"You are women."

Translation:Ni är kvinnor.

November 22, 2014



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

December 17, 2014


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

December 26, 2014


So Ni is basically Y'all. That makes sense now. I was extremely confused

September 19, 2018


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).

April 23, 2015


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. :/

December 8, 2015


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

December 8, 2015


I've not heard of this, it's very interesting. :] However, it's not the availability of a phonetic scrip, (because I know how to read and write IPA), it's convincing people that it would actually be easier to use said script. :P The problem is language majors (not linguists) that do their best to control and 'conserve' a language as-is, without letting it evolve in a logical fashion.

December 10, 2015


Why do you think it would be easier - or indeed better? English's idiosyncrasies hold its history: for centuries after the Norman invasion it was the language of serfs and the pre-invasion literary tradition was lost whilst French and Latin were the languages of the educated oppressors. So grammar rules and spelling were lost to a degree (standardised spelling was the aim of Samuel Johnson dictionary some 600 years later).

Equally, many of the spellings in English are faithful to the language of the words' origin...English is basically a mixture of Old German and Old French, with some Scandinavian, remnants of Brythionic and Celtic languages, and a bunch of borrowed words - like bungalow, shampoo and pyjamas, to name but three.

How would a phonetic script deal with homophones? here, hear! there their they're.

Investigating why the language is the way it is leads to fascinating discoveries out our past - why would anyone want to destroy a treasure trove of history?

If you want a constructed regular language, use Esperanto.

And if you want singular and plural "you" in English, let's return to using thee and thou.....

March 10, 2019


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.

November 21, 2016


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

November 22, 2014


Not really.


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

November 22, 2014


'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.)

October 20, 2018


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!

June 10, 2015


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

July 8, 2015


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

January 10, 2018


What is the difference between du and ni?

November 20, 2018


When do I use ni or du?

December 12, 2018


How can I differentiate plural and singular forms if writing is same?!

April 24, 2019
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