Teaspoon wrote:It's a long time since I studied German in high school, but I think they still use "du" and "sie" the same way English once used "thou" and "thee". "Sie" also means "she" and "you"(plurular) though, so they're still silly.
I know this probably isn't relevant any more, I just wanted to give my rusty German some exercise.
It's been about three years for me. "Sie
", as referring to you in the singular, is always spelt with a capital letter, and it is the default way to speak to a stranger or acquaintance that is older/superior to you. It is roughly equivalent to how we respectfully call people "sir" or "ma'am". Yeah, it also refers to the feminine, but I am fairly sure that "sie
" as a plural refers to "they", not "you (pl.)" or "us".
Also, and this is just from memory, while sie
= she, it uses different possessive pronouns to Sie
= you. I think, for example, the feminine is ihnen
while the plural is ihren
. (They might be the other way around, but I am sure they are different.) The plural form of sie
= they is used for Sie
= you (s.), rather than the verb forms taken by du
= you (s.) which might be a little easier to distinguish if you're talking about some girl or talking to the person you are talking to, but it was still incredibly annoying to have that to remember on top of those damn gendered pronouns.