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Habt ihr gestern gearbeitet?

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Did you work yesterday? - Remember, I am slow when it comes to grammar. So is the above sentence formal, informal or none of the above?

Danke.

June 15, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonutEggRoll

I believe it is informal plural.

Hast du gestern gearbeitet? = singular, informal "you"

Habt ihr gestern gearbeitet? = plural, informal "you", such as asking a group of people whom you would use "du" with individually

Haben Sie gestern gearbeitet? = singular or plural formal


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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Danke. That is one shortcoming in the Duo lessons, that they do not tell you if the sentence is formal or not, and if it refers to more than 1 person or not. And because the various pronouns occur all over the place it is very confusing to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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I do not understand in you informal there is du,dich,dir and then ihr, euch euch? Is the second set plural? Danke sehr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

Yes. It is what in some American states would be called y’all. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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Das ist was ich dachte. Ich danke dir sehr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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DonutEggRoll - I do not understand why Duo doesn't make it clear whether you are using formal or informal, and singular or plural pronouns. This would help a lot. Can you tell that I am feeling exacerbated unnecessarily?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med.rotorrobot

I think Duolingo as a framework doesn't adapt too well to the specific pecularities of the various languages in order to support a lot of languages.

But as a general tip: if the pronouns are capitalised (and do not stand at the begining of the sentence), then it is always the formal form.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karthik.subr

The way the verb is conjugated also helps. In this case, 'Habt' means that the pronoun 'ihr' it is plural informal (nominative).

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