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"Sie lernt."

December 24, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nativepeoples

Hmm, so when is it "You learn"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tchappel3

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oreoginger

Is 'you' Du, then?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldCrackle

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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" ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuncanTarrant

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToothCentral

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johnwalker

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oldgoals

Why can't I learn?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vltesq

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/acutelilpony

Vielen Dank fur positiv!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielpatriki

is it also you plural? or even they?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToothCentral

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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."

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