Sie or Sie

Can anybody help, I have difficulty spotting whether a word is sie (she) or sie (they) is there a rule for spotting the difference such as checking if the sentence is plural or not ??

November 6, 2018


I created a flowchart on sie.

Question 1. What is the verb conjugation?

1a, like sie hat, sie spielt (singular/3)-> it is she. Done.

1b, like sie haben, sie spielen (plural/3) -> go to question 2.

Question 2: Is it capitalized?

2a, Yes and it is not the first word of the sentence. -> formal you

2b, No. -> they

2c, Yes, but it is the first word of the sentence. -> go to question 3.

Question 3: Is there any other clue here, a noun maybe?

3a, Sie sind eine Frau -> Formal you, singular.

3b, Sie sind Frauen -> Formal plural you, or they

November 6, 2018

Many thanks.

November 7, 2018

Yes, the verb form. She is third person singular, they is third person plural and they always demand different verb forms.

November 6, 2018

Thanks E.T Gregor.

November 6, 2018

Hi, this is the Troubleshooting forum, for getting technical help. Most folks here do not study German. Could you please edit your original post and use the drop-down list at top left to change the topic from "Troubleshooting" to "German"? That way it won't clutter up the Troubleshooting forum, and the answers you get might help others who are learning German and browse through the forum looking for new info. Thanks!

November 6, 2018


November 6, 2018


Obviously, it only matters when you translate something, because in German it remains the same spelling.

Ok, I guess, you would see it on the form of the verb used:

If the verb is in a form for plural, it must be "they" ;and if the verb is in singular it must be "he/she/it".

For example: Sie ißt einen Apfel. (Singular, one person) = She eats an apple. Sie essen einen Apfel. (Plural ) = They eat an apple.

If it is one man, you would say: Er ißt einen Apfel = He eats an apple.

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November 6, 2018

Sie isst einen Apfel, according to the modern Rechtschreibung

November 6, 2018

Yes, as you wish. (I personally don't like new things, sometimes they just add to the confusion)

November 7, 2018

Folks, thank you very much for your kind help. It certainly helps to clarify matters.

November 7, 2018

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