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"Is dat een meer of een zee?"

Translation:Is that a lake or a sea?

10 months ago

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Grammatically speaking, we dint usually say 'a' sea but 'the sea'.

10 months ago

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I really had the impression in the Netherlands that 'zee' was referring to the body of salt water off the coast, not necessarily a "sea" as opposed to an "ocean". In everyday English, the two are interchangeable; is that not the case in Dutch?

10 months ago

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Maybe nice to know: The sea near the coast of the Netherlands is the Northsea (Noordzee). In former days we had also a Southsea (Zuiderzee). In 1923-1933 we built a big seadike (de afsluitdijk) with a length of 32,5 km in the north of our country. The "Zuiderzee" is called from then "IJsselmeer". I think that is the background of the question.

8 months ago

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I think the distinction is the same, an ocean has its own circulation. And a sea is part of a continent. Further, a sea is "small" and an Ocean is "big"

10 months ago