ist sie neu?bist du neu or sind Sie neu（Sie is more polite than du,and S must be capitalized ）?sind sie new?
Doesn't this also translate to "Are you [formal] new?". I learned in another course I'm doing the expression "Sind sie Americana?", which means "Are you an American?" The word "you" in that sentence is the formal "you" in German. Why is then my answer wrong?
Well, it would be pronounced the exact same way to say "are you [formal] new?", but in the written form, the word "sie" needs to be capitalized in order for it to mean "you [formal]".
If the sentence were "Sind Sie neu", then "Are you [formal] new?" would be completely correct. In this case, since it's lowercase (and because of the conjugation "sind"), it translates to "they" instead.
Hope this helps!
So what about "Sie sind neu."? Could this translate to both "You [formal] are new." and "They are new." at the same time?
Does "Sind Sie neu?" and "Sie sind neu?" both mean "You are new?" In other words, the word order is interchangeable?
Not quite. "Sind sie neu?" is a neutral question, whereas "Sie sind neu?" signals suprise or disbelief. If you want to form a neutral question, always use inversion.
Sind Sie Amerikaner? is the spelling, for a man. SInd SIe AMerikanerin? is the female.
I'm still learning pronunciation. In what cases is "eu" pronounced as "oi"? Always?
As far as i know, yes. For example, the Euro is the same in German with the Eu at the beginning being pronounced 'oy[/oi]' as well.
Was under the impression that Sie was they and 'formal you'. And sie was she. While I got the hint from Sind in this case. sie in lower case be also they?
"they" is lower-case sie. And "she" is also lower-case sie.
"you" is upper-case Sie.
As the first word of a sentence, you can't tell sie and Sie apart, but in a sentence like this, where the word is not the first one, you can.
In an actual scenario, is the only way to tell the difference between "are they new?" (Sind sie neu) and formally "are you new?" (Sind Sie neu) or does it have a slight difference in pronunciation?
In speech, only context can tell you the difference -- the pronunciation is identical.
I guess the context here is restricted in a way "sie" can only refer to objects. Because for people, I believe the more appropriate adjective would be "jung" instead of "neu".
It can actually translate to either (1) Are they new?, or (2) Are you new? ( Sie can be used to form either the 3rd person of the plural or the 2nd person of the singular in a formal way.
Maybe it's just my ears, but the program's pronunciation seems bad on this one. Sounds more like she's saying, 'Sind suh die neu?'. Sounds like there's an extra syllable in there.
I'm still in doubt, how do we pronounce sind ans sei? In the duolingo i hear "zind" and "zei"
Ok, I'm far from an expert, but does it sound to anyone else like the voice is saying "Sind Sie neu" as in "Are you (formal) new?"
I know there's hardly any difference between the two, but it sounds to me like a person meeting someone new, rather than asking if the plates on the table have been newly purchased...
This dinged me even though I wrote "are they new", it doesn't usually ding me for missing punctuation
Shouldn't it be "Sind sie neue" for "Are they new", and "Sind Sie neu" for "are you new"? Here the sentence is "Sind sie neu" which is confusing.
No. Adjectives after "to be" (predicative adjectives) have no ending.
ich bin neu, du bist neu, er ist neu, sie ist neu, es ist neu; wir sind neu, ihr seid neu, sie sind neu, Sie sind neu
No ending and the adjective remains the same regardless of the subject.