"Wir essen und sie trinken."

Translation:We are eating and they are drinking.

September 28, 2017



Whats the difference between esse, essen and esst? Thanks

July 1, 2018


Hallo Leute, these are my thoughts

esse - this is used for first person "Ich".

Remember "Ich" takes this form e.g ich lerne, ich esse(eat), ich habe, ich fahre... Etc

essen - used for first person plural "Wir" and second person formal "Sie" or 'you' and third person plural 'they' that is "sie".

So in short verbs for first person plural, we, "wir" and second person formal "Sie" and third person plural "sie" take this form...

Wir und Sie/sie >> essen, haben, tanzen, spielen, wollen..... Etc

esst - used for "ihr" for the plural form of second person. E.g ihr esst

October 2, 2018


As there is no Aspect case in Standard German "sie trinken" means both "they drink" and "they are (they're) drinking".

March 14, 2018


And how can you know where and when can you put these

July 16, 2018


Usually, both will be accepted, unless context clearly specifies that only one of them makes sense in English. (For example, if it says "every day" or "right now".)

November 30, 2018


Shouldn't "We are eating and they drink" be accepted? It currently is not 2018-04-15

April 15, 2018


That is awkward phrasing in English. Usually, you would use the same tense in both parts.

May 1, 2018



October 5, 2018


well that's what i put in and i got it wrong

June 2, 2019


Why is sie trinkt not you drink

March 23, 2018


"Trinkt" is the 3rd person singular conjugation, so "sie trinkt" can only mean "she drinks/is drinking."

"You drink" would require the 2nd person conjugation. So, if you wanted to use "Sie" (note the capital S - will always be capitalized for the formal "You"), you would have to use the formal 2nd person singular conjugation, which is "trinken". i.e. "Sie trinken"

April 15, 2018


I think you mean 'formal 2nd person PLURAL' in your second paragraph.

August 11, 2018


I used to think that it was strange that 'sie' is used for both 'she' and 'they', but in Old English the forms are 'heo' (survived in dialects as hoo) and 'hie', which was eventually replaced by the Norse 'þeir' as 'they' (cognate with archaic plural article 'tho' like German 'die'), but the original object case 'hem' survives as 'em (which doesn't derive from them).

So with 'heo' and 'hie' in Old English, 'sie' and 'sie' isn't that strange.

July 21, 2019


Indeed. And Old German used to have siu and sia, also fairly distinct -- it wasn't until final unstressed vowels turned into schwa that they ended up both being sie.

July 21, 2019


I typed: "We eat and they drink" it was market as correct answer by the system

April 19, 2018


Yeah. That is correct. In Germab, there is no distinction between "We eat" and "We are eating".

September 16, 2018


As long as you keep the tenses consistent, Duolingo will mark it as correct.

June 24, 2019


guten Morgen, bitte , how can isst can be place in a sentence, Isst, essen, esst

June 2, 2018


It works like this: Ich esse, du isst, er/sie/es isst, wir/sie essen, ihr esst

January 20, 2019


Sie means she & thay ? How to copair

September 5, 2018


Look at the verb form.

If sie means "she", then the verb usually ends in -t: sie isst, sie trinkt, sie kommt, sie heißt, ....

If sie means "they", then the verb usually ends in -en: sie essen, sie trinken, sie kommen, sie heißen, ....

November 30, 2018


If sie was Sie, it would mean "you" in the formal tense, correct?

December 12, 2018



December 13, 2018


En is for plural? There are so many differences between each sentence...

December 15, 2018


Nearly all verb forms for wir (we) and sie (they) end in -en.

But verb forms for ihr (you - plural) end in -t nearly all of the time.

So there is no "plural ending" in German -- just as little as there's a "singular ending" in English.

December 15, 2018


How can I tell if Sie is a she or a they in a sentence? Thanks

February 3, 2019


Look at the verb ending. Does the verb end in -t or in -en?

  • sie trinkt = she is drinking
  • sie trinken = they are drinking
February 3, 2019


Since the present tense inGerman can also be used for the present progressive, why can't you say the sentence has other variations of meaning, like We eat and they drink, or We are eating and they drink (that was my answer), or We eat and they are drinking? Do both verbs need to be understood in the same tense?

March 16, 2019


Do both verbs need to be understood in the same tense?

That would be a natural answer, yes.

Why would one mix the tenses in an English sentence? The two sentences are connected by "and"; generally, you would be talking either about two repeated actions or two current actions.

March 16, 2019


There is no word for me to select and it does not allow me to type one in. I cannot pass this section. It has a built in error.

May 9, 2019


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June 24, 2019
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