wir

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wir, from Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂. Compare Low German wi, Dutch wij, English we, Danish vi, Icelandic vér, Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃 (weis).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (standard) IPA(key): /viːɐ̯/
  • (colloquially in unstressed position) IPA(key): /vɐ/, /mɐ/

Pronoun[edit]

wir

  1. we

Inflection[edit]

  • The genitive case unser is more and more rarely used in modern German.
  • While the genitive of Personal Pronouns does express ownership, it must not be confused with possessive pronouns. While possessive pronouns such as unser are put in front of the noun they relate to and follow the inflection rules of adjectives, the genitive form of personal pronouns only has got one from, which is not further inflected. Additionally, personal pronouns in Genitive can be put after the word they relate to.

External links[edit]

  • wir in Duden online

Middle High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German wir, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz.

Pronoun[edit]

wir

  1. we: nominative plural of ich

Descendants[edit]


Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīraz. Cognate with Middle Low German wīre, and related to late Old Norse víravirki (filigree work), Old High German wiara.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wīr m (nominative plural wīras)

  1. wire

Descendants[edit]


Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

wir

  1. simple past tense of be

Usage notes[edit]

Use wir with plural pronouns otherwise use wis.

See also[edit]