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"Sie sind ein Mädchen."

Why is "Sie sind ein Mädchen." a correct translation of "you are a girl." ? I understand that it's technically grammatically correct, but it doesn't really make sense to say you(plural) are a girl.

October 8, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/blackwind

Sie is formal you and Sie/sie uses the infinitive. This means you're saying "You(formal) are a girl" although it doesn't make much sense as kids are usually never spoken to formally because others kids are their age and adults usually speak to children informally.

October 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/willkooi

Yes, in this case Sie is a formal "you", which you would use with someone you don't know.

October 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/DanLingo

Ahahah it was a girl from the Royal Family ;D

October 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/itsbutters2011

Du bist ein Mädchen

October 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/steeph

And BTW: You (plural) is not sie but ihr ;)

October 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/duodanny

blackwind: Beginning (I believe in Gymansium) students and teachers both use the formal you. So it wouldn't be that weird for a high school teacher to say to a female student "you are a girl".

October 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/blackwind

duodanny: I was thinking more like of 5 year olds and what not but I suppose that makes sense.

October 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/kragi

Pupils are spoken to formally in school at age 15 or 16. So it actually should be "Sie sind eine junge Dame." I would say "Du" to a younger girl of a royal family too, not "Sie". But well, this is Duolingo. The sentence is gramatically correct.

October 12, 2012
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