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"I like you."

Translation:Ich mag dich.

March 4, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wjdyce

Is there a difference between "dich" and "euch"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CandaceLei

"Dich" is singular you while "Euch" is plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samoreno_

What is the difference of euch and ihr


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/faria27

I think it's the same difference between "du" and "dich"; one is the normal case and the other is the accusative? I am not a doctor...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nerkitt

Exactly. "du" and "ihr" are nominative, "dich" and "euch" is accusative.

(Incidentally, "euch" is also the dative of "ihr", but that doesn't matter in this sentence.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YohanesSap2

Let's say "du" is the subject, it is named nominative case because it is the subject.

Use "dich" if it's an object, which in grammatical jargon is the accusative case.

So nouns have cases to signify what its role is: a subject, an object, etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jerkoid

Dich -> you, euch -> y'all.

Except in the nominative case, which I don't believe English has


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

English has a nominative case, or you could call it subjective case -- it's the case that "I" or "we" are in, as opposed to the objective case "me" and "us".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/speakamylanguage

In New Zealand and Australia we say youse instead of y'all. (Not a real word but commonly said)... Like "what are youse doing tonight?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmvjjvmd

They say that in Vermont, too, apparently. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben829500

I wouldn't say "y'all" isnt a real word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crystal1903

Technically it's a contraction of two words: you and all. While not as common, I would say it's just as much of a word as any other contraction (i.e. can't, don't, etc.).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirjayu

Dich is for you in singular and euch for plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/verbomph

The direct object, in this situation "you", of the verb "like" or "mögen" means it is represented in the accusative case: dich (you-informal), euch (you-plural), and Sie (you-formal).

I am so easily thrown off by this and had to look it up... repeatedly. I hope commenting on it here, burns it into my head!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryKaelin

Why is it appropriate to use a plural "you" (euch) in this sentence? This is supposedly a flirting section, and it seems unlikely or extremely confident that the speaker would be trying to pick up more than one person at a time. ...?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I'll go for the "confident" -- why not imagine one person going up to a group of two or three people and trying to chat them all up at once?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InvertedGo

This shows up in more than just the flirting section. It could familial love too. A father to his children, for example.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VqEX15

Sie is not equal to "euch". Sie is more often used for one person you are not on first name basis with e.g. "Frau Müller ich mag Sie!" - " Misses Müller I like you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/castle_crush

it's called "opening a set"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/serkanbic

Wrong translation. My selections are: 1) Ich mag Sie. 2) Ich mag Du. 3) Ich mag Dir.

Correct Solution is: Ich mag Sie.

Why???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Because mögen is a regular transitive verb -- it takes a direct object in the accusative case.

du is in the nominative case, so ich mag du is not grammatical.

dir is in the dative case, so ich mag dir is not grammatical. (At least not in standard German. Berlin dialect is another kettle of fish.)

Sie is either nominative or accusative -- so ich mag Sie is grammatical.

If you wanted to use the informal singular pronoun, it would have to be ich mag dich.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cecil512336

So "Sie" can be used to mean you, in formal context? I see how it's grammatical, but I've never been shown sie as meaning you (rather than she or they). (Duolingo gave me the same 3 options, for translating "I like you.")


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

So "Sie" can be used to mean you, in formal context?

Yes, capitalised Sie is the formal "you".

The formal "you" is supposed to be introduced later in the course, but there are many sentences earlier on (often due to the Pearson partnership, who had a different idea of course structure -- see https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24066422/Interference-from-the-Pearson-course ) that use Sie before it was taught.

It doesn't help that in tapping exercises with a word bank, Duolingo has decided to lower-case all the word bank tiles, which is catastrophic for a language such as German where sie and Sie mean entirely different things.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mike17927

I chose dir because it seems inappropriate to tell someone in a formal situation that you like them añd dich was not an option..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/castle_crush

the formal register may be used in rp


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PParvathi

Sie means formal du , was explained at the tips section, before beginning this lesson.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ilsav.R.

I had the same exercise and jumped to the conclusion Duo had introduced the first formal 'Sie' example, a level i haven't achieved yet. Sorta confusing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouiseYau

Dosent really make sense contextually though, when would someone formally say i like you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/serkanbic

Sir you are so quick. Sie is the plural one here isn't it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Sie can be singular or plural; it's the formal form.

The informal is du (singular) or ihr (plural); the formal only has one form Sie for singular or plural.

  • Hans, du bist ein Mann. Ich mag dich.
  • Hans und Peter, ihr seid Männer. Ich mag euch.
  • Herr Schmidt, Sie sind ein Mann. Ich mag Sie.
  • Herr Schmidt und Herr Müller, Sie sind Männer. Ich mag Sie.

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/serkanbic

I see that you have knowledge of Turkish. So can we say it is similar as ''Siz'' in Turkish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Only partly.

siz can be informal plural, like German ihr, or it can be formal, like German Sie.

Yağmur ve Simge, siz arkadaşlarımsınız. (ihr)

Bay İpekçioğlu, siz arkadaşımsınız. (Sie)

Bay Demirtaş ve Bayan Öztürk, siz arkadaşlarımsınız. (Sie)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesFin778103

Thanks. Really clear explanation. I was misled by the old pop song: Ich liebst du nicht / Du liebst nicht ich (or was it 'mich'?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Do you mean this one?

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Da_Da_ich_lieb_dich_nicht_du_liebst_mich_nicht_aha_aha_aha

ich lieb is spoken for standard written ich liebe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YohanesSap2

Then why did I was being wronged by Duolingo? I chose ich mag dir, clearly they are wrong here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpelaSeola

But it should be ich mögen Sie not mag??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

But it should be ich mögen

No. The verb form of mögen for the subject ich is mag:

  • ich mag
  • du magst
  • er/sie/es mag
  • wir mögen
  • ihr mögt
  • sie/Sie mögen

You need to choose the verb form that matches the subject -- not the object.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/missriley

'I mog di' ... This is Austrian slang for 'I like you.' Just a nice little fact :) Duolingo doesn't like it though, so don't use it as an answer!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaptainPilot

I read Austrian as Australian for a second there. That's neat!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacquesFre5

I have a tshirt "No kangaroos in Austria". That helps me to remember.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandiWL

Austria was once part of Germany. Catherine the Great was an Austrian princess before she became Catherine the Great. My grandmother looked exactly like her photos in the encyclopedia and we do have German heritage.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RamiroF.

How is "Ich mag du" wrong!!!!!?????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Endoyo

Du is nominative, dich is accusative.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scarvbarv

What is dir? I chose "Ich mag dir" and got it wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

What is dir?

Dative case. Often translated with "to ..." in English, e.g. *ich gebe dir... * = I give ... to you.

I chose "Ich mag dir" and got it wrong.

Indeed. You need the accusative case after the verb mögen.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ehrjon
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Hi Philip! This might be an improbable hypothetical scenario, but IF it's indeed a possibility, what do we do, then? Say, a sentence uses a verb requiring the accusative case (e.g., mögen), but at the same time if it also involves a dative-invoking preposition (e.g., mit), what then? I can't come up with an example; perhaps because such a scenario can't ever occur. Vielen dank. (19 July, 2020)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

The case that a preposition takes is irrelevant of the case that a verb takes.

You can have a verb with an accusative object and, in the same sentence, a preposition with a dative complement.

For example, Ich mag es, mit dir spazieren zu gehen "I like to go on walks with you", with accusative es and dative dir.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vonbergenv

Why not Ich mag Ihnen?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartyCashew

Ihnen is for dativ, but this is akkusativ (vierte Fall)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gprobst

I'm wondering the same thing. Would "you" not be dativ case in this case, in which case we would use "Ihnen?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

It would not be dative case here, no.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NataliaTsami

when should we capitalize du,dich,dir ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluthund

They used to be capitalized in letters etc. to express politeness. Today (after the spelling reform), you can capitalize them, but you don't have to.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arangelovivan

can we do the same with the verb "lieben" Ich liebe dich;, Ich liebe euch;, Ich liebe Sie?????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluthund

You can (however it would be weird to tell someone that you love them if you're not even close enough to use "du").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InvertedGo

Unless it's an historical situation. Think Regency period. "Miss Bennet, you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." In that case it would be correct to say it in Sie form.

But I agree, in a modern context it would sound very odd.

[And yes, I realize that isn't the exact quote but the tone of formality is accurate.]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Istrael

Why Sie instead of Dir like when we say "Ich danke dir"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirstinmjkeller

You say dir because 'danken' is one of the verbs that makes you take the dative case. In this case, mag does not. So it will be "Ich mag dich, ich mag euch, ich mag Sie" and so on. Just like "I love you" is "Ich liebe dich" (not dir). Hope this makes sense :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Incrump7

Can someone explain the difference betwn dativ and akkustiv.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PJMCD

Dativ = Dative - to noun i.e. I give the bread to you
Akkusativ = accusative - i.e. I like you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vampmiyu

Dative > gives DATA on noun (who do you give to?) Akkusatib > "accuses" something directly (I accuse you)

Just a silly addes example to help remember the info ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruth476533

That's really helpful Thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/talia-89

seriously!? "dich" wasn't even an option!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/conrad_wisest

Why is "Ich mag Sie" also a valid answer?


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    Because Sie with a capital S is the formal you, both singular and plural. So if you say "Ich mag Sie", you're still telling a person (or possibly people) that you like them.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pavlo990578

    For me the correct answer was "Ich mag Sie". It is in the lesson Accusative Pronouns and I didn't learn formal you yet. So, I think it should be changed to "Ich mag dich"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieBarha

    Can someone please explain what formal and informal versions of a word are and when they should be used?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

    Roughly speaking, you would use Sie, the formal "you", to people that you would address by their last name in English: adult strangers, perhaps your boss.

    And du (singular) / ihr (plural), the informal "you", to people that you would address by their first name in English: friends, relatives, children.

    "Mr. Smith, can you help me, please?" = *Herr Smith, können Sie mir bitte helfen?"

    "John, can you help me, please?" = *John, kannst du mir bitte helfen?"

    "Mrs Brown and Mrs White, can you help me, please?" = *Frau Brown und Frau White, können Sie mir bitte helfen?"

    "Mary and Susan, can you help me, please?" = *Mary und Susan, könnt ihr mir bitte helfen?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieBarha

    Thank you! I understand now


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertLunkez

    what does mean "gefallen" ? is it a dative verb?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
    Mod

      It is. You can think of it as meaning "is pleasing" or "to please", because its grammar is different. E.g. Du gefällst mir = "I like you" (literally "You are pleasing to me").


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShahriarAl

      Would you say it's similar to "plaire" in French and "piacere" in Italian? E.g. "ça me plait" or "mi piace la pasta"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aundreaming

      I've tried all the answers but it keeps calling me incorrect. Is there something I'm missing?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Yes -- there should be a line above the exercise that says something like "choose ALL of the correct answers" which you probably missed, if you only picked one answer at a time.

      Sometimes, two answers are correct and then you have to pick both of those in order to proceed. Very rarely, even all three are correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZekeWalton

      Whats the diff between mag and mögen


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Verb conjugation.

      • ich mag
      • du magst
      • er mag, sie mag, es mag
      • wir mögen
      • ihr mögt
      • sie mögen; Sie mögen

      mögen is also the infinitive and thus also the dictionary form


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluthund

      Mögen is the unconjugated form and cannot be used with ich, du, er etc. Just like you can't say "he like", but have to say "he likes" instead. You have to choose the corresponding verb form for each subject: ich mag, du magst, er mag...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Mögen is the unconjugated form and cannot be used with ich, du, er etc.

      That's misleading, because "etc." sounds as if you mean all personal pronouns.

      But wir mögen and sie mögen are correct -- remember that the wir and sie forms always look like the unconjugated (infinitive) form with the exception of the verb "to be" (infinitive sein but wir sind, sie sind).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexanderW24254

      Why am i using sie here?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      All of these translations are possible:

      • Ich mag dich. (spoken to one person whom you know well)
      • Ich mag euch. (spoken to many people whom you know well)
      • Ich mag Sie. (spoken to one or more people whom you do not know well, when you are being polite/formal)

      There are no correct translations using (lowercase) sie. (Ich mag sie. would be "I like her" or "I like them" but not "I like you".)

      This sentence belongs to the unit "formal you" which introduces the pronoun Sie for "you".

      You would use it when speaking to adult strangers or people you respect (e.g. your boss). Roughly, to people whom you would address by family name in English (e.g. "Mr Smith / Ms Jones") rather than by first name.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexaLindb475

      Why isn't ich liebe dich a possible answer?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Because that means "I love you" and not "I like you".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeyGMT

      Odd this is in the "formal you" branch of the tree.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephensoldner

      I don't understand it, either. The answer is given as 'Ich mag dich', which is informal but the unit is 'Formal You'.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatrickSte10583

      Duo only gave dir, du and sie as choices, I put Ich mag du and it was marked wrong, and said the correct answer is Ich mag sie.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      The other choice should have been Sie (capitalised = you), not sie (lowercase = her / them).

      ich mag du is as wrong as "I like he" -- the object of the verb has to be in the accusative case, not the nominative case.

      So the expected answer should have been Ich mag Sie (with capitalised Sie).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatrickSte10583

      I didn't read all the comments before I posted, got it now! Danke.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/innorv_

      I think there's a bug in my Duo.. the correct answer is: Ich mag sie (I like she/them) --not "I likr you" instead. :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sqrtnegativeone

      Is 'Ich mag Sie' valid...?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Is 'Ich mag Sie' valid...?

      Sure.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juju_San17

      Why does it have sie instead of dich? It's supposed to be "I like you" not "I like them"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Why does it have sie instead of dich?

      Lowercase sie would indeed be "her" or "them".

      Uppercase Sie is the formal "you".

      If you have a tapping exercise with a word bank: I've heard that those tiles are all lower-case, which is extremely unfortunate for German, where sie and Sie are different words.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crystal.ben4

      Is "ich mag dich" the way people in Germany actually say this? I thought mogen was a verb only used for objects not for people.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stefall1

      Can someone explain to me why is Ich mag Sie correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Can someone explain to me why is Ich mag Sie correct?

      Because Sie (capitalised) means "you".

      It's the formal pronoun -- roughly, the one you would use if you were on a last-name basis with someone.

      du (singular) and ihr (plural), on the other hand, are informal -- roughly, the ones you would use if you were on a first-name basis with the person or people you're speaking to.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Josie963440

      Ich mag Sie. Is that okay for a formal statement ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Ich mag Sie. Is that okay for a formal statement ?

      Yes.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paperlessprinter

      If i already like you then why do i have to use formal you? Why is it not du/dich/dir???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Docmike2020

      The formal "You" hasn't yet been formally introduced, so a bit tricky to have it as the correct answer here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joacochacoman

      Ich magst du. Wouldn't that be OK for informal?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davye

      Verb conjugation:

      I like = Ich mag

      You like = Du magst

      The other person in the sentence is in the accusative case:

      Me = Mich

      You = Dich (or euch)

      So you could have:

      I like you = Ich mag dich / euch

      You like me = Du magst mich

      I don't think 'ich magst du' makes sense?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joacochacoman

      Yeah that is perfectly clear. thanks


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirstinmjkeller

      That would be saying "you love I" because you have "magst", making "du" the subject. "Ich mag du" would still be incorrect, because 'du' is accusative, so it would have to be 'dich.' My family is native German and have never used any informal sayings for these (because they are rather short anyway) except for dropping "ich" from time to time


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaheshMarg

      Would then "mich magst du" be correct, meaning "you like me"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Yes, though that's unusual word order -- either emphasising the object ("It's me -- not anybody else -- whom you like") or topicalising it ("As for me: you like me (rather than having other feelings about me").


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kayden007

      What does accusative mean?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jalnt

      Why is "Ich mag du" wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/razorstorm

      Because the subject being liked should be in accusative case, and du is conjugated into dich in the accusative case.

      Ich mag dich, or Ich mag euch (plural) would work.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarinThacina

      Ich mag dir = i like you.. why isnt it correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      English has merged the Germanic dative and accusative cases into a single objective case, but German keeps them separate.

      You used the dative case, which is used e.g. for an indirect object -- but the verb mögen takes a direct object, so you should have used the accusative case: dich rather than dir.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InvertedGo

      There are exceptions (of course). Some verbs in German require the dative case for the direct object. Danken, for example, is one of them. Mögen is not, though.

      Here's a link that might help: https://www.thoughtco.com/frequently-used-german-dative-verbs-4071410


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlondeBatgirl

      I was always taught that you couldn't use mögen on a person, only on objects. Is this true?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluthund

      No, that's not true. Mögen works for persons, pets/animals, objects, activities etc.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/manisina

      Are Sie and Ihnen bith plural? If so what are their singular forms?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thatguy94

      Why is ich mag du not accepted?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      For the same reason that "I like he" or "I like she" or "she likes I" is wrong: you used the subject form du for the object of the verb mögen "to like".

      You have to use the direct object form dich in this sentence: ich mag dich.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/The-German-Hit

      Why dich? It can't be accusative because it isn't being acted upon! It must be dative because it is recieving the 'like' here isn't it?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarfRU

      Is it possible to say "ich liebe dich“?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isha_Satori

      Why "I like you" is "ich mag Sie". Shouldn't it be "her" or "them"? "I like you" is "Ich mag dich" või "Ich mag euch". Ich habe nicht verstanden...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skepticalj

      Why is I like you ich mag sie? Would that not be I like her?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Why is I like you ich mag sie?

      It isn't.

      Would that not be I like her?

      Yes, ich mag sie is "I like her" or "I like them".

      But ich mag Sie (with capitalised Sie!) can be "I like you" -- when you are speaking politely or formally.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SabrinaWal5

      Duolingo correct answer is ich mag sie. I can understand the du/dich but sie why dosn't it change to siech, like Ich mag Siech. Am I wrong? I am not sure how to write the pronoun for the 3rd person.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Duolingo correct answer is ich mag sie.

      It shouldn't have showed you that.

      One possible answer is Ich mag Sie.

      But Ich mag sie. with lowercase sie would be wrong. If you can show me a screenshot of where it showed you this incorrect answer, perhaps I can find the error and try to correct it.

      sie why dosn't it change to siech

      No reason.*

      Why does "he" change to "him" but "you" does not change to "youm"?

      It's just the way the language is -- "you" looks the same in the subjective and objective cases in English, and sie (she; they) and Sie (you) look the same in the nominative and accusative cases in German.


      * Actually, there is a historical reason: it was probably something like siu in the nominative and sia in the accusative at one point, but final unstressed vowels got reduced to shwa, spelled -e, and so both ended up being pronounced the same.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nmdrk

      Statement is 'I like you' but none of the options is true. Duo says correct answer is 'Ich mag Sie' which is also wrong :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diamondswagboyz

      ich mag dir is wrong??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sasesoe

      "I like you" could means both, "ich mag dir" oder "ich mag Sie". How can I say when it should be plural?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      "I like you" could means both, "ich mag dir"

      No. mögen is a normal transitive verb; it takes a direct object in the accusative case, not dative.

      So it would be ich mag dich.

      (Except if you're in Berlin. But we're talking about standard German here, not dialect.)

      How can I say when it should be plural?

      If you know the people well, then ich mag euch.

      If you don't, then ich mag Sie.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShyamGanatra

      Google show "Ich mag Sie" as I like her


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Google show "Ich mag Sie" as I like her

      Google Translate is worth every penny you have personally paid for it.

      Ich mag Sie with capitalised Sie means "I like you".

      "I like her" is Ich mag sie with lowercase sie.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/requin230

      "Google Translate is worth every penny you have personally paid for it". What a great sentence, thanks for making me smile.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria380455

      You can be Sie and also Dich!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hjelsand

      Practicing "formal you" I don't see why Ihnen would not be correct here


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/decaest

      So I am confused. I thought you could say "Ich mag dir" and it meant I like you. The "sie" I thought is the formal version of you or 'her'. Could someone please explain why "Ich mag dir" is wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      I thought you could say "Ich mag dir" and it meant I like you.

      No. (Unless you're in Berlin. But it's not standard German.)

      dir is the dative case form of du.

      But here you need the accusative case form, dich -- it's the direct object of the verb mögen (to like), so it has to be in the accusative case.

      The "sie" I thought is the formal version of you

      That would be Sie -- capitalised.

      or 'her'.

      Lowercase sie could be "her" or "them".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OzRhtk

      Why not Ich Mögen Sie, as this is the formal you part


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Why not Ich Mögen Sie, as this is the formal you part

      The verb agrees with the subject, not with the object.

      So it would have to be ich mag Sie, with mag matching ich.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aholzen

      I don't have "Ich mag dich" as an option. Duolingo says the correct answer is "Ich mag Sie." Is that right?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Duolingo says the correct answer is "Ich mag Sie."

      That is a correct answer. It is not the correct answer (which would imply that there is only one correct answer).

      You can say Ich mag dich (talking to one person whom you know well), Ich mag euch (talking to several people whom you know well), or Ich mag Sie (talking to one or more people to whom you are speaking formally).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/echo.well

      How am I supposed to know whether "I like you" translates to singular or plural sentence?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      How am I supposed to know whether "I like you" translates to singular or plural sentence?

      You aren't.

      You can choose either singular or plural -- both Ich mag dich. and Ich mag euch. are accepted as answers.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tyluild

      I've never understood when to use dich and when to use du why is it not ich mag du/ ich liebe du


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      I've never understood when to use dich and when to use du

      Do you understand when to use "him" and when to use "he"? The rules are similar.

      du is the subject form, like "he". dich is the object form, like "him".

      ich mag du is as wrong as it would be to say "I like he". It has to be "I like him" (subject = I, object = him). Similarly, you can't say ich mag du with both ich and du in the subject form: it has to be ich mag dich with ich in the subject form and dich in the object form.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angel211961

      How does "Ich mag sie" mean "I like you"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      How does "Ich mag sie" mean "I like you"?

      It doesn't. Ich mag sie means "I like her" or "I like them".

      It's Ich mag Sie which means "I like you". Note that the capitalisation makes all the difference here.

      As a direct object, "you" can be dich (when speaking to one person whom you know well), euch (when speaking to several people whom you know well), or Sie (when speaking formally).

      All three are accepted, since you can't tell from the English "you" how many people you are speaking to or how well you know them.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlCampbe7

      So how come this sentence is in a section entitled the Formal You?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve34747

      If we're learning and practicing formal, why is this informal?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/megforteza

      What about "Du gefällt mir"? Doesn't this mean the same?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      What about "Du gefällt mir"?

      It's grammatically incorrect.

      du verb forms end in -st: Du gefällst mir.

      Doesn't this mean the same?

      Similar, but not quite the same.

      You could translate Du gefällst mir. as "I like you", but it focusses more on the reaction you provoke in me: "you appeal to me", or "there's something about you that I like". Could even mean "I like the way you think".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matt_r1

      Why is it dir and not du or Sie? (the qeustion I answered did not have dich as an option) edit: Just answered this same question again with the same options as previously, but now Sie is the correct answer. What did I do wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Why is it dir

      It isn't.

      "I like you" is ich mag dich (to one person), ich mag euch (to several people), or ich mag Sie (formally, to one or more people).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hector290697

      Does this work in the same context as English for both romantic and non-romantic gesture?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TMania1

      Since it's hard to tell whether "you" is singular or plural in the Satz, why couldn't it then be "Ich mag dich"? Frankly, that's what I "taught myself" so to speak early on just by playing around with simple sentences on Google Translate, and that's what it gave me for an answer. Curious


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      why couldn't it then be "Ich mag dich"?

      It can be.

      Do you have a screenshot showing that answer being rejected? If so, please upload it to a website somewhere (e.g. imgur) and tell us the screenshot.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TMania1

      Sadly, I do not have a screenshot. Übrigens...(ha! I remember ONE word for sure!!)...in most of the "food/fruit section", I get about halfway through an exercise and it rejects my answer all the time. I did pass on the report though. But it still does it. I think it was doing it in the Haus questions too. This is where it shows the 3 "picture squares", and you have to choose the correct one. Danke


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewMish5

      It should give the answer ich mag dich or ich mag euch , the translation for ich mag sie is i like her or them depending if it's sie without a capital S or not


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      the translation for ich mag sie is i like her or them depending if it's sie without a capital S or not

      Er, no.

      ich mag Sie with capital S can only mean "I like you"

      "I like her" and "I like them" are both Ich mag sie with lowercase sie.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lara211609

      whats the difference between du and dich?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      whats the difference between du and dich?

      Very similar to the difference between "he" and "him" or between "we" and "us": subject versus direct object.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TalhaAhmedM

      I had three options to select for I LIKE YOU ... Ich mag ____ 1-Du 2-Dir 3-Sie.. i selected du and correct answer was Sie.. howww?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      I had three options to select for I LIKE YOU ... Ich mag ____ 1-Du 2-Dir 3-Sie

      • du is nominative case, so that's right out. It would be as ungrammatical as "I like he" or "I like they".
      • dir is dative case, so that doesn't work here, either -- mögen is a normal transitive verb, meaning that it takes a direct object in the accusative case. ich mag dir would be as wrong as "I like to you".
      • Sie can be nominative or accusative, so this is the only possible solution from among those three.

      du/dir/dich is used for one person whom you know well.

      ihr/euch/euch is used for several people whom you know well.

      Sie/Ihnen/Sie is used when you're speaking formally, e.g. to one or more strangers.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LenkaLubus

      Ich mag Du - i think, this form is correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Ich mag Du - i think, this form is correct

      It's is not correct. You need the accusative dich, not the nominative du.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/24kboop

      Why not du ???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

      Why not du ?

      Because du is the subject form; you can't use it for the direct object of a verb.

      That would be just as wrong as saying "He likes I" or "He likes she" -- you need the object form "He likes me / he likes her / ich mag dich."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David525903

      Again this is informal and doesn't belong in this lesson.


      [deactivated user]

        Bad translation. I like you ( if its my boyfriend for example) will be " ich mag dich ". Ich mag Sie is official, when you talk to old ppl or yo your boss , for example


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris909196

        Why is "ich mag dich" wrong but "ich mag sie" is right?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lizzie555840

        I just got marked and was told the correct answer is "ich mag sie" ? Is that right?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lizzie555840

        I got marked for not choosing "ich mag sie"? Does sie mean you?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnkeHoopma

        You can mean Sie but also Ihnen?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        You can mean Sie but also Ihnen?

        Yes. Sie is nominative or accusative, Ihnen is dative. English has merged those two cases into a single objective case, and so it uses the same form in e.g. "I see you" and "I give you a book", whereas German keeps them separate as Ich sehe Sie and Ich gebe Ihnen ein Buch.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomcruiseeeee

        why not "ich mag ihnen" ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        why not "ich mag ihnen" ?

        ihnen is third person plural dative, "to them".

        But the sentence is "I like you" and not "I like to them".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominikSuc5

        Ich mag dich is wrong and says it should be Ich mag Sie?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Ich mag dich is wrong

        No, it isn't.

        Do you have a screenshot that shows Ich mag dich being rejected as an answer? If so, please show it to us -- upload it to a website somewhere and tell us the URL.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesCulle12

        Why not informal Du? Every translation of I like you shows sie , Sie, as her...?? I know polite You is Sie...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Why not informal Du?

        Ich mag dich. is also possible.

        Ich mag du. is, of course, just as grammatically incorrect as "He likes I." or "I like she." would be: using a subject pronoun for an object.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe758326

        "I like you" translates to "Ich mag dich" and that is NOT a choice. The answer that shows correct is "Ich mag Sie" which is "I like her". This is NOT consistent.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        "Ich mag Sie" which is "I like her".

        Capitalised Sie does not mean "her".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ojiakoruch

        Why not ich mag du


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Why not ich mag du

        For the same reason that "I like she" or "they like we" would be wrong -- you're using a subject pronoun (du) when you need an object pronoun (dich).


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shahla883506

        Why dies it translat " I like you " to " Ich mag Sie" which means " i like her "


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        " Ich mag Sie" which means " i like her "

        No, it doesn't. Capitalised Sie is "you".

        "I like her" would have been ich mag sie with lowercase sie.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ahmed181499

        Why not ihnen instead of dich?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Why not ihnen instead of dich?

        ihnen is third person plural dative ("to them").

        Here, you need "you", accusative, not "to them", dative.

        So dich or euch or Sie.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Drrahurkar

        The app is behaving weirdly, 'ich mag dich' was considered wrong. How is 'ich mag sie' the write translation for ' i like you' when you is dich or du and sie translates to she or they. This time i made sure to take a screenshot.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        'ich mag dich' was considered wrong.

        Eh? Do you have a screenshot of ich mag dich being rejected as a translation?

        How is 'ich mag sie' the write translation for ' i like you'

        It isn't. But ich mag Sie is a correct translation (not the [only] correct translation) for "I like you".

        sie translates to she or they.

        or her or them.

        While Sie (capitalised) is the formal "you".

        This time i made sure to take a screenshot.

        Can you upload it to a website somewhere, please, and tell us the URL of the image?

        (imgur is popular but there are many image-sharing websites. Google Drive or Dropbox might also work, if you get a shareable link.)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Drrahurkar

        Doulingo got this wrong for me. It says the correct translation of ' i like you' is 'ich mag sie' which is clearly wrong!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/remuscrisan

        Why it is used "sie" for you, instead du, because it is second person singular.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuangAllen2

        I think this answer is wrong


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        this answer

        Nearly all questions have more than one accepted answer, so it's unclear what you are referring to.

        Please always quote the entire sentence you are referring to when you have a comment.

        is wrong

        What part of that sentence is wrong?

        Why?

        What should it be instead?

        Just saying "that's wrong" is not very helpful, but if you can identify a valid error and propose a valid correction, that can be useful.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pranav0205

        Tried with "ich mag du"; showed up wrong, even though in a translator app its showing correct with "dir" too! But, still the answer is "ich mag sie" : i like her can Somebody explain?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Tried with "ich mag du"; showed up wrong

        Yes; that's wrong.

        So is ich mag dir.

        Instead, you need ich mag dich -- you need the accusative case for the direct object of the verb mögen.

        du is nominative (subject case) and dir is dative (indirect object case).

        the answer is "ich mag sie" : i like her

        An answer (but not the answer) is ich mag Sie, with capitalised Sie = I like you.

        Ich mag sie with lowercase sie would mean "I like her" or "I like them".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bayukrisna___

        How could i like you became ich mag sie? Please fix it


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kimberly0805

        Why can't i say ich mag dir , but it has to be ich mag Sie


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Why can't i say ich mag dir

        Because mögen (to like) is normal transitive verb -- it takes a direct object in the accusative case.

        dir is dative case, so it's not correct here -- you need the accusative case form dich.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MugdhaV1

        Why sie? Why not dich/euch?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDeadBaller

        I wrote ich mag dich and it said it was 'sie' instead of dich. Could someone help?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        In the case of "formal you" we say "ich mag sie". Shouldn't we change the "sie" to something else because of the case change? Or does the "formal you" always appear the same?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        In the case of "formal you" we say "ich mag sie".

        You might say that, but you have to write ich mag Sie with capital S.

        Shouldn't we change the "sie" to something else because of the case change?

        The formal Sie acts just like sie "they".

        In German, only masculine words have a distinct form for the accusative case; feminine, neuter, and plural words always look the same in both cases.

        Thus sie (which is plural) is sie in the accusative case as well, and therefore Sie is also Sie in the accusative case.

        Consider it a kind of payback -- English speakers have difficulty distinguishing between du and dich (subject and object), because they're both "you" for them, but Germans learning English have difficulty distinguishing between "she" and "her" and between "they" and "them" (subject and object), because they're both sie for them.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        Ohh, thank you so much! The last part was really helpful.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadYeli12

        Ich mag sie???? seriously? It sounds like " i like you sir/lady..." ❤❤❤....my college from german uses ich mag dich. I have never heard " sie".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Ich mag sie???? seriously?

        No. Ich mag sie. would mean "I like them" or "I like her".

        Here, you have to translate "I like you". That could be Ich mag Sie. but not Ich mag sie.

        Please pay attention to the correct spelling, which includes capitalisation -- even though Duolingo unfortunately ignores capitalisation.

        my college from german uses ich mag dich.

        That's another accepted translation.

        I have never heard " sie".

        They haven't taught you the word for "she" or "they" yet? How far along in your course are you?

        As for Sie, perhaps they do not introduce it right at the beginning (like the Duolingo course for many years -- this may be changing), but if they never introduce it, you will be woefully unprepared for the real world.

        Calling everyone du is fine as long as you're in college and speaking to people your own age, but calling strangers du in Germany is not fine. You will need Sie a lot more often in German than you would need "sir" or "lady" in English; the two are not exactly equivalent.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caroline684213

        I thought it was : ich mag du


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        You need to use accusative. "du" changes to "dich".

        Note: For formal you, the accusative is still "Sie". So "ich mag Sie" (Notice the capital S)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seymourf

        'Ich mag dich' wasn't presented as an option - 'I got Ich mag Sie' instead?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/balierika

        I like you= Ich mag dich/sie/euch


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarekM15

        "Ich mag Sie" is also correct (in multiple choice question)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChidiEkeoc1

        Just got this question as multiple choice and ich mag dich was not listed as one of the answers


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/William.gh

        It says "Ich mag Sie" is correct, why Sie instead of dich?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        "Sie" is the formal "you". The accusative is also "Sie". "Ich mag dich" is also correct.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouiseYau

        It dosent make sense that ich mag Sie is right they should give the option of ich mag dich. Contextually dosent make sense, who would really say i like you in a formal setting?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crystal1903

        Maybe someone you are just meeting for the first time, but that you know of? Like a celebrity?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crystal1903

        Maybe someone you are just meeting for the first time, but that you know of? Like a celebrity?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/edd639541

        Ich mag dich is not any of the three options


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zw.khh

        Why it said Ich mag "sie" , for "you", why didn't say Ich mag du????


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        This was explained multiple times. Please read the comments.

        First of all, "ich mag dich." and secondly "Sie" with a capital S is the formal "you".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LadyAzthreal

        Ich mag Sie? Why not "Ich mag Du" or "ich mag dich"? Are they not all the same?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daddyvomit

        This was explained multiple times. Please read the comments.

        First of all, "ich mag dich." and secondly "Sie" with a capital S is the formal "you".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cherie871750

        Warrum, "Ich danke ihnen" (previous lesson) aber "ich mag dich" (this lesson) ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Warrum, "Ich danke ihnen" (previous lesson) aber "ich mag dich" (this lesson) ?

        Because danken is one of a fairly small group of verbs that takes an object in the dative case.

        mögen is a regular transitive verb that takes an object in the accusative case.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randy751476

        Why is "Ich mag Ihnen" wrong?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Why is "Ich mag Ihnen" wrong?

        mögen is a normal transitive verb and takes a direct object in the accusative case.

        Thus dative Ihnen is not correct; you need accusative Sie.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CadeOlson1

        Duolingo gave me the choices of: "Ich mag Du," "Ich mag Sie," and "Ich mag Dir." None of those are correct and why did it capitalize the direct object? I just thought that was weird that this happened.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Duolingo gave me the choices of: "Ich mag Du," "Ich mag Sie," and "Ich mag Dir." None of those are correct

        That is not true -- ich mag Sie is correct.

        why did it capitalize the direct object?

        The polite/formal pronoun Sie is always capitalised in German.

        I just thought that was weird that this happened.

        Expecting/requiring an answer containing the formal Sie before it is taught is certainly not a good idea on the part of whoever made this part of the course.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SonyJose3

        Now the correct response is given as "Ich mag Sie" .. ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

        Now the correct response is given as "Ich mag Sie" .. ?

        That is a correct response but not the (only) correct response.

        See the other comments on this page.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theontopofus

        Why is this "Ich mag dich" in the formal you section of training. Wouldn't "ich mag Sie: work just as well? Not understanding why it isnt.


        [deactivated user]

          So this is a Formel version. Will be nice if Duolingo will inform us next time. As they do in schools. This way your brain will not collapse at some point from to much no info given. But that's just my opinion.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/srquint

          I was startled to find that the Duolingo (German) course has been completely redesigned since yesterday. Couldn't even find the lesson I was on (Conjunctions - it is GONE!). Beginning and earlier lessons had unrecognized names and were not completed. All the "Tips" pages I had saved were erased. I felt that I needed to either START OVER or QUIT! Even this comment section doesn't quite correspond to the question associated with it! Very frustrating and poorly done!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephen36928

          "ich mag dich" was not an option. "ich mag dir." was the option, is this an error Duo?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRunicMother

          Why did duolingo say the correct way to say "i like you" is "ich mag sie"?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mister_Snaps

          Most likely because this is the formal section and you are learning how to use the formal version of Du.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HoldenAfahrfen

          Why isn't dich listed as a translatable option....?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

          Why isn't dich listed as a translatable option....?

          That's really odd; I would have expected it to be there as well.

          I've added it back now.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fletchita

          We accept also : " ich mag sie "


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Montcabero

          Ich mag dir is not correct??


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

          Ich mag dir is not correct?

          That is indeed not correct in standard German. (Berlin dialect is a different matter.)

          You need the accusative case here: Ich mag dich.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexandrecollaco

          Shouldn't it be

          Ich mögen Sie ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

          Shouldn't it be

          Ich mögen Sie ?

          No. The ich form of the verb is ich mag.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NasrinNaseh

          The answer is wrong


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

          The answer

          Almost all questions allow multiple translations, so "the answer" does not uniquely identify any particular sentence. Please always quote the entire sentence that you are commenting on.

          is wrong

          What part of it is wrong? Why?

          What should it be instead, in your opinion?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swillbos

          how many times do I have to report that 'dich' or any part of the 'du' form is not an acceptable answer for a lesson on the formal 'you' ie 'Sie'??? Make your corrections please Duo, you are letting yourself down!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mister_Snaps

          Well, I'd assume that on the formal lesson, you are encouraged to write "Sie" rather than "Du" or "Dich", seeing as "Sie" is the, well, formal version of "you".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swillbos

          You might well assume that Mister-Snaps! But I am afraid that when you respond appropriately with Sie in the correct case and with the correct verb formation, Duo responds with the information that a construction using du/ihr would also be an acceptable answer....


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mister_Snaps

          Oh, I see, I misread your question. Apologies.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swillbos

          No worries, it's hardly your fault! The formal 'Sie' section has multiple mistakes. This is a fundamental building block of German and I keep posting in the hope that someone in the Duolingo staff team reads these comments and undertakes some much-needed quality control.

          Viel Spaß und viel Erfolg!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lshawn7000

          Danke, ich mag dich auch.

          Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.