What is the difference between 'sind' and 'seid'?

Hi. Ive been learning German recently, and I had a hard time getting used to all the masculine and feminine nouns. I appear to understand most of the other words. However, I dont seem to understand the difference between 'sind' and 'seid'. I am thinking of the masculine and feminine, but I am not that sure. Duolingo says that both mean 'are'. What is the exact difference between those two?

January 6, 2016


They belong to different subjects, the former belongs to third person plural, and the latter belongs to first person plural, second person formal (both singular and plural), and third person plural.

Ya'll are = ihr seid
They are = sie sind
You, my dear sir, are = Sie sind
We are = wir sind


January 6, 2016

I think, you forgot: "wir sind"

maybe it makes it easier to show the complet declension of the verb

ich: bin; du: bist; er/sie/es: ist; wir: sind; ihr: seid; sie/Sie: sind; I think it is not really logically - you have no choice but to learn it ;-)

January 6, 2016

Danke! This helped the most out of all the other comments.

April 13, 2018

And also: You, my dear sir, are: Sie sind (formal, singular or plural, always spelled with a capital letter)

January 6, 2016

English used to use the standard "you" as a polite form and the word "thou" as a casual form, but thou became more and more impolite and so it lost usage. Just a fun fact.

January 6, 2016

ach ja, danke!

January 6, 2016

thank you

May 5, 2019

"sind" is 1. person plural (present) and "seid" is the 2. person plural (present) ich bin du bist er ist wir sind ihr seid sie sind

January 6, 2016

its so ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ annoying when im trying

February 4, 2019

Danke, for providing very good information

May 22, 2018

Guten Tag mein freund! I had the exact same problem!!!

August 7, 2018

Think of it this way. One is formal and one is unformal.

August 7, 2018

I think?

August 7, 2018

What about 'bist'?

September 24, 2018

idk about using them in du and in wir and in ich

April 11, 2019

im having a hard time too lol

July 9, 2019
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