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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/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/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/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/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/CaptainPilot

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


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/srkhn

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/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/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/srkhn

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/srkhn

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/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/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/ConradBabel

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/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/talia-89

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


    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/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/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/AundreaNew1

      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/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/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/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/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/mizinamo

      Duo says correct answer is 'Ich mag Sie' which is also wrong :)

      It's not wrong.

      mögen is to like.

      ich mag is "I like".

      Sie is the polite/formal "you"

      So Ich mag Sie is one way of saying "I like you".


      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/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/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/EmmaJeanBean

      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/mizinamo

      The formal "you" in German -- like the English "you" -- does not distinguish singular from plural; it's the same whether you are speaking to one person or several.

      So Ich sehe Sie could mean "I see you (one person)" or "I see you (several people)", for example.


      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/mizinamo

      Being the direct object of a verb does not necessary mean that the object feels some sort of action.

      For example, "see" or "love" mostly affects the subject, not the object, but the object is still grammatically the object of the verb. We say "I see him" and "I love him", for example, not "I see he" or "I love he".

      So dich is in the accusative case because it is the direct object of the verb mögen "to like".


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

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


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

      Is it possible to say "ich liebe dich“?


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

      Is it possible to say "ich liebe dich“?

      That is a grammatically correct sentence, but it means "I love you" rather than "I like you".

      Thus, it's not an acceptable translation of Duo's sentence here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doc0048

      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/mizinamo

      "her" or "them" would be lowercase sie. Capitalised Sie is the polite or formal "you" (similar to usted or ustedes in Spanish or to Lei in Italian).

      dich and euch are also possible -- those are the informal versions: singular and plural, respectively.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doc0048

      Got it, thank you! :)


      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/Diamondswagboyz

      ich mag dir is wrong??


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

      ich mag dir is wrong?

      Yes. Dative dir is wrong here.

      mögen is a regular transitive verb that requires a direct object in the accusative case: Ich mag dich.


      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/mizinamo

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

      Ihnen is the dative case form of Sie. Why do you think the dative case would be appropriate here?

      mögen (to like) is a normal transitive verb; its direct object is in the accusative case. Thus: Ich mag Sie.


      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/PaulGelari

      Why not "Ich gerne dich?"


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

      Why not "Ich gerne dich?"

      Because gerne is not a verb.

      It's used together with another verb to express that you like doing that activity (e.g. ich singe gerne "I like singing; I like to sing"), but dich is not a verb.

      To express liking a pronoun or noun, you need a form of the verb mögen: here, ich mag dich.


      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/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/Steve32837

      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/Talha113239

      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/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.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anastasia559122

      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/Lucifer612976

      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/Bayu452793

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kimberly968778

      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/als005

      What on earth! Ich mag Sie and not ich mag dir.


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

      Ich mag sie???? seriously? It sounds like " i like you sir/lady..." wtf....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/Chris781422

      '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/GreatScorpion

      None of the answers work


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

      It says "pick ALL of the correct answers". The exercise will be marked wrong unless you do choose all of the correct answers you are shown -- more than one may be correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frank633327

      i did not have the choice of "dich". The choices were "Ich mag Dir/Sie/Du." The correct answer was Sie. Why Sie?


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

      i did not have the choice of "dich". The choices were "Ich mag Dir/Sie/Du." The correct answer was Sie. Why Sie?

      Please see the comment thread started by Nmdrk.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iryna372373

      I didn't have the right option! The task was "I like you " and the program displayed "ich mag sie" as the correct answer, which is clearly wrong!


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

      the program displayed "ich mag sie"

      That would surprise me. Do you have a screenshot of that incorrect translation?

      Are you sure it was not ich mag Sie with capitalised Sie (= "you")?

      as the correct answer

      Almost all sentences have more than one accepted translation.

      That means that talking about "the" correct answer (implying that there is exactly one) is rarely useful.

      What the system may show you is a correct answer, not the correct answer.

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