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"Glauben Sie mir einfach."

April 13, 2013

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Is the 'sie' implied here?

April 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist
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"Sie" is always capitalized when you use it for formal "you". I assume you are talking about the missing "you" in the English sentence. The sentence is in the imperative mood as it is a command. In a lot of languages when you use an imperative sentence you leave out the subject (as is done in the English sentence) and you might use a different verb form. However, German doesn't have a true imperative for the formal "you" which means that you use both the subject Sie and its corresponding verb form. For the informal "you" you would say "Glaub mir einfach" (different from "glaubst") and for the plural "you" it's "Glaubt mir einfach".

April 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/philster043

Thanks, I was hoping for the informal version. You told me exactly what I wanted to hear.

May 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KyleGoetz
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I'm confused. You say that Sie is necessary in the German imperative form, but then in the two examples you leave it out. Is it (or the other two second person pronouns) optional or mandatory?

I.e., is it Glaub du mir einfach, Glaubt sie mir einfach, Glauben Sie mir einfach, or can/should the du/sie/Sie be dropped?

June 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jalnt
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Could you omit the "Sie" in this instance and still make sense? Could you just say "Glauben mir einfach"?

May 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hutcho66

No, the Sie indicates the formal imperative mood. If you want to be informal. you can omit the Sie, but you need to use the stem of the verb instead. So you would say to a friend, "Glaub(e) mir einfach". The e is optional. There are two more forms for informal you-plural, "Glaubt mir einfach", and for first person plural, "Glauben wir mir einfach", which translates to "Let's believe in me". http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/Imperative/Imperativ.html explains it fairly well

June 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cayvie
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how would you say "do you think i am simple?"

June 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hutcho66

"Glauben Sie, ich bin einfach?". The I am simple is a separate clause.

June 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DarcX
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Wouldn't it be "Glauben Sie, dass ich bin einfach?"

August 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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No. The word order is wrong. "Glauben Sie, dass ich einfach bin?". Hutcho's solution is also fine.

August 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DarcX
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In Hutcho's solution, would a semicolon be properly used rather than a comma? I realize those are pretty much only used in (very) formal settings these days, but I'm still curious, 'cause in English, a semicolon would be needed; idk about German.

August 19, 2013

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No. The semicolon isn't normally used between main clause and subordinate clauses. http://is.gd/Po5X1l

August 19, 2013
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