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I got this one wrong, but just because I accidentally pressed ' after Women. Now, 'Ihr' also means 'You', but it is used in a plural form. If you are talking to one person, you might say 'You are very good at German' or 'Du bist sehr gut auf Deutsch'. If for example, a teacher is speaking to her language class, to more than one person or so on, he/she would say 'You are very good at German [Boys/Girls]', or 'Ihr sind sehr gut auf Deutsch [Jungen/Mädchen]. Its just Ihr is plural.
They're the same in the sense that "am" and "is" mean the same thing.
With "I", you have to use "am", and with "he", you have to use "is". You can't say "I is a teacher and he am a baker", you have to say "I am a teacher and he is a baker".
And in German, you use seid with ihr (you, plural, informal) and you use sind with wir (we), sie (they), and Sie (you, formal).
- ich bin (I am)
- du bist (you are -- to one person whom you know well = singular informal)
- er ist, sie ist, es ist (he is, she is, it is)
- wir sind (we are)
- ihr seid (you are -- to several people whom you know well = plural informal)
- sie sind (they are); Sie sind (you are -- to one or more people whom you do not know well)
So, it's a bit weird in German, but some letters they pronounce differently, as well as Männer.
Ihr - Pronounced like Ear, but the E is usually just a bit more high pitched.
Männer - Though the umlaut is meant to make it deeper, it changes the ä to an e more than that. It's sort of like Menner, but with a deep e.
W is also pronounced with a V, and more to come.
It's der Apfel in the singular, not die Apfel.
(die Äpfel would be plural.)
Noun gender is, in general, not connected to the real gender of anything. Objects simply have masculine, feminine, or neuter grammatical gender and you have to learn the gender along with the word.
The pronoun Sie will be taught later in the course in the unit "Formal you".
"they" is sie (lowercase)
informal plural "you" is ihr (also lowercase)
formal "you", whether singular or plural, is Sie (always uppercase).
In speech, "they" and formal "you" sound identical, since you can't hear the capitalisation, of course. Context usually makes things clear.
In writing, you can see the difference in the capitalisation -- except of course at the beginning of a sentence, where the first letter is always capitalised: Sie sind Frauen could then mean "they are women" or "you are women", and Sie sind Lehrer could mean "they are teachers", "you are teachers", or "you are a teacher". (Since Lehrer looks the same in singular and plural.)
Du is an informal "you", talking to a single person. Example; Du bist ein Kind. (You are a kid).
Ihr is an informal 'plural' you, also used as y'all. It's just talking to a group of people, informally. Example; Ihr seid laut! (y'all are loud!)
Sie is a formal plural and singular. Used as you and y'all, but to a higher auditory or someone that needs to be spoken to formally (to a professor or another's parents, for example). Example; Sie sind nett. (you are nice)
Not when it refers to you (informal plural) or you formal....
'Ihr' also means 'You', but it is used in a plural form. If you are talking to one person, you might say 'You are very good at German' or 'Du bist sehr gut auf Deutsch'. If for example, a teacher is speaking to her language class, to more than one person or so on, he/she would say 'You are very good at German [Boys/Girls]', or 'Ihr sind sehr gut auf Deutsch [Jungen/Mädchen]. Its just Ihr is plural.