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dumneavoastră

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Romanian

Etymology

domnia + voastră

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [dum.næ'vo̯as.trə]

Pronoun

dumneavoastră [[Category:Template:lang:ro personal pronouns|dumneavoastră]]

  1. you (singular and plural, polite)

Usage notes

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 sunteţi and voi sunteţi 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 tenses: nominative, accusative, genitive, etc.

See also

  • dumneata (less polite than dumneavoastră, but more polite than tu)
  • dvs. (abbreviated form)

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