Du vs Ihr
What is the difference between "du" and "ihr"?
Think of it as 'Du' being singular- you would use it when addressing one person. Whereas 'Ihr' is plural- you would use it when addressing a group of people ("you guys" or " y'all")
The differnce between du and ihr as a form of you is that ihr can be used to mean you (singular) or you (plural similar to you all). Was dankst du? = what do you think Was dankt Ihr? = what do you think (singular) Was dankt ihr? = what do you think (plural or asking a group)
There are three "sie"s in german. the first one is the formal you and it should be written with a capital S even it isn't at the beginning of the sentence. The second one is sie meaning she and the last one is sie meaning they. So yes, sie is plural but it's not the same as Ihr, Ihr is you. In german, there is Du which also means you but for one person and Ihr is used to talk to from 2 to more people.
I know that du is singular and ihr is plural but some of these questions are bit problematic since singular form "thou" is not used in modern English. For example: translate this to german. You come from Italy. I can't decide if it is Du kommst aus Italien or Ihr kommt aus Italien.
If you are familiar with someone, you use du (which is called "duzen"). For example, if you talk to your mother, you would say:<pre>
"Hast du jetzt Zeit, Mama?" (Do you have time now, Mommy?).</pre>
Use this form for family members, co-students, children and young adults. Ihr
If you refer to more than one person, you use ihr. This is also a "familiar" form, so use it in the same settings as du.
The German ihr you learned earlier is the informal plural of "you," like in<pre>
Hans und Karl, habt ihr Zeit? (Hans and Karl, do you have time?)</pre>
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