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Emphasized pronouns?

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in the very first section there's the bit about how ze, we, and je are unemphasized and zij, wij, and jij are emphasized, but there's no explanation for what that MEANS.

When would I use, say, zij vs. ze?

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
xMerrie
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It means that that word is the "most important" one in the sentence.

  • Zij heeft een huis. - She has a house. (and I don't (e.g.))
  • Ze heeft een huis. - She has a house. (and not an aparment (e.g.))

The unemphasized pronoun is used most. Most of the time, these are interchangeable. There are some exceptions, for example in sentences like these:

  • Ik heb een hond, maar zij niet. - I have a dog, but she does not have one.
  • Jullie drinken bier en wij drinken wijn. - You guys drink beer and we drink wine.
  • Hij is een man en jij ook. - He is a man, and you are as well.
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https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer
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I know it (when I would use 'zij'). But she doesn't (know it).

Ik weet het. Maar ZIJ niet.

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Reply1 year ago