Du vs Ihr

What is the difference between "du" and "ihr"?

March 8, 2014


"Du " is singular and "ihr" is plural. In spanish "du" is "tu" and "ihr" is "vosotros".

March 8, 2014


March 28, 2017

Ikr! He deserves it.

May 11, 2017

Thanks, this helped me a lot, especially since I learned Spanish first and then German.

October 10, 2016

same, but in spanish we never used vosotros....:( im screwed lol

February 27, 2017

or "ustedes" maybe?

June 17, 2017

vosotros is a really weird word that I have never heard being used un the real world, aside from Spain. is really, really archaic. ''ustedes'' is always to be used.

April 23, 2018

oh that makes so much more sense! I was thinking it's formal vs informal but it wasnt adding up.

June 18, 2016

Oh so that's why it's so hard for an english speaker, where "you" is the same for singular and plural.

March 8, 2016

ah.. well, it's the same in norwegian... "du" is singular for you, and "dere" is the plural version of you.

September 23, 2017

Thank you so much!

May 30, 2017

Keep in mind that "Vosotros" only applies in spanish from Spain, in latin América Ihr would be "ustedes".

June 19, 2019

thank you!

June 15, 2019

Think of "ihr" as "you guys" or "you all". It's you plural.

March 8, 2014

or y'all : )

November 4, 2015

Du is an informal, singular you Ihr is more of an informal, plural you like "y'all" or a "you guys"

September 23, 2016

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")

October 5, 2018

You use "du" for "you" when talking to just one person and you use "ihr" as a translation of "you" when talking to / about several people. "Ihr" can also mean "her".

March 8, 2014

"Ihr" can also mean "her" that my problem! :-)

May 10, 2018

"Du" is used when there is only one person or if you are talking directly to that person only and "ihr" is when you are talking to a lot of people so, it's plural. "Ihr" in English could also be like "y'all" or something like that

December 6, 2016

du is singular and ihr I daauyi du bist frau and ihr seid frauen

September 4, 2017

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)

October 1, 2014

vielen dank

January 9, 2016

So ihr so "you all" or "you everyone" and du is "you only"?

April 1, 2016

finally I got it, thanks

June 23, 2016

I learned German in a Texas high school. So Du was translated as you, and Ihr was translated y'all.

January 19, 2017

Du is when you are talking to one person and ihr is when you are talking to multiple people. Example: Ihr seid sehr schnell - you are very fast - now im saying this to a group of people since I have a ihr so it would be the equivalent of y'all are very fast

July 9, 2017

And then Sie is the polite form of du but is there a polite form of Ihr or does Ihr cover polite plural as well?

April 25, 2018
  1. Du is Singular form of You. E.g. You are a boy.

  2. Ihr is Plural form of You. You guys are awesome players.

August 24, 2018

Isn't sie plural too?

January 16, 2019

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.

January 16, 2019

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.

May 27, 2019
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