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What's the difference between zij and ze?

2 years ago

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One is stressed and the other one isn't. I don't know how to exactly explain it but from what I have learned you use zij when you want to emphasise the subject meanwhile ze is used when you emphasise a different part of the sentence. Don't trust me 100 percent on that but you might get an idea at least.

2 years ago

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Ok thanks!

2 years ago

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Please, here is some better explanation: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=583

2 years ago

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Oh thank you very much

2 years ago

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A further addition. If you refer to objects in plural you always must use 'ze'. You cannot use 'zij'. E.g. Waar liggen de boeken? - Ze liggen op tafel. (Where are the books - They are on the table)

2 years ago
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