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Ze & Zij

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In Dutch: I would like to know in what cases you would use "ze" instead of "zij" when trying to say "she". Thanks.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
xMerrie
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You mind find this helpful. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WoogaGirl
WoogaGirl
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And I expect that "je" and "jij" are the same way too? It seems obvious, but I'm just making sure.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
xMerrie
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Yep, that's the same thing. Just like 'we' and 'wij', 'jou' and 'je, 'mij' and 'me'... ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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I am going to take a shot at it- someone please correct me if I'm wrong. As I understand it, use ZE (also for 'they') if you are not stressing 'she':

Ze leest.

Use ZIJ to stress 'she':

Ik lees maar ZIJ schrijft.

Hope this helps, Cheers!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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Yup, that is correct.

Ze = unstressed version of 'zij'. Means the same as 'zij'.

Zij = stressed version of she, or 'they'.

Zij lezen een boek = they read a book
Zij leest een boek = she reads a book

Ze leest een boek = she reads a book (you don't stress the fact that it's SHE who reads the book)
Ze lezen een boek = they read a book (same as above)

2 years ago
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