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"Does it belong to you?"

Translation:Gehört es Ihnen?

December 9, 2017



Why "gehört" and not "gehören". You use Sie with the verb in the base form right?


The subject is es -- "it" is the thing that belongs.

Thus you need es gehört or in a question gehört es...?

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    What is the difference between ihnen and sie? When it is used in grammar.


    ihnen is dative case, sie is accusative case.


    Shouldn't "dir" also be acceptable in this case?


    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!


    IMO "Ist es deins/Ihres/eures?" has a comparable meaning, but it's not really a translation of "Does it belong to you?" but rather of "It it yours?".


    The whole exercice is useless, if you remain putting sie and ihnen uncapitalized, when refering to formal you. What woulx be the gist behind the exercice then?


    Why can't we say " gehört DAS Ihnen"?


    Because the sentence to translate does not say, “does THAT belong to you?”.

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      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.


      Shouldn't "Ihnen" be capitalized? In the suggested answers it was not.


      when do i use "sie" or "ihnen" and how do i know if its dativ or accusative???


      Surely "Es besizt Ihnen?" is correct also, no?


      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?”


      Ah. Thanks for the clarification.


      Why is 'Gehört es dir?' incorrect?


      Why is 'Gehört es dir?' incorrect?

      It's not.


      but it is marked as wrong. I tried it.


      That is probably because the lesson is about formal you and "dir" is informal.


      Why not Gehörst du es?


      Why not Gehörst du es?

      gehörst du... would mean "do you belong..." and requires the dative case, e.g. gehörst du ihm? "do you belong to him?"

      But here, the subject of "belong" is "it", and it belongs "to you" (dir / euch /Ihnen) -- Gehört es dir?


      I believe the exercise is about the " formel you".


      Is "Gehort es sie ihnen", right


      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?


      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).


      As a beginner how can we know when to use Sie and Ihnen?


      If something belongs to someone, shouldn't it be in Accussative? Why is Gehoert es Sie incorrect?


      If something belongs to someone, shouldn't it be in Accussative?

      Even in English, we say that it "belongs to someone" and not that it "belongs someone".


      Can someone tell Why the phrase "gehört es zu ihnen" is not accepte? We are not permited to use "zu" with "ihnen" because of being dative ?


      Here Ihnen is written correctly, since it is dativ of Sie ( formal plural of You ) But in the lesson, it is written as ihnen, which is dativ of sie Please correct if wrong


      Can someone be more dicriptive of when do we use Sie or Ihnen? Examples would also be appreciated

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