"Are your shoes white?"
Translation:Sind deine Schuhe weiß?
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If I'm not mistaken all of these translate to "Are your shoes white?" :
- Sind deine Schuhe weiß? 2. person singular
- Sind eure Schuhe weiß? 2. person plural
- Sind Ihre Schuhe weiß? 3. preson plural (formal, polite you)
1 note: ending -e is added to possessive pronouns (dein, Ihr) because Schuhe is a plural noun in nominative.
2 note: euer is inflected to eure http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/euer
more info here: http://goo.gl/rKXQGm
I hope I got it right.
what is the difference between "ihre" and "ihr"
ihr before masculine and neuter words: ihr Löffel (her spoon, their spoon), ihr Messer (her knife, their knife)
ihre before feminine and plural words: ihre Gabel (her fork, their fork), ihre Bücher (her books, their books)
I put "Sind deine Schuhe weiße?" and it marked it wrong. "weiß" isn't capitalized in the answer, so it's not a noun. So as an adjective shouldn't it take the number of the noun it would modify, in this case the plural Schuhe? And even if it doesn't HAVE to, why would the plural be wrong?
I saw that and it was confusing. I guess I'm not familiar with "un/inflected" being used in this way. So adjectives are only declined if it is a predicate statement (e.g. "The shoes are white"), or if it's just a regular adjective (e.g. "White shoes are fashionable"). Sorry to be nitpicky, I just like detail! In some of the other sentences, it seems more intuitive (e.g. "deine Jungen sind schnell") but for some reason this tripped me up.
It's acutally quite simple. Adjectives can be used attributively (i.e. in front of a noun like in "Das sind weiße Schuhe") or as a predicate (bascially after the verb "sein", but there are some other linking verbs, too) like in "Die Schuhe sind weiß". In the attributive case they are declined according to preceding determiner, number, gender and case. In the predicate case they don't change at all.
If you talk to your shoes (like Mma Makutsi does), and address them politely, you could ask:
"Sind Sie, verehrte Schuhe, weiß?
This suggests you are unable to see them, for some reason - maybe you put them on in the darkness, or else you could just look yourself. The shorter form: "Sind Sie, Schuhe, weiß?" sounds unelegant, but is technically possible.
Note that the commas are essential for the sentence to have some kind of possible meaning.
"Sind" is the verb you would use when talking about plural things, since you use the plural "Schuhe" to describe multiple shoes, "Sind" makes the most sense.
In English "You are" and "They are" both have the same verb conjugation "are." In german it is different; "Du bist" and "sie sind" mean the same thing as in english but the verb "to be" is conjugated differently for each.
The upshot of this is that "sind" makes more sense than "bist" when referring to multiple "Schuhe" as opposed to a singular "Schuh."
Simply hold down the alt key while you hit the S key. alt+S = ß
Also, if you hold alt and hit the U key, it will create an umlaut which will be applied to the next letter you type. So if you want to umlaut something, just go alt+U to get ¨ and then type whatever letter you need after it and the umlaut will move to that letter. alt+U+(A, O, U) = ä, ö, ü,