Seit or Seid

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A quick explanation when to use "seit" or "seid".

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It is easy to confuse words that look and sound similar. Seit and seid are two German words with different meanings. It should not be too difficult to understand the difference. Let me explain:

Seit

The word "seit" means "since" or "for" and expresses a point in time something started (seit gestern - since yesterday), or a time period that indicates the duration of how long something has been going on (seit 2 Jahren - for 2 years).

Examples:
  • Seit gestern bin ich krank = I have been ill since yesterday.
  • Seit wann bist Du so nett? = Since when are you so nice?

Seid

"Seid" is the second plural conjugated verb form of the verb "sein" (in the Present tense), which translates into "to be".
It is also used in verb conjugations in past tenses where the "Hilfsverb" (auxiliary verb) is "to be".

Examples:
  • Ihr seid da = You (plural) are here
  • Danke meine Freunde, dass Ihr geblieben seid = Thank you my friends, that you were staying (or that you stayed)


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