yes, if you want to say "you have" (polite) it looks exactly the same like "they have" except of the fact that in you-case "S" is capital. Sie haben = you have sie haben = they have But if it is the first word of sentence, of course you cannot see the difference.
When speaking, the only way to distinguish would be through context then?
If one is unsure would it be acceptable to clarify by asking "Ich?" and they'd respond "Nicht, sie" or "Ja"? If not, how is ambiguity handled?
It's handled exactly like that.
A more formal version of "ich?" would be "Meinen Sie mich?"/"Reden Sie mit mir?".
Anyway, this problem shouldn't occur as often as it might seem right now.
I don't understand this! I thought that Zeitung being a feminine word meant that Sie must meant She instead of They. Very confusing
Okay I think I've got it. I should be looking for the verb, not the noun. Because it is "haben", Sie must mean They - if it was "hat" then it would be She?
sie hat eine Zeitung or sie habben eine Zeitung
the verb is the clue whether sie is she or they.
Oh, sie can mean you (formal) as well, the 's' is capital letter.
Note: please correct me if im wrong.
Why is it that every single time I answer with "They" the answer is "She", but the one time I say "She" the answer is "They?" Does Duolingo just hate me or what?
Duolingo don't hate you. You need to pay attention to the verb.
sie trinkt = she drinks
sie trinken = they drink
sie isst = she eats
sie essen = they eat.
So when you find "sie" ever go to see the verb that is different for sie/she and sie/they. :-)
In this case, "eine Zeitung" is the direct object of the sentence, correct? Meaning it is in the accusative case, not the nominative. Right?
This is because ¸Zeitng" is feminine whereas ¸Apfel" and ¸Hund" are masculine. Look at the declension tables in Wikipedia.
Yes, you definitely can. Although I see basically no practial application for that ;).
A bit more specific: "eine/einen" always defines, that the count of that object is one, but an unspecific one. You don't know if it's the new york times, sun, or whatever newspaper there might be. To say "one newspaper" would sound to me like if you wanted to express that you only took one of a pile of the same newspapers (because you could take more, if you wanted to bring them to your friends).
When the verb is in the singular form, it's "she". When the verb is in the plural, it means "they". Sie hat vs. Sie haben = she has vs. they have.
On a side note, Sie haben can also mean "you have" in singular and plural in the polite address: Sie haben da eine Nudel im Gesicht means, is spoken to someone you have a noodle there on you face (which btw. is the start of an incredibly funny video from a German comedian from the 80's). Context is everything.
Why is "they have a newspaper" fine, but "they've a newspaper" not fine? Isn't "they have" and "they've" the same thing?
Sometimes Duo doesn't account for things like that. Next time it happens make sure to report it.
They've is hardly correct in English either, although it is somewhat commonly used, it's more of a slang term than proper English
When you put the mouse on the "Sie" it says It, them and her. Therefore I don't understand why I would be wrong when I put It, considering it says It and not she or they.
Why is can you use "sie" for she AND they? Can someone help me distinguish the two?
Bruh am a looser TON TON TON seriously why do i keep saying TON TON TON
I saw in one example "Sie haben die Zeitung" and here "Sie haben eine Zeitung", so does the article change only for masculine nouns in the accusative?
When your german speaking friend says,"own" isnt right in the sentence either but Duo says its right.
I agree with insomniaxy, how do you tell the difference between you have and they have in german it's so annoying to figure out!
Here, why wouldn't you put Besitzen? In an example where it read "i have water," it translated to "ich besitze Wasser" instead of "ich habe Wasser" because Besitzen applies to ownership, but why wouldn't you put it here?
So I answered "They have a newspaper" and it said I was wrong. And then the answer is "They have a newspaper."
This questions should have two correct answers they and "polite" you because there's no way of telling the difference in this case between the two.
Ich habe einfach "meine Zeitung" gehört , gibt es aber kein deutlichkeit.
Oh my gosh, it's as if "Sie" means both "they" AND "she", but I don't know when it means singular, and when it means plural!!!