"You are hungry."

Translation:Du hast Hunger.

March 21, 2013

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Why not "du bist Hunger"?


Would you say "you are hunger" in english? You can be hungry and you can have hunger but you cant be hunger. Unless we are dealing with figurative language pertaining to a particularly ravenous individual. But thats neither here nor there.


Thanks well understood


What is the difference between “Ihr” and “Du”?


Ihr = you(plural) ; Du = you(single, informal)


so can the possible answers be "Du hast Hunger", "Ihr habt Hunger" and "Sie haben Hunger"?


Yes, all those are correct and all three should be accepted.


I'm not sure, but I'm guessing Ihr is some kind of plural you , right?


Yes, the informal plural you is "ihr."


Another way to see it is "Ihr"=Y'all or You guys


oder du bist hungrig


Can it be 'Hat' hunger? Or is that only or 'Ihr'? Thanks in advanc


hat is the verb form for er, sie, es (he, she, it).


What is the difference between habe & haben?


German verbs are conjugated more (?) than in English. In English the verb "have" only has two forms in present tense: I, you, we, you (plural), they HAVE; he/she/it HAS. In German there are multiple forms, seen here: http://goo.gl/ekG3H

I have = ich habe
we have = wir haben; they have = sie haben; *you have = Sie haben

*That version of you is a formal/polite version...kind of like "thou" in ye olde English.

Hope that helps!


IIRC thou was actually the familiar you and YOU was the plural and polite you. :)


I should've known it's on Wikipedia. Bookmarked!


Habe is for 1st person ( I ) ; Haben is for We, They, and You(formal)


Habe is for singular pronoun "I" haben is for the plural pronouns "we", "they"


Ihr = you (plural)

In German, there are different words for "you." If you are talking to one person, you use "du." If you are talking to more than one person, you use "ihr." If you want to show respect to the person you're talking to, like a professor, or someone you do not know well, you use "Sie." Because there are no differences between polite you, singular you and plural you in English, this sentence can be written three different ways in German.


ohhh just like in French! Tu is the informal "you" and Vous is plural "you" and formal "you". but then in english evrithing's a "You"!


Why not Sie sind Hunger


That would mean "You are hunger", because Hunger is a noun.

Germans usually say that they "have hunger" rather than that they "are hungry".


Why not ,"du sind hungrig"


sind is not the right verb form for du.


What figure of speech is "hungrig"? And how do you use it with all the forms of you, viz. Sie, du, Ihr, etc. Thanks in advance


hungrig is an adjective.

From a grammatical point of view, it would be simple ich bin hungrig, du bist hungrig, er ist hungrig etc.

However, from a practical point of view, it's much more common to use ich habe Hunger, du hast Hunger, er hat Hunger etc. and not use hungrig as a predicative adjective.


Why not "Ihr haben Hunger"?


Why not "Ihr haben

Because ihr takes verb forms ending in -t.

-en is for wir or sie (they).


Hey, why not "du sind hunger"?


Hey, why not "du sind hunger"?

  • du sind is never correct. The verb form sind is for wir or sie.
  • hunger is not a German word.
  • in German, we talk literally of "having hunger" (having the feeling) rather than "being hungry" (being in that state) -- so we would say du hast Hunger (literally: "you have hunger") for "you are hungry". Note the capitalisation of Hunger, since it's a noun.


Why can't we say 'du habt hunger'? What is the difference between habt and hast?


Why can't we say 'du habt hunger'? What is the difference between habt and hast?

Different forms of the same verb. You have to pick the one that matches the subject.

  • du hast = you have (talking to one person)
  • ihr habt = you have (talking to several people at once)

du habt or ihr hast are simply wrong -- a bit like saying "I has" or "she have": the verb doesn't match the subject.


How do you know when an object is masculine or feminine or neuter?


How do you know when an object is masculine or feminine or neuter?

You have to look it up in a dictionary and memorise the answer.

You usually can't tell the gender of a word just by looking at it.

And there are even words which look the same but have different genders... e.g. der Leiter = the leader, die Leiter = the ladder; das Bauer = the (bird) cage, der Bauer = the farmer.


Why "sie haben hunger wasnt excepted"?


Why "sie haben hunger wasnt excepted"?

Impossible to say. Do you have a screenshot?

If so, please share it with us -- upload it to a website somewhere (e.g. imgur) and tell us the URL of the image.

Thank you!


That sentence shows you as typing Sie haben durst (= you are tHiRstY) and not Sie haben Hunger (= you are hungry).

Lingot for your screenshot!

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