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"Sie kennen uns."

Translation:They know us.

February 8, 2014



Why not she knows us?

February 8, 2014


That would be "Sie kennt uns" ʒrd person singular. However, it could also mean "You (formal) know us"

February 8, 2014


So, given that the 'Sie' is at the start of the sentence and would be capitalised anyway, we have no way of knowing if this would be "You (formal), or "they"... is that right?

February 18, 2014


Indeed. And in spoken language (but not written) that is also the case in any other position. In written, capitalisation helps though.

February 18, 2014


Got it, thank you.

English seems to provide a lot of clarity with pronouns, which is missing in many other languages. This is probably why I'm struggling with it here a little.

For example, in Spanish they often don't bother putting the pronoun in there at all... so 'nos conoce' could mean 'he, she, or you' know(s) us'; 'nos conocen' can mean 'they or you(pl)' know us... I guess in comparison to that German is pretty straightforward in this regard.

February 19, 2014


Actually, English isn't very clear at all. Look at the word "you". Can mean one person or a whole group. And "we" can both mean "Me and my friends" or "Me and you" or "Me, my friends and you". There are languages that have different words for all these wes.

February 19, 2014


Pronouns are usually omitted in Spanish because context provides enough info to determine to which pronoun or entity the speaker(s) refer(s).

If not, the speaker is advised to provide enough info to disambiguate the context and to clear up any confusion that may result from that situation.

September 3, 2016


Agree with saschambaer, English it is unclear with pronouns.

I have another example: i love you, in spanish means te amo or te quiero, but English speakers use it to express love or desire with no indistinctions.

Or: me and my girlfriend and in spanish we are used to think about girlfriend as the member of a couple. But in english sometimes they use it to describe a friend which is a girl.

August 28, 2019


Look at the action word.

September 1, 2018


This is Bad... You =du or Ihr. Sie = they /kennen/ or she /kennt/

March 15, 2014


Sie kennen also means 'you know', if Sie is capitalised.

March 18, 2014


I thought it is capitalized since it's in the beginning of the sentence, How would one set the difference?

March 21, 2014


Good question... answer is you can't. You can only tell by context, which is pretty limited in these short sentences.

March 23, 2014


In written text its okey, but how one would differentiate betwn "Sie" and "sie" in spoken sentences.

June 8, 2015


It'd be by the context and verb following. In this case you would know that it was "they" being referred to as it's followed by "kennen", if the speaker said "kennt" then they would be referring to "she". However, differentiation between whether its "they" or "you" being referred to would the depend on the context. I hope that makes sense :)

July 31, 2017


Those stalkers!

September 15, 2014


Can this be written- kennst du uns?

December 29, 2015


Seems good to me

September 3, 2016


No. That would be a question like "Do you know us?" German is quite strict in syntax and verbs only go at the beginning of questions. Also, Sie is the formal form of you whereas du is informal. This particular sentence could be translated as either they or the formal you with this verb conjugation.

September 9, 2017


What is the diference between können and kennen?

June 17, 2014


They can both be translated as 'to know', but kennen refers to having acquaintance (ich kenne dich = I know you). Können refers to knowing how to do something, but also more generally means 'can' (ich kann das machen = I can do that).

February 15, 2016


Can someone explain why its Kennen and not Kent?

February 26, 2014


It's one of those sentences where.. the verb determines the noun used. Sie capitalized is the formal 'You', sie lowercase is the word for 'She'. Since Sie is at the start of the sentence it is capitalized regardless of whether it means Formal You or She. So you must rely on the verb (and context) to clue you in. We don't have any context in these Duolingo exercises so I think they're trying to teach us to pay attention to the verbs moreso than the subjects.

March 2, 2014


“Take a look at this site. This is very helpful. http://www.vocabulix.com/conjugation/German-Verbs.html Type any word 'kenne' and click 'search.' And the click 'Show All' for 'Present.' You will find what to use and when.”

July 26, 2014


I think everyone is missing the point of this sentence. It CAN BE the formal you, theoretically, but in practice this would not be used in English. "You know us" would more likely be used as You know who we are. So the plural -en =they because in practice They know us is common. You know us is not.

April 21, 2014


I agree.. Many sentences on Duo are of this nature

June 6, 2016


How do you use Uns?

August 20, 2014


Shouldn't it be "they know us" ??

August 28, 2016


They know us I believe

December 27, 2016


I just answer this correctly and it said I was wrong even though it was exactly the same answer showed as correct

October 18, 2017


Double talk... (o:

October 16, 2018
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