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Help dutch people LOL

Dear dutch people, your language is driving me crazy :)

Lmao im sorry but i have problem understanding this little word

So as i was studying the future ''zullen'' which i learnt it's not really used commonly? i found this example (Which created a new question for me)

Hij zal het waarschijnlijk (PROBABLY) morgen bekendmaken.
He will probably announce it tomorrow. Het zal morgen wel ( PROBABLY)weer regenen. It will probably rain again tomorrow. Je zult haar wel(PROBABLY) herkennen.
You will probably recognize her.

Why the heckkkk does the ''probably' word change? and doesn't ''wel'' mean ''well'' in english?

Thanks :D :( :') (going crazy)

1 year ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
Dutchesse722
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The verb 'zullen' is used in Dutch as an auxiliary verb for the future tense. So 'zullen' always supports another verb in a sentence. Using 'zullen' is equivalent to using 'will' in English, although it can also be used to mean 'going to' (gaan). In fact, 'gaan' is starting to replace 'zullen' more often in spoken Dutch.

"Hij zal het waarschijnlijk morgen bekendmaken" can also be said as "Hij gaat het waarschijnlijk morgen bekendmaken" or "He is probably going to announce it tomorrow." "Het zal morgen wel weer regenen" can also be said as "Het gaat morgen wel weer regenen" or It is probably going to rain again tomorrow.

As for your question why 'waarschijnlijk' (probably) is used in one sentence and 'wel' in another sentence, I think that is due to personal preference. 'Waarschijnlijk' always means 'probably', but 'wel' means 'well' when it is used as adjective. 'Wel' can mean probably, surely, sure thing, etc., when it is used as an adverb.

I hope this helps you! And if you see anything incorrect in my explanation, please let me know.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sannn87
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WELL, that answer is PROBABLY more helpfull. Thank you Dutchesse. I will delete my First comment because, although I tried really hard to help, I suck big time

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cam_and_Alex
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Hey, no! Every comment is useful! Your comment was still relevant and useful. You're great. =)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cam_and_Alex
Cam_and_Alex
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Awh. I prefer using "zullen" to "gaan" for an auxiliary in most cases, unless, of course, I'm using present progressive.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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I'm sure whichever one you use will be just fine :) As a native speaker, I don't really think about whether I should use zullen or gaan, of course, but I understand it's different when you're learning it as a foreign language. My response was based off of this article (in Dutch): http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/tekst/112/gaan_zullen_algemeen/.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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I saw (http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Verbs.Ir08) the past participle for zullen was gezuld, and despite it saying that it's rarely used, when would one use it? :P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Like, NEVER!!! :P What is 'gezuld' equivalent to in English? Have willed? Give me an example with that, and I'll reciprocate and get you a sentence with 'gezuld.' :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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I have no clue! I kept trying to think of one in both English and Dutch but nothing came up xD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yornn

I agree with Dutchesse. I've not even heard of the word gezuld haha.

In fact, the "Taalunie" doesn't even list gezuld (if it were there, it would have been listed as a "voltooid deelwoord"). See: http://woordenlijst.org/#/?q=zullen

Compare that to e.g. http://woordenlijst.org/#/?q=gaan that clearly lists gegaan. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lauraloxo

wow thank you sooo much!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sannn87
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I think the answer lies in the fact that 'je zult wel' or 'hij zal wel' implies 'waarschijnlijk'. You can leave the last word out, like: Hij zal het morgen wel bekend maken INSTEAD OFF Hij zal het waarschijnlijk morgen wel bekendmaken. Means the same thing. Wel can mean the same as thing as well, as in 'he feels well', however 'wel' can also means something like: certainly, indeed, surely, absolutely etc. I hope that helps.

1 year ago