https://www.duolingo.com/shrutinh

What is the difference between 'Du bist ein Mädchen' and 'Ihr seid ein Mädchen'?

What is the difference between 'Du bist ein Mädchen' and 'Ihr seid ein Mädchen'?

June 28, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lunarisss

"Ihr seid" is the plural form, so the correct form of the second sentence is "Ihr seid Mädchen". Someone correct me if I'm wrong

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/npLam

that's correct :)
(unless somehow you are talking to a group of people who between them make one girl... perhaps a team game where team A's avatar is a girl. In those circumstances, you might say to team A: "You (all) are a girl").

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hardrockhamster

Basically are you right, but shrutinh used "Ihr seid ein Mädchen". Four people can not be one girl. I explained it in another comment in this discussion.

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/npLam

Four people can not be one girl.

...except perhaps, in a team game where...

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hardrockhamster

That still would not sound like making sense here. People would look confused at you. ^^

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/eineSchlange

"Du bist ein Mädchen" menas "You are a girl" (singular – you're talking to 1 person)

"Ihr seid Mädchen" menas "You are girls" (plural - you're talking to a group of people)

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Ihr seid Mädchen (no ein) = Yall are girls/ you guys are girls (observe we also use no a in English)

Then as you know already

Du bist ein Mädchen = you’re a Girl

Basically what I am trying to get at is 'ihr seid' being 'yall are' not 'you are plural'

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hardrockhamster

"Du bist ein Mädchen" means "you are a girl"

but more persons can not be ONE girl! "Ihr seid ein Mädchen" is the polite form of the first sentence. There is no difference between the contents of the word, but in the way of saying.

The german polite form is actually quite simple: you write about one person using the pronouns and the verbforms of the third person singular, just always capitalize the first letter of the pronoun and you're safe :)

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/npLam

Good point! I always forget the Pluralis Majestatis Ihr form.

:(

June 28, 2018
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