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"We are women and you are men."

" "We are women and you are men." Translation: Wir sind Frauen und ihr seid Männer.

You used the sie/Sie form "sind" instead of the ihr form "seid". Wir sind Frauen und ihr seid Männer. "

(The above is directly from a question in Duolingo's test to renew my basics.) How can I remember the difference between the two (sind, seid)? Does it have to do with masculine and feminine, like Spanish?

January 5, 2018



It does not have to do with gender; it's simply the verb form: we versus plural you.


"Ihr seid Maenner: is the familiar form of "Sie sind Maenner". Both are translated 'You are men". If it were feminine, it would be "ihr seid Frauen" ( fsmiliar form ) and "Sie sind Frauen" (polite form"), both translated as "You are women".


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It has nothing to do with the gender of the nouns, it's simply conjugation.

  • Ich bin
  • Du bist
  • Er/sie/es ist
  • Wir sind
  • Ihr seid
  • Sie/sie sind


Ihr is you plural in German. We don't have it directly in English, unless you count y'all or you guys. It feels foreign to say it but becomes normal after a while.

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