How do I know that Sie means "you"? Mögen is plural no? Wouldn't Sie be "they"?
This makes a great case for the Southern-American slang of "y'all" being a needed word.
there is a word for that actually: "youse" although tbh i like y'all more and i find myself saying it more and more everyday, and i'm from Ontario!
Youse can still possibly be singular though, plus it's mainly reserved for 1930s Chicago :P
I would also like to know this.. I googled it and the best I could come up with was if 'Sie" is capitalized it is 'you'.. Any insight?
That's the correct answer; it was also explained in some old lesson, I think.
You wouldn't be able to tell except by context when it's spoken, because verbs conjugate the same for Sie and sie. Sie capitalized is always going to be formal you.
Actually, "sie mag" is "she likes" the formal is "...Sie mögen..." as in this sentence. Here's a good conjugation site and you don't have to know the infinitive: http://www.vocabulix.com/conjugation/query_german.html?
Sorry, I meant sie for "they" in reference to the original post. Forgot to clarify.
Oh, dear my turn to by sorry. My mind only went to "she" forgetting about "they". :-}
"Jewellery" or "jewelry" are both correct. If it was not accepted you should report it..
The same thing happened to me, though I've not been marked down for "misspelling" anything before...
Jewellery is correct British English. This spelling of Jewellery should be allowed. It is not wrong!!!!!
Yes, I thought it was. Please report it. That's how other oversights have been corrected.
Probably 'schmuck'. Like 'jewelry' is singular and plural of 'jewelry'.
i made a typo and accidentally didn't capitalize Sie -- and duolingo didn't notice and counted it correct - and didn't translate it as do they like jewelry. so I'll credit this against the many times that duolingo said the correct answer was wrong.
how can you tell this apart from "do they like jewelry" if this sentence is spoken?
This one means either "Do you like jewelry?" (formal you) or "Do they like jewelry?" When written you can tell by the fact that Sie is capitalized, therefore it has to be the formal you. When spoken, you can only tell from context.
If don't you use formal on a scale from 1 to 10 how impolite am I?
It depends on the situation and who you are speaking to but as a nonnative, most people will be understanding but if you really want to get on in the language and with the people put in that bit more effort and learn the formal.