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Can 'hij' be alternatively spelled as 'he'?

I've noticed that the words for me, you, she, we and they (me, je, ze, we) can all be spelled with an -ij ending (mij, jij, zij, wij) but 'hij' doesn't seem to be able to. I know when -ij and -e are meant to be used, so I don't know why 'hij' doesn't follow those rules.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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'Hij' is sometimes pronounced as 'ie. But this is barely used in writing (and avoided in formal writing).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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Exactly, I was going to add that, but you beat me to it. :-D
I have only seen it used when the verb goes first. Usually it is written with an accent (gaat 'ie?), to mark the dropped 'h', but sometimes it is connected to the verb with a hyphen (cfr. the former game show Doet-ie 't of doet-ie 't niet?).
(You'll also notice that het sometimes is shortened to 't...). :-)

2 years ago

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Yep! And 'ik' to 'k... ;)

2 years ago

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Hij can not be spelled or pronounced as he.
But you can pronounce 'zijn' with a soft e, it's written z'n, then. (Also: mijn & m'n.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MouPeMantissa

Thanks, take two lingots.

2 years ago
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