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"Du" and "Ni"

Swedish people what´s the difference between two words mening "you". "Du" and "ni"?

April 19, 2019



Du is singular - speaking to one. Ni is plural - speaking to two or more.

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    Mildly interesting fact: In the 1960's Sweden decided to change the way we address each other. It's called "Du-reformen" and you can read more about it on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du-reformen


    I am French, and I think that Du and Ni are the same as Tu and Vous. If someone knows a little about French, is it the case ?

    [deactivated user]

      True. Ni may be used as Vous or fancy addressing, though it's not common today.


      They mean the same thing. The difference is the proper use of "ni" compared to "vous". Only use "ni" when adressing more than one person. This is of course different from "vous" which can be used to adress both one and more than one person.

      You actually could use "vous" and "ni" the same way. It would be perfectly correct Swedish, but perhaps not perfectly correct manners.


      In Southern USA English it seems that "ni" would be the equivilant of "You all" or "Y'all."

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