German A1 7: ‟Ihr und wir” – We like the plural forms


You are going to learn: <Common phrases, <how to express facts using plural forms,
<the third person singular, <a lot of new vocabulary and <much more

As we have done for the singular interview before, we now use the plural forms ‟wir” and ‟ihr” in
order to demonstrate how a conversation – in our case an interview – works, when more than one
person is involved. This means: There are one or more interviewers (people asking questions)
AND more than one interviewees (people giving answers). Imagine: There is one persons asking
us, and we are giving appropriate answers!
This again could be
1. an informal situation (remember e. g. members of the family, people around your age or
children), then you use the plural you forms ‟ihr”, ‟euch”, ‟euer/euren/eure”,.. or
2. a formal situation, when you are obliged to show more respect (like at business meetings,
job interviews, talking to authorities and older people), then you use the ‟formal you”-
form ‟Sie”, ‟Ihnen”, ‟Ihr/e/n…” like we did in the 1:1 interview situation in chapter 3!
Again, the appropriate verb forms and endings are highlighted. And, as the title of the chapter is
revealing us, we like the plurals: plural forms, plural nouns etc . As plural forms often are very
general, therefore also do not ‟need” an article in most of the cases AND are sexless, as mentioned
before, there is no need to deal a lot with these ‟der”- ‟die”- oder ‟das”- considerations! 🙂 So you
won´t find any red, blue or green in the following summary:
‟Ihr” (=”Plural You”) or: ‟Sie” (=the ‟Formal You” also for the plurals) and „Wir” (=”We”):

Translations of the sentences above:
What are your names?
We are the Berger family.
What do you like?
We like Plural forms.
Where are you from?
We come from different continents.
Where do you live?
We live in the mountains.
How are you?
We are feeling better.
Do you have family?
We have two children.
Are you married?
We are married for four years.
When were you born?
We were born about thirty-five years ago.
What are you doing?
We are cooking the good noodles.
Where are you going?
We go to the Alps.
What do you do like?
We like playing with the children.
What can you do?
We can play cards with our friends.
What are you allowed (to do)?
We may not forget the gifts.
What do you have to do?
We must earn lots of money.
What shall you do?
We shall visit our friends.
What did you do?
We have cooked good meals.
What languages do you speak?
We speak many languages.
Where were you?
We were in the States.
What did you have?
We had more time.