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Dutch - Distinguishing between 'They' and 'She'

Hello, as the title suggests, I seem to be having issues distinguishing between They and She in Dutch. When I hear or see them, they both sound and look the same, as zij / zej. I was wondering if I'm just getting confused, or if there is a method to tell them apart easier.

1 year ago

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You need to use the same words for both. You just need to see from the context of the sentence which it is when. Maybe this thread will help :)

Look also at the 'Top all Time' in the English to Dutch discussion forum for more comprehensible and convenient explanations of weird dutch language stuff.

1 year ago

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Thank you so much! I had a look at that thread and it clarified things! Thank you once again!

1 year ago

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They do both sound and look the same. The meaning is going to come from context. Look at the main (active) verb and it will tell you which meaning is intended. EX:

Zij (ze) is = she is // Zij (ze) zijn = they are

Zij heeft = she has // Zij hebben = they have

For regular verbs:

Zij fietst = she bikes // Zij fietsen = they bike

1 year ago

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Wow, this really helped! Thank you so much, essentially solved the problem I was having!

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You're welcome! Glad to help.

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