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Ben or Bent?

ColePapa
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If I were to say "You are a apple" would it be "Jij bent een appel" or would it be Jij ben een appel"?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
Jersebas
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It would be "Jij bent een appel" (see http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/Dutch/zijn.html for the conjugation). Pay attention though: if you ask somebody whether they are an apple it is "Ben jij een appel?" without the t

*you are an apple ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColePapa
ColePapa
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Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosAndreMor
CarlosAndreMor
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The answer is you can use both, but you have to follow the rules! I explain: when you have to put the verb before jij/je you use BEN . ex, in questions: Ben jij de ober? (Are you the waiter?) Ben jij zijn zus? (Are you his sister?). But, you use BENT when the verb comes after jij/je : Jij bent de ober. Jij bent zijn zus. There are other situations when the verb comes before jij/je, when you use an adverb of time before it , for example: Vandaag ben jij de zinger. (Today you are the singer.) But: Jij bent de zinger vandaag (You are the singer today). The sentence you mentioned: Jij bent een appel. Ben jij een appel? Good luck and keep it up, my friend! (there are other rules of the position of words and they are very important to make sense in Dutch)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vincent3546

ik - ben jij - bent
but if you were asking a question you say 'ben jij' im not sure if the same rules apply for 'u' though

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
Jersebas
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No it doesn't... It is u bent ... and also bent u ...?"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColePapa
ColePapa
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Thanks for all of your answers. :D

1 year ago
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