"You are women."

Translation:Ni är kvinnor.

November 22, 2014

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Ni is the same as Du but it says Du is incorrect

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    Ni and du are different. Du refers to just one person, ni refers to more people. Since there is plural "women", only "ni" can be used


    Ni is 2nd person plural, Du is 2nd person singular! It has to be plural because otherwise the sentence "you are womEn" would not make sense (would be "you are A womAn" if it was singular).


    Ni = ye/you (-n from Old Swedish verb plural verb suffix, rebracketed onto the pronoun í, from Old Norse éʀ, from Proto-Germanic jiz, same source as English ye/you).

    Du = thou.


    Ni is used for plural Number and Du is used for singular number


    Yes! I only lived in sweden for a while but we always said Du not Ni when I mean You specifically


    I thought du was plural and ni was singular, welp.


    I don't know why people ignore how annoying it is that English doesn't have a second person plural. "Y'all" is what I use. Sure, it's just a contraction. Still, at least it somewhat addresses the issue. The problem with most language majors is that they tend to be "conservatives" on a given language, and prevent further evolution of said language.

    I think we should instead refer to the suggestions of linguists, which may allow language to evolve in a logical and efficient manner.

    Spelling in English is abysmal. Why not make it phonetic? Why not make the grammar rules more streamlined, instead of regular irregularities? Maybe one day, these issues will be addressed. Unlikely in my lifetime, though. :/


    Language evolves with subtlety over time, including the English language. If you went back in time two-hundred years ago you would likely have a hard time understanding, not because linguists allowed language to change, simply because language flows like a river.

    Some languages have changed little over time; I may be wrong but I believe Arabic to be an example.


    Have you heard about the Shavian alphabet? I just couldn't help thinking of it when I read your comment. :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavian_alphabet


    So ni is like vous in french? Is it also used to be more formal/polite, or can one use du for that too? Just trying to wrap my head around it, english only having one 'you' word makes other languages confusing!


    No, ni is not more polite, just plural. You can read more on Swedish politeness here.


    I believe "Ni" is like "Vos" in Spanish, used for second person plural


    Can 'Ni' be used as a plural you and formal you, like the German 'Ihr'?

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    'Ni' can in theory also be used like the german 'Sie'; formal singular you. However, you only use that if you would talk to the king or such. You would sound very archaic in other situations.

    As a side note, I actually have been referred to as 'Ni' in a couple of visits to some stores recently, always by younger staff. They probably think they are being very polite, but to me it sounds very strange, and this usage sounds like a relic from a hundred years ago..

    (Also, I lied. If you would meet the king you should actually say "Ers Majestät", referring to him in third person.)


    Not really.


    This discussion handles the topic, with a bit of discussion among a couple of native speakers on the subject.


    Im not quite sure of the differences of used with Du and Ni. Same with är, could someone help a little or direct me to something that explains. Thanks Jesse


    Ni is when the speaker is addressing several people, and du is when they are addressing only one.


    What is the difference between du and ni?


    Du is singular. Ni is plural.


    When do I use ni or du?


    You use "du" for one person and "ni" for more than one.


    As far as I know, Ni are the polite form of Du. Correct?


    No - at least, not these days. See the more extensive discussion linked below.


    Du is singular and Ni is plural....now i realize why english is probably the easiest language....


    What did i do wrong


    hey, I know it has nothing to do with this, but can anyone tell me the difference between "ett" and "en" ?!


    Du = you Ni = y'all

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