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Sie meaning You or they

Matthew-H69 June 17, 2015, 5:18 pm
Sie brauchen etwas zu essen; can mean You need or they need. How
can I distinguish the  meaning ?
Sie meaning You or they
Byron-K21 June 18, 2015, 1:45 am
I don't think you can.  You just have to know the context
based on circumstances or previous sentences.  If I'm wrong
about that, I would like to know too.
Sie meaning You or they
Paul-Weber June 21, 2015, 7:35 am
Hi Matthew and Byron,

Yes, Sie is used for plural or singular sense. For example, if you are addressing two people and you ned to be polite, you could say: "Haben Sie heute Zeit? The same sentence addressed to only one person would look exactly the same because the singular polite form "Sie" has the same verb form as when it is conjugated in the plural form for "sie".  It is not possible even for Germans to tell it part when the sentence is out of context. 

If you have more questions let me know!

Sie meaning You or they

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