I had "select all that are correct", with "danke euch", "danke ihnen", and "danke dir". Which of these would be used most commonly, like at a grocery store or talking to a waiter?
Dir - One guy Euch - many guys Ihnen - Thank you, sir/madam. (respectful - this is a common thing in many Indo-European languages: plural and respectful singular are the same)
Yes, thats absolutely right.. Was easy for me to understand, having known Tamil and Hindi where the same rule applies
Actually, neither. Just say Danke schön, most people in Germany just say that.
I thought "ihnen" meant "them". I'm guessing there's a difference between "ihnen" and "Ihnen" kind of like "sie" and "Sie"?
Yes. The formal/respectful second-person pronouns are identical to the third-person plural, except that you capitalize them. They follow the same rules for verb conjugation as well. That's why Sie sind willkommen. is ambiguous: it means both "They are welcome" and "You, sir/madam, are welcome."
I tought "Danke!"/"Danke schön!" was sufficient... In what situations would you say "Ich danke dir!" ?
If Duolingo marked you wrong on that one, it's probably just because the word is "Dankeschön," not "danke shon." The umlaut is very important, because "schon" means "already" and "schön" means "pretty."
Well, "schön" (or "schoen" where umlauts are not possible) and "schon" are two very different words, so that may be why.
Or it could be that Duolingo wants to distinguish between a simple "thank you" and a "thank you very much" . . . I would think of "danke schön" as being the latter, and this question asks about the former.
So ist dankeschön correct or not for this sentence? Because it was marked incorrect just curious?