https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saraswathy12

What's the difference between "Ihr seid Frauen" and "Sie sind Frauen"?

June 19, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slightly-left

Ihr seid Frauen = You (guys) are women

Sie sind Frauen = They are women

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

Sie sind Frauen is also the formal way to say "you are women", while Ihr seid is informal and always plural

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saraswathy12

So if "Sie sind Frauen" can be both " They are women" and "You are women", how do we know which one is correct?

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

sie sind Frauen = They are women

Sie sind Frauen = You are women (fml.)

The formal Sie in the sense of you is always capitalized for this reason.

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saraswathy12

Thank you!

June 19, 2017

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

Ihr is a plural of 'you', like the slang "y'all" Sie in this context translates to 'they'

If you are speaking to a group of people, use "ihr" If you are speaking about a group of people, use "sie"

June 22, 2017
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