Translation:You are a woman and I am a boy.
Would this be a correct alternative translation?
"She is a woman and I am a boy."
Here the context plays an important role. Given that "eine frau" is singular you know "Sie sind" is the formal "You are". The formal "Sie" is like "usted" in Spanish.
What's the difference between "Sie sind eine Frau" and "Du bist eine Frau"?
"Sie sind eine Frau." is the formal salutation. (You use it, if you are talking to a superior, unknown people or older people, for example.)
German distinguishes between formal and informal second person pronouns ("you").
You would use the informal pronouns (du for one person, ihr for several) when speaking to children, good friends, your family, or other people you are fairly close to. Roughly, if you would call them by their first name. Also, if you're in your early 20s, you would often call others of the same age by informal pronouns even if you don't know them.
You would use the formal pronoun Sie with others: adults whom you don't know; your boss and other superiors; your teacher; and so on. Basically, people whom you treat politely and/or with respect because you are not "close" to them socially. People whom you would usually call by their family name.
I am confused what sie actually means sometime it means you and sometime she..
Uncapitalised 'sie' is 'they'/'she', but capitalised 'Sie' is 'you (formal)'. You can also tell by the verb: if the verb has a plural form, it is 'Sie' (formal you) or 'sie' (they), and it is otherwise 'sie' (she). If all else fails, context can usually save you :-)
When you hover the mouse over 'Sie', it only comes up with 'they', 'her' and 'she', even in this context. Should that be reported?
Oh? My girlfriend is twelve years older than I and I feel tempted to use this just to vex her... Should I?
It would be unusual to call your girlfriend Sie - that's a bit distant for a relationship.
Isn't "sie sind" "she is/they are"? How can you tell which meaning is correct without more context?
No, sie sind cannot mean "she is". See my response to JoseMolina180364, please.
Your reaponse doesn't help; Sie is said via DL to mean she, he, or they. So if that is the case, why is it you instead. Be clearer, please.
This sentence using Sie to mean "you" should not have been introduced this early in the course.
It was added by the Pearson team for their course but unfortunately is also available for learners using the public course, confusing them. You can read more about Duolingo's partnership with Pearson at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24066422 and https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24052907 .
You will learn the polite "you", Sie, properly later in the course.
She is = sie ist they ARE = sie sind you (formal) are = sie sind
because "they ARE a woman" doesn't make sense then DEFINITELY can only be one of them. and without more context of course you cannot tell the difference but nobody says she is and just shuts up. Any other word would give more contest. Be smarter, please.
you (formal) are = sie sind
That is incorrect.
you (formal) are = Sie sind
The capitalisation of Sie is mandatory.
Sort of. sie (lowercase) can be "they" or "she"; Sie (uppercase) is "you (formal)".
As the first word of a sentence, you cannot tell the difference between sie and Sie, but in all other positions of a sentence, you can.
Using Sie as a polite form of "you" is taught later in the official course.
However, this sentence was added by Pearson editors for their course and is unfortunately also visible to all learners, even though the polite you, Sie, hasn't been introduced officially at this point yet.
Because the subject and the verb don't match.
ihr goes with seid, not with sind.
Saying ihr sind is a bit like "you is" or "you am" -- it's the right verb but the wrong form.
I answered "You are a women and i am a boy" and here says it's not correct!