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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/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/willkooi

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanLingo

Ahahah it was a girl from the Royal Family ;D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsbutters2011

Du bist ein Mädchen


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steeph

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blackwind

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonMazzucca

But shouldn't it be eine ?

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