In German, is the conjugation for wir, sie (plural) and Sie (formal) always the same or are there exceptions? Do they also always match the infinitive? Examples:

infinitive 1st person plural 3rd person plural formal
essen wir essen sie essen Sie essen
spielen wir spielen sie spielen Sie spielen
geben wir geben sie geben Sie geben

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I can't think of a verb that differs in conjugated form for wir, sie (plural) and Sie (formal).

However, be careful: they don't always match the infinitive form!
The examples you've listed match the infinitive in active present tense - but differ in passive (sie werden gegeben), or other tenses (wir/sie/Sie gaben).
There are other examples where the infinitive and active present tense don't match: sein - wir/sie/Sie sind.

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