Liz A. Vogel (lizvogel) wrote in linguaphiles,
Liz A. Vogel

German informality

I need a bit of German help for a story I'm working on. When should two characters switch from the formal to the familiar form?

The context: Character A is 25, and speaks textbook-perfect German as one of her several second languages. Character B is 30-ish and speaks native Swiss German. Both are educated and cosmopolitan; the story is set in Zurich. During the course of the story, they meet and begin an affair. When would they be likely to switch from "Sie" to "du"? At the reception where they first meet (a black-tie event)? When B gives A her phone number? On their first date? Other?
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