dumneavoastră

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From domnia, from domn, from Latin dominus (master) + voastră, from Latin voster (you).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [dumnæˈvwastrə]

Pronoun[edit]

dumneavoastră

  1. you (singular and plural, polite)

Usage notes[edit]

Dumneavoastră (abbreviated dvs.) is used in place of the informal tu and voi to show politeness and respect. Dumneavoastră always takes the second person plural conjugation of verbs, that is, the same conjugations as voi. For example, dumneavoastră sunteți and voi sunteți both mean "You are," but the former is polite and can take singular and plural meanings, whereas the second is informal and only used in the plural. Also, dumneavoastră is used in all cases: nominative, accusative, genitive, etc.

See also[edit]

  • dvs. (abbreviated form)