"Does it belong to you?"
Translation:Gehört es Ihnen?
What is the difference between ihnen and sie? When it is used in grammar.
Hello, Users, there are different possibilities and i think be accepted translations: 1. other possible answers could either be: ist es deins? Ist es Ihres? or: Ist es eures? 2. "you" meens in German: du, Sie , ihr (may be a group) But mostly the "group" is seldom accepted from duo- sorry, though students often are spoken so from their teacher ... Then, take it easy and translate " dir/deins - Ihnen/ Ihres"
Thanks all for these big collection of sentences- it's very helpfull learning from each other and a good add to the Duo-tree!
No German would say "Gehört es Ihnen?" but rather "Gehört das Ihnen?". Word for word translation might be right but it sounds really strange to native ears.
No, not at all.
Firstly, besitzen has -tz- and not just -z-.
Secondly, besitzen means “possess”, not “belong”. It takes a direct object in the accusative case.
Thirdly, you used statement word order (verb second), not the word order for a yes–no question, which has the verb first.
So Es besizt Ihnen? would be like “It posseses to you?”
Is "Gehort es sie ihnen", right
- gehort has to be gehört (or gehoert if you can't type the letter ö)
- es is correct!
- sie does not belong in this sentence
- ihnen means "(to) them", not "(to) you" -- you could use Ihnen (the capitalisation is important), which is the dative case of Sie (also capitalised), meaning "you".
Is "Ihnen" only used for formal you or informal you as well?
Ihnen is the dative case of Sie, the formal "you".
So you can use it to one person or to several people, but it's always formal.
Informal singular you is du (nominative), dir (dative), dich (accusative); informal plural you is ihr (nominative), euch (dative/accusative).