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"Sie essen Fleisch."

Translation:They are eating meat.

March 28, 2013



Scumbag duolinguo: offers translation "flesh" on clicking, doesn't accept it as a right answer


Duolingo gives several translations, including ones that may not apply to the current context. The translation "flesh" can for example be used in certain biblical contexts, like "Der Geist ist willig, aber das Fleisch ist schwach" but not when you talk about eating where the translations should be "meat".


Thanks for the example! It just would be nice to know the other meanings of the world and when to use them. Comments help a lot with that. The only problem that with reading them it takes twice longer to finish an exercise:)


Yes you are correct


I said "She" instead of "They".


Then it would be "Sie isst Fleisch".


She isst......they Essen i believe


I also written she instead of they by mistake


This is another case of having no ability of telling what the correct answer is?

"Sie essen Fleisch" - They are eating meat. "Sie essen Fleisch" = You (form.) are eating meat.

I put "You are eating meat" as the verb is conjugated with -en, but both You (form.) and They conjugate verbs with -en and there is nothing in the sentence (that I know of) to tell me the difference? If I am wrong please tell me, or is this just another one of those German sentences where you can't infer which "Sie" is meant?


Yeah, my initial impression is that the statement "Sie essen Fleisch" can only be understood when the context is given. I understood the Sie to be "They" and not "You (form)" this time because I don't think we've been taught the latter in Duolingo yet. Of course, we could have learned both uses from other sources beforehand...


It can be both.


The microphone module needs some serious work. My German pronunciation is pretty good but the microphone will sometimes tell me im pronouncing something wrong. Its very frustrating. The developers need to get on this for the next update.


Does not accept "they eat meat". It should. And if not, what WOULD be the translation of "they eat meat"?


First sie means she, then it means you? You see where that confused me?


Not completely correct as sie cannot mean you, only Sie can mean you.


Sie: a formal you. , sie (with ni capital s) means : she or they. You need to see the context and the cobjugation of the verbe to see what the sentence us referfing to.


Why is the translation for "Sie" "you"? It is "they", isn't it?


you(formal), they, and she.


I think it is They are eating flesh


Hey I am not a native english speaker, so can anyone tell me the difference between beef and meat?


Meat is the general word for any animal's body parts (the muscles and fat) as food. Beef is a specific animal's meat. It is cow meat. Cow meat = beef, pig meat = pork, etc.


Sie is translated on DL as they/you/she, so I put she...wrong. Well then can you NOT ha


Yes, "sie" can be "she" but not when followed by "essen". Read the discussion on this page.


There's not the word ( they ) among the words which i should choose


Is there a difference between the following two sentences? Today, you (formal) eat meat. Today, they eat meat.


so does sie also mean, she, they, and you?


Yes. You don't know which if it is starting the sentence, until you see the verb conjugation that follows.


Does ''Sie'' means 'she' or 'they'?


It can mean either of them.


I have completed a the food lessons and have done many strengthen sessions and this is the first time ive seen Fleisch


Wow! That was one of the first words they taught me on DL in food


Why can't ' Du isst Fleisch'...?


I put she not they how do you tell the difference ???


They eat meat also should be correct. Why only continous version of sentence is correct?


Flesh and meat are the same thing


I think flesh is usually reserved for humans.


"Essen" is plural and "isst" is singular so "Sie essen"= they are eating "Sie isst"= she is eating?


For those of you that say that this sentence has no way of determing if this is she or they, here is an explanation of how to tell.

sie essen = They eat

sie isst = she eats

Sie essen = You eat (Formal replacement of both Du isst und sie essen, so both you and they)

Sie essen = They eat (Formal replacement of Ihr esst)

Note that the capital S denotes the difference between formal and informal. However, if sie starts a sentence it will always be capitalized regardless of whether it's formal or not.

If you see "Sie essen" on Duolingo at the start of a sentence, it should accept "You eat" or "They eat". This is due to the fact that formal and informal "they" are the same, and so is formal "you", and they all share the same verb form.

Keep in mind that if you see "sie essen" in the middle of a sentence, if it doesn't have a capital S, it can only be "they eat" and it is informal. If it has a capital S, it can only be "You" or "They" formal.

The way you would tell the difference in life is by the situation and surrounding context, but it doesn't matter for Duolingo.


So I had honest mistake but how can I tell if its she or they? -danke


The verb, "essen", is in the plural.
You can also read the comments above, they already explain everything.


Shouldn't "they eat meat" also be correct?


Confusing..it is showing both as correct..they eat meat and you eat meat..even if "Sie" is formal you the verb should be isst and if plural you that would be esst..


"Sie" as "formal you" always has the plural verb form (essen), even when it means singular you. So "they eat meat" and "you eat meat" are both correct. And "isst" is used with du, informal singular you (and also with 3rd person), and "esst" is used with ihr, informal plural you.


And to confuse further, "Sie isst" would be "she eats". And a question: Can "Sie" as "formal you" refer to both the singular and the plural "you" ?


Yes, "Sie" as "formal you" can be both singular and plural, just like the English "you". But the verb is always in plural, even when singular "you" is meant, just like in English.


Sie essen = they eat oder they are eating... Nichts anders.

You ist ganzen falsch, weil you= du oder Ihr We ist auch falsch. We=wir

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