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"Sie lernt."

December 24, 2012

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nativepeoples

Hmm, so when is it "You learn"?

December 24, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/tchappel3

you learn could be either du lernst or Sie lernen, the former being informal and the latter formal.

December 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/oreoginger

Is 'you' Du, then?

December 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ViridianFields

The informal you is "du", the formal is "Sie". "Du" is capitalized only if it is at the beginning of a sentence, while "Sie" is always capitalized.

December 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/EmeraldCrackle

When do you know if something is formal or informal? When to use each?

January 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cheeseyfighter

You use the formal speech for "higher" people. Like when you write a formal letter to a company (e.g. application), or to people you don't know that close yet, like the parents of your crush or so. Unless they tell you to use "du" ;)

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/estevaotonioli

Sie is always capitalized when it's in the formal way for YOU. When it means sie (she) or sie (they), it will only be capitalized when it's in the beginning of a sentence, like this example.

April 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DuncanTarrant

The verb would conjugate differently. 'Sie lernen' instead of 'Sie lernt'

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ToothCentral

thanks, that's right... thank you very much!

February 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oldgoals

Why can't I learn?

February 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/vltesq

keep at it.... do the quizzes to test your hard words... practice makes perfect.

February 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/acutelilpony

Vielen Dank fur positiv!

March 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/m.woelk

It has a lot of possible meanings does Sie really stand in for any pronoun?

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/roshido

Lowercase "sie" is "they" or "she". Uppercase Sie is "you (formal)". The problem is at the beginning of a sentence. Since the first letter of a sentence is always capital, you have to use context clues to figure out which "sie" is meant.

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/johnwalker

Thanks. I was wondering about how it fitted into the beginning of a sentennce.

February 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/arielpatriki

is it also you plural? or even they?

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ToothCentral

06D11t92 said it best 1 month ago The verb would conjugate differently. 'Sie lernen' instead of 'Sie lernt'

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/2k13aquila

Sie lernt is also "They are learning" theres no way to distinguish so why did i get it wrong?

March 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/eddie.schod

Sie lernen = they are learning

Sie = They Sie = You (Formal)

The answer is "You learn" because of conjugation. Because "They" is plural, the plural conjugation is "lernen" The singular conjugation is "lernt"

Therefore, we can understand that the pronoun being used here is You (Formal) and it's saying that "You are learning."

March 12, 2013
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