"Er sieht sie."

Translation:He sees them.

December 29, 2012



Why is Er sieht "sie" and not Er sieht "ihr"?

January 23, 2014


I was wondering this as well

December 2, 2014


er sieht sie, here "sie" is in accusative (direct object).

"sie" (both "she" and "they") in accusative stays "sie", and only in dative "sie" (=she) becomes "ihr" and "sie" (=they) becomes "ihnen".

February 3, 2015


What's the difference between dative and accusative?

May 3, 2016


dative describes indirect objects and locations accusative describes direct objects or motions

May 5, 2016


Accusative/direct object: "I passed [the ball]."

Dative/indirect object: "I passed the ball {to him}."

Can be confusing in english because we dont alter the pronoun and can change word order: "I passed [him] in the hallway" vs. "I passed {him} [the ball]."

May 18, 2018


He sees she is wrong...so sie is not she...but how to know?

September 17, 2018


Why is "he sees her" wrong? I don't get it

May 6, 2019


How can you tell whether sie means her or them? Or do you have to guess?

December 11, 2015


That's what I was wondering. I guess you have to know who he was looking for?

May 17, 2016


Shouldn't it be "Sie" instead of "sie"?

May 8, 2013


'Sie' with a capital 'S' would make it 'you'. Without the capital it is either they/them or she/her.

February 8, 2015


How do I know who's the subject? I remember, in Lesson 7, "das Telefonbuch hast du" is meaning "You have the phone book", because of the form "du" (not "dich"). "Sie" doesn't change when receiving an action?

December 29, 2012


Correct, "sie" stays "sie" when it becomes a direct object, but "er" becomes "ihn".

January 17, 2013


Doesn't "er" (he) become "ihm" (him)?

December 2, 2014


No, it's "ihn", as myra said ;)

February 3, 2015


I am getting a little confused with Sie. I thought this sentence could be translated "He sees her." Can someone explain why this is incorrect?

December 26, 2013


Yes, that is what I entered and it was correct.

January 3, 2014


It could. If you lost a heart, are you sure you didn't do a typo somewhere else? (it could be either "her" or "them")

December 27, 2013


I typed 'He is seeing her' but it was marked as wrong. Does anyone know why? I mean I thought "sie" in the accusative means both "her" and "them". Cheers.

November 1, 2015


I also typed the same as you and it got marked wrong. It will be nice if someone explains why "He is seeing her" is wrong.

February 23, 2017


i still cannot tell the difference between ER and IHR, i Wish i could type in the words and get a translation and listen to them side by side so i can hear it instead of just getting it wrong in random places.

August 22, 2013


"Er" sounds a lot like the substance we breathe in, "air", while "ihr" sounds much like one of those things on the side of your head, "ear".

August 22, 2013


You can type them into Google translate next to each other and get it to say them both

October 8, 2013


Danke! That helped me understand the 'air' and 'ear' thing.

March 31, 2016


He sees you also should be correct na?

July 7, 2014


had it been the formal "you", it would have been capitalized ("Sie").

February 3, 2015


So "Sie" is the same in accusative?

November 2, 2017



Only masculine singular distinguishes the accusative from the nominative (in the third person) -- the accusative case form looks like the nominative for feminine and neuter nouns (and third-person pronouns) in the singular, and always in the plural (again, for nouns and third-person pronouns).

November 3, 2017


Doesn't er mean him or it?

December 27, 2013


He. 3. Person singular im Nominativ, to be exact.

December 27, 2013


is there a good way to remember what spelling you use for which word? sieht, sehe, sehen, i always get them wrong!

January 9, 2014


When I see a conjugation ending in "t" I think of the English equivalent of "s". So if "I see" = ich sehe, then "she sees" should end with a "t" (sie sieht). plurals will usually end with an "n" (they see = sie sehen).

December 2, 2014


okay, thank you so much!

February 10, 2015


I said "He sees her." Why did I get marked wrong?

June 23, 2014


you were right, it's perfectly correct. they have obviously fixed it, since i wrote the same translation and it was accepted.

February 3, 2015


Usually we differentiate whether "Sie/sie" is "you(formal), them or she" based on the verb. Here there is no verb based on "sie". So there are chances to understand "sie" in this context as "them/she". so, both sentences "He sees them / He sees her" are correct. Right?

August 18, 2014


"From the bushes."

August 30, 2014


Sie is just a 3rd person feminine pronoun. It can mean it. For example, "Er sieht die Kuh." can become "Er sieht sie." So "he sees it" should be accepted.

October 13, 2015


Why can't this be "Er seiht ihr"?

April 16, 2016


why is he sees her wrong??

September 14, 2016


I misread and typed 'He sees it', but it was accepted! Bug, I suppose.

September 20, 2016


I had this sentence twice in same lection. First i typed "he sees her" - wrong. Second time typed "he sees them". again wrong. Plz explain

June 15, 2017


Ich kann das nicht machen. Ich verstehe das nicht

October 3, 2017


Why 'He is seeing her' is not correct ?

October 18, 2018


What makes the "sie" them insteqd of you? Why not "HE SEES YOU"?

November 19, 2018


Hi ElenaGromo2. When you are "seeing" someone, it is taken to be more of an intimate relationship, eg a courtship. You could also be seeing your doctor or your physiotherapist etc. However in this case where "he sees her" (or he sees them) it tells of a situation where he can actually see or spot her (or them), eg "he can see her/them in the shopping mall crowd" or he sees them in a restaurant. I hope this distinction helps to clarify your query. To be seeing somebody in a relationship, it would be a Verabredung, eg "Sie hat eine Verabredung mit ihrem Freund".

February 25, 2019
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