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Sie und ich gehen

The Duolingo translation for it saids "you and i go" but i am wondering if there could be another one for example "she and i go" since the sie can be a she?

Also i have noticed this in many other phrases that sie can sometimes be used as you (not sure weather it's du or ihr) . So under what circumstances, case, or tense can sie be a she ?

January 30, 2019



When used in the nominative case, it could always mean she, they or you (pl.&sing. courtesy form). Decision help:

  • Context (not given here; doesn't help here)
  • Verb endings plural (--> they or courtesy forms of you) (it's plural here but for the reason that two people are involved --> this doesn't help you)
  • Verb endings singular (--> she --> ain't singular here)
  • Courtesy forms of you (i.e. Sie sing.&pl.) are always capitalized (doesn't help her since it's the beginning of the sentence anyway)

I come back to your question: Yes, she and I go is a feasible translation for sie und ich gehen, too, aswell is they and I go, you (sing. polite form) and I go and you (pl. polite you/y'all) and I go. You simply don't know without more context.


Gut gemacht.


The formal sie is capitalized, Sie, and used to address somebody you don't know well. Otherwise it is just sie und ich gehen oder du und ich.


But since the capitalized Sie seems to be starting this .. let's loosely call it a sentence, it could be capitalized for simply that reason -- the starting position. Hence, while your statement is true, I hold that there is not enough context to completely rule out 'she' for a translation here.

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