the friends are women or not. Freunde can be both male and an unspecified general friends. If you ask Sind ihre Freundinnen Frauen? you would be asking "Are her female friends women?" which would make much less sense. If you know enough to ask about Freundinnen, then presumable you know they are women.

November 18, 2014


Actually, the masculine "friend" is "Freund". "Freunde" is plural.

March 22, 2015


The plural of Freundin is Freundinnen, which indicates that it is only women.

May 25, 2015


But both forms are grammatically correct, right?

May 16, 2017


Not here no.

May 16, 2017


If ihr is both 'her' and 'their' how do you know which is meant. Talking with someone about 'her friends' could be different to talking about 'their friends'

September 6, 2013



Like how in English, "you" can be one person or several -- how do you know which is meant?

If you say, "Come here!", how do you know whether you are talking to one person or to an entire group?

Only context can help. In the absence of context, both interpretations are possible.

May 6, 2018


Really confused with the word ihr and ihre

How to use them?

March 20, 2016


Can "ihre" be a formal "your"?

April 28, 2013


No. In formal it should be capitalized "Ihre"

August 17, 2013


Why the sentence :"Are your friends women?" is not correct

July 15, 2014


If you're only hearing it, then it could be "your friends," but if you can see that "ihr" is not capitalized, then it cannot be the formal you, because that would be "Ihr."

November 18, 2014


doesn't accept ladies D:

July 13, 2013



September 3, 2016


"Are your (pural) friends women?" or as some people might say "Are your guy's friends women?"

September 24, 2014


Plural form of you in this sentence would be "Seid eure Freunde Frauen?".

February 15, 2015


"Sind eure Freunde Frauen"*

May 25, 2015


If instead of "her friends," we wanted to say "your friends" "(2nd person: du/ihr/Sie,) the options would be the following: "Sind deine Freunde Frauen?" (deine/your = informal sing. "you") Sind eure Freunde Frauen? (ihr/your = informal plural, as in y'all) "Sind Ihre Freunde Frauen?" (Ihre/your = formal singular or plural, note the upper case "Ihre",) As for the last option, note that Duo's phrase: "Sind ihre Freunde Frauen" (ihre/her = is in lower case which distinguishes it in writing only from the formal Ihre. In the spoken language you'll need to put it in context as both ihre/Ihre are pronounced the same way.)

Note for razorwynd, English Grammar: re "your guy's" - is wrong. The correct colloquial/regional form is- you guys - where "guys" is always plural Note that the possessive form of 'you guys' = 'your guys's,' is considered very, very bizarre, not to say, wrong. More info on this link: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/12277/what-is-the-possessive-of-you-guys

July 21, 2018


Where to use “Freunden“?!

July 24, 2017


In the dative case.

mit ihren Freunden "with her friends".

July 25, 2017


What is the gender for Freunden? Des Freunden?

October 10, 2017


Freunden is not a dictionary word. It's the dative plural of Freund which is masculine.

October 10, 2017


Also, when do you use Freunde, Akkusativ fall?

October 10, 2017


Freunde is plural nominative, genitive, or accusative.

October 10, 2017


"Are women her friends" is wrong.? Any reason?

July 2, 2018


Yes; that would be Sind Frauen ihre Freunde?.

It's a bit like the difference between "Are dogs poodles?" and "Are poodles dogs?".

July 2, 2018


I answered "Are her friends female" and it's not correct-- are women and female not interchangable here?

July 4, 2018


    No, they're not interchangeable. "Women" is a plural noun. "Female" is in this context an adjective. "Are her friends female?" would be Sind ihre Freunde weiblich?

    Even if you consider "female" to be a noun (which sounds a bit strange to me in everyday speech about people), then your sentence would need to be "Are her friends females?". This is not however an accepted answer, as it sounds weird in the context of people. If talking about animals however, you might use the word Weibchen for "a female (animal)".

    May 24, 2019
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