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"Ihr seid Jungen."

Translation:You are boys.

April 14, 2013

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When do you use seid and not sind - is sind just with Sie before? Sorry, getting a bit confused!


ich (I) bin

du (you singular informal) bist

er (he) / sie (she) / es (it) ist

wir (we) sind

ihr (you plural informal) seid

sie (they) / Sie (you singular+plural formal) sind


What's the difference between Ihr seid and du bist?


Du bist (singular informal), Ihr seid (plural informal).


What are the differences between Ihr and du? Both of them mean You.


Actually, this is an issue with English, as the language "technically" lacks a second person plural pronoun, even though different regions will use some form of one.

Because of this, things get lost in translation as the languages' contributors refuse to clarify other than the usual ordered list.

Since I'm an American Southerner, I use "y'all" pretty exclusively. It's a contraction of "You" and "all". I feel that "You all" is already pretty neutral, and that they should have used that in place of just "You."

Anyways, just remember that "Ihr" is the equivalent of "You all", "Y'all", "You guys", " You lot", "Youse", etc.


I put "Are you boys"


That is in english a question sentence, so it is wrong.


Its capital letter matter? Sie and sie is different?


Indeed, the polite form "Sie" is written always with a capital S. Same for its declinated forms like "Ihnen". But standing at the beginning of a sentence a word has to be written with a capital inital letter. So a "Sie" or "Ihnen" at the beginning of the sentence can have different meanings and the context is important.

Thats why:

"Haben Sie keine Zeit?" => "Don't you have time?" (formal you)

"Haben sie keine Zeit?" => "Don't they have time?"


"Sie haben keine Zeit." => "You have no time." (formal you)

"Sie haben keine Zeit." => "They have no time."


I thought Ihr was known to be for "they"???


"they" = "sie"

"you" = "du" (you alone) or "ihr" (you all) or "Sie" (formal you)


I definitely heard the 't' so would not have put "seid" :(


the consonants b, d and g are spoken voiceless at the end of a word: b like p, g like k and d like t. So "seid" sounds like "seit". But "seit" is a different word, meaning "since".


when click on the word it says boys and young, but when I o to translate that with the word young it says that its wrong..


In this context only the meaning of "the boys" is right.

"der Junge" means "the boy" in english. And the plural form of it is "die Jungen". But it is also used to say "die Jungs", which sounds more colloquial. So the given sentence would be right as well to say "Ihr seid Jungs"

For young animals we use in German a similar word but with another gender:

"das Junge" - "the cub" (it is neutral in German, not male!)

"die Jungen - "the cubs" (never use "die Jungs" for that meaning!)

The second meaning that was given by Duolingo, "young", is the german adjective "jung". And it can become by declining the form "jungen":

"die jungen Tiere" = "the young animals".

"den jungen Hund" = "the young dog" (accusative form!)

In this way adjectives are usually written with a small initial letter.

But there is a case when the adjective can get an initial letter:

"I would like to buy that dog." - "The young one or the old one?"

in German:

"Ich w├╝rde gern diesen Hund dort kaufen?" - "Den Jungen oder den Alten?"

We call that phenomenon "Substantivierung" and a lot of german people have problems with it ;-)


Wow... Thanks for the comment! so means a little bit of both and depend on the content?


Right, but that's the way it is :-)


I entered you are young and it says I am wrong even though i'm correct.


"You are young" <===> "Ihr seid jung"

"You are Boys"<===>"Ihr seid Jungen"

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