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".

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

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

or "ustedes" maybe?

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.

Wrong! In Spain we mostly use "vosotros". "Ustedes" is for formal settings.

When I took Spanish, they taught us about vosotros, although we rarely used it (I'm in the US). To my knowledge, it's only really ever used in Spain, not Mexico or elsewhere.


Ikr! He deserves it.

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much!


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

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

"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

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".

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

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

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    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)

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

    finally I got it, thanks

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

    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

    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?
    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.

    Isn't sie plural too?

    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.

    Ihr is plural, Du es singular. But I have read that you can also use Ihr to address someone you don´t know, because Du would be disrespectful. After you get familiar with that person, then you can use Du when refering to that person. This is similar in spanish.


    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>

    this was in tips

    'Ihr' is you guys 'du' is you.

    Yes, all the singular versus plural makes a lot of sense - BUT - when there is nothing but a loose sentence: "You have an apple". How do you know when to translate to "du" versus to "ihr" - no context given. Should I always automatically choose "ihr"?

    Trink. Ich trinke. Du trinkst. Er/Sie trinkt. Wir/Sie trinken. Then what form of verb will be used for Ihr? What will be the translation of You(Plural) drink?

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