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"Sie hat Wasser."

Translation:She has water.

February 15, 2013



i wish to clarify:

habt = ihr habe = ich haben = plural subjects hat = sie/es/er

am i correct?


Yes, you're right.

haben (to have)

ich habe (I have)

du hast (you [singular, informal] have)

er/sie/es hat (he/she/it has)

wir haben (we have)

ihr habt (you [plural, informal] have)

sie/Sie haben (they/you [sgl. + plural, formal] have)


My confusion is with Sie/sie whether it's they or she


Look at the verb form.

sie hat = she has

sie haben = they have


Thank you for this. I got really confused with the "Sie"


How do you refer to a verb in german, as in english one would say, for example: to eat, to read, to walk...?


I think they end in EN: lesEN, habEN, essEN,... (some don't : seIN, for example)


How do you know the difference between Sie=they and Sie=she?


From the verb, see my list above.

sie hat = she has

sie haben = they have


Is "She is having water" also correct?


No, because that would indicate that she is drinking water or planning to drink water. The German verb "haben" does not mean that someone is eating or drinking something.


How do i know if sie is formal or not?


1.) From the verb, see my list above.

Sie hat Wasser . = She has water.

Sie haben Wasser. = They/you (formal) have water.

2.) From the capitalisation - only "Sie = you (formal)" is capitalised if it appears in the middle of a sentence.

3.) From the context.


I'm absolutely certain that there is some dialect of some language where this means "She needs to pee."


How come sie is she and not you?


Because of the verb.

1) sie hat = she has

3) Sie haben = you (formal) have

4) sie haben = they have


Why is this not: "Sie hat das Wasser"? Wasser is neuter and here it is used in accusative. I thought that singular nouns MUST have either definite or indefinite article. What am I missing here?


That's mostly true for countable nouns. (With exceptions at least for professions and roles, as you will learn later in the course, e.g. Tom ist Arzt "Tom is a doctor".)

But Wasser is a mass noun, an uncountable noun, and so it doesn't need a determiner in the singular.


'They have water' should also be accepted surely?


No, of course not; the verb form is not correct for that.

“They have” would be sie haben, not sie hat.


Doesn't Sie also mean they? How do you know if it is she or they?


Doesn't Sie also mean they?

"they" is lowercase sie. (But capitalised as the first word of a sentence.)

How do you know if it is she or they?

Kerryg64 already asked this question five years ago; please see the thread they started to see the answer they received.

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