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What is the difference between Du and Sie [duplicate]

What is the difference between Du and Sie? For example, you are drinking/ you drink translates to Du trinkst Sie trinken other than the difference in conjugation, I do not understand why I would use ...
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What are informal ways to say “good bye”?

In German you may say Auf Wiedersehen or Guten Tag when leaving. Both seem rather formal and may be inappropriate in a non-formal context. What would be the alternatives? In what context can we use ...
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How to refer to a woman based on her age?

For example, you wouldn’t use girl for a 40 years old woman or kid for a 20 years old woman (unless you’re far older). Fräulein for single woman between what ages? What is the age range for Mädchen?...
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Can I switch to the du-form myself when I am addressed as “du”?

I am an undergraduate and will be staying with a host family in Mannheim for to learn German. I have never met the host family before and I see them as senior to me, so I used the Sie-form when I ...
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How to address more than one person in an E-mail?

I have to address my future German Au Pair family in an E-mail and until now have only been in contact with the woman. However the last E-mail was signed with both names, so I now feel I should ...
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If my professor says “du”, can I use “du”, too?

Some professors and university personal always address their students with "du". Should I as a student reply with "du"? If not, how can I ask them if its okay?
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How would one say 'I solved the Dirac equation.', and 'You solved the Dirac equation?'?

Given a statement and a question of nigh identical substance, I'm curious how each might be translated, specifically wondering: would they differ based on whether it is me or you concerned? For ...
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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

I understand that Wie geht’s? is a shortened form of Wie geht es dir? where the es becomes contracted and the dir is omitted. However, this can only be used with close friends where du is OK. ...
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Telling your conversational partner they can use “du” instead of “Sie”

I have just read with interest this question and its answers which covers when it is appropriate to use "du" or "sie". My question is, is there something that is often said in German which translates ...
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If I'm on 'du' terms with the wife (my colleague), am I automatically on 'du' terms with the Husband too?

What do you understand the rules to be on using 'du' and 'Sie'? Is it usual to use 'Sie' until something else is offered? Confused in Germany
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Wie sollte ich eine Lehrerin, die mich siezt, in einer E-Mail grüßen und verabschieden?

Meine Deutschlehrerin an der Universität siezt mich, aber kennt meinen Vornamen. Ich möchte ihr eine E-Mail schreiben. Sie hat mir noch nie geschrieben. Welche Begrüßung und welche Verabschiedung ...
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When should you use “du” instead of “Sie”?

When should you speak to people using "du" instead of "Sie" if you want to be polite but not seem snobby? My parents were German but I was born and raised in Canada. My German is fairly limited but I ...
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Höfliche Anrede mit zweiter Person Plural: »Ihr solltet zugeben, dass Ihr ganz einfach Angst habt.«

Die zweite Person Plural wird ab und zu verwendet, um Höflichkeit auszudrücken. Folgendes Beispiel stammt aus dem Buch "Die unendliche Geschichte" von Michael Ende: »Held Hynreck«, sagte Bastian ...
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German clients addressing a freelancer with “du” on the Internet

My friend who works remotely as a freelancer illustrator is a non-native German speaker, and is surprised that native speakers who request a quote from her online always start the conversation with ...

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