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Elke vs Ledere

tommy1992
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Hi Guys, I was wondering what is the difference between Elk(e) and Leder(e). I thought that elke was for inanimate and ledere for animate nouns, but I found this sentence: "Ieder pak is dour". Can I use both in every situation? Bedankt!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
Jersebas
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First of all, it's "ieder" and not "leder" ;)

As to your question, they're synonyms so you can use them both: https://onzetaal.nl/taaladvies/advies/ieder-elk

Finally, I don't know where you found your example, but "dour" is not a Dutch word, I guess it should be "duur" meaning "expensive"?!?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multitaal
Multitaal
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Yes, elk and ieder are synonyms and interchangeable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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Not always though, 'ieder' is a bit more used or associated within the context of people, (ieder =/= every, iedereen = everyone) and 'elk' is more used when it's not people.

Though, they're indeed interchangeable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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It's just a matter of personal preference, it doesn't matter if it's about people or not.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

They're they same as each vs every in English, pretty much interchangeable: http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/vraag/253/elk_ieder/

I saw some Dutch lady on here argue once that there is a grammatical reason for which one to use and when, but her explanation was pretty confusing and seemed really nitpicky. I forget what it was because it doesn't really matter that much. Translate elk as each and ieder as every and if you ever have any question about if it sounds accurate to what you are trying to say, think about which one you'd use in English and use that one. It honestly doesn't matter though.

2 years ago
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