"Ihre Zeitungen sind schwarz und weiß."

Translation:Her newspapers are black and white.

May 28, 2013



How do you know when "Ihr" or "Ihre" means "her," "they" or "your?"

July 25, 2013


You don't, you simply know it from the context around

October 6, 2013


Bloody context

June 11, 2016



September 7, 2017


Why couldn't this sentence be 'your newspapers'?

February 17, 2019


This is a good question and mine too. I do not see that it has been answered. Either should be okay.

March 12, 2019

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The German sentence is ambiguous. Therefore "her", "their" and "your" are all accepted.

August 4, 2019


Why couldn't this sentence be 'your newspapers'?

February 17, 2019


How would one know whether to choose "Ihr" or "Ihre" at the beginning of the sentence?

May 28, 2013


Ihr Haus (das Haus)

Ihr Hund (der Hund)

Ihre Katze (die Katze)

Ihre Hunde (die Hunde) plural

So if you don't know what gender the subject is, it will be hard; however plural is always ihre :)

May 28, 2013


Those are good examples, butterbrot. But just to clarify, when you wrote that "plural is always ihre", you meant that "plural is always ihre in the nomintaive and accusative cases", right? In the plural ihr would be ihren in the dative case, and ihrer in the (seldom used) genitive case.

April 20, 2017


butterbrot gave some good examples. Here is a link to a website that explains which endings are used. It has some very good charts, that I have found to be quite helpful. (Note: ihr is an ein word, as noted in the explanation above the "ein" word chart.)


April 20, 2017


Und rot überall.

....doesn't work so well in German.

February 11, 2016


as a native german speaker, I would asume, that Duolingo wanted to say that the newspapers are not multicolored, but the print is only black and white. In german we would rather say: "Ihre Zeitungen sind schwarzweiß" in one word for this kind of printing option.

July 9, 2017


Why weiß with no "E".

February 25, 2015


Because adjectives are only inflected when they come before a noun.

September 2, 2015


I am so confused about when Ihre means her or your ? can anyone explain to me please ?

August 25, 2015


I don't know if you're still studying German or not, SolonasK, but if you are, or for others who have the same question, I put together a chart after reading though a particularly long thread that, in parts, touched on this same topic and had thoroughly confused me by the end of it. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words:

Keep in mind that this is an example where "ihr" starts a sentence. When it is in the middle of a sentence, its meaning is less ambiguous because capitalization of the letter "I" (or lack thereof) will narrow down the options of what it could be -- "her" or "their" if it is not capitalized and "your" (singular or plural, formal) if it is. The word "ihr" may also be used as a pronoun to mean "you" (plural, informal) as in "you all" or "y'all."

It may also help you to know that the possessive pronoun (e.g., my, our, her, their, your) must agree in gender, number, and case with the noun it modifies. In the example for this prompt, the noun Zeitungen is plural nominative and therefore "ihr" takes an "-e" ending. In my example, the noun is feminine, singular, nominative. If you don't already have a good chart to help you determine which ending to use, I also made one of those a while back, so I'll paste it below for you:

Keep in mind that the same endings would apply to "ihr" with a capital "I," but it would mean "your" (singular or plural, formal).

Hope that helps you and others see things more clearly now on this topic.

March 27, 2016


Is ß an s or a z

January 25, 2016


It's acctually the same as two "s". A reform several years ago reduced its use, but as far as pronunciation goes, it's like "s".

March 15, 2016


Why is ss not the same as a hard S?

July 29, 2014


Does anyone know when to pronounce "schw" as schwarz = shvartz or swimmt = shooimt


September 22, 2014


They have the same pronunciation. By the way "to swim" is written in german "schwimmen"

November 15, 2015


What else were they going to be? Indigo?!

March 20, 2016


The same boring old colours

April 10, 2016


"schwarz und weiß sein" - is that a special expression in German?

September 6, 2016


Literally black and white or there is another meaning?

January 28, 2017


I'm wondering this too. Like does this only work for colors or can you use this to mean something like the articles only go to the extremes.

August 29, 2017


alright, thanks a lot

August 30, 2017


I'm assuming this is literal. Can it also be idiomatic, as in English?

March 15, 2017


und ganz gelesen.

April 4, 2019
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