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sind, bist, seid

differences between them? D:

February 21, 2015



It's similar to the difference between am, are, and is in English. All different forms of to be sein that change depending on the pronoun or noun.

  • I am ich bin
  • you (singular) are du bist
  • he is er ist, she is sie ist, it is es ist
  • we are wir sind
  • you (plural) are ihr seid
  • they are sie sind
  • you (polite) are Sie sind


Thank you for the amazing example of am, is, and are.


Is it correct to say "Man seid" or should it be "Man sein"?


I don't think so, always man ist.


When do you use the 'polite' one?


Whenever you want to be polite - talking to a stranger you dont know, who is an Adult or talking to any person of authority, teachers or police officers for example.

Germans usually use "Sie" on each other ("siezen") until one of them offers the "Du" ("duzen") - especially in business situations.

You dont have to use the polite forms on children though. Teachers usually call the pupils "Du" up until 11th Grade, at which point they have to call them "Sie".

Edit: If you're friends with the person or you know each other you can usually use "Du" though. So friends of your family and alike.


I know I shouldn't say this because it is off-topic, but I love Europeans for calling students 'pupils'.


Haha yeah I dont know about other countries but in Germany the word "Student" (literally meaning student) usually refers to someone who's in Uni / College. That's why I use pupil ...


Hello!! I'd really appreciate your help with this.... Is it correct to use (Sie bist) as in you (singular-polite) are? and is there a polit/formal word of Ihr? Thanks amil!!!


sen süpersin . bu kadar dili öğrenmek için günde kaç saatini harcadın?


I spend an hour a day but I wouldn't say I'm learning them equally, and it's just for interest so I'm by no means fluent in them. And I have more trouble with some than others. Turkish in particular is one I have difficulty with so sorry for answering in English. ;)


no problem. even Turks cant speak turkish very well. youre right it is hard but i have a question whats your main language


English is my first language. I did German and Japanese in high school (many years ago) so those are the languages I'm usually concentrating on. German is the language I'm most comfortable with after English.


Does trying to understand arbitrary genders in other languages ever get easier?


Sir, while i was also searching for difference between sind and seid, I read that sind is for third person plural and seid is for first person plural. So, We are --> wir sind seems incorrect to me. Shouldn't it be wir seid, as "WE" is a first person plural and sind is for third person plural. Please help me here, I am a beginner at German so i may be missing something very simple. Danke


its wir sind... You have mixed them up (its ok). Sind, is first person plu., and seid is second/third person plu. Bist is second/third person sin. And for first person singular, that is the english word "am" not "are". So it would be "bin". Confusing, but hope it helps


thank you so much this was so much help


All verbs are "conjugated", which means they change depending on the number and person- first, second, third. Have a look at this for the German verb to be (sein) and for the verb to have (haben). http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb01.htm http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb02.htm It is unfortunate that in most Romance languages the first verbs ones learns are irregular.
Keep going. It comes with time. Good luck.


To be pedantic, German is not a Romance language; it's a Germanic language, like English (though English is heavily influenced by Norman French, a Romance language!). Your point about common verbs being irregular in many languages still holds, though.


You are of course correct. Mea culpa.


Norman French was Germanic was it not? Frankish wasn't Romanticised until later on as far as I am aware?


Thank you so much for beautiful explanation.


I'm having a lot of trouble distinguishing the difference between "sind" and "seid"

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