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Hoi!

In the sentence dat is rijst, why is dat used instead of die?. On the Dutch grammar Wikipedia page, it says that dat is used with neuter singular nouns, and die is for common singular nouns.

Is there something I'm missing?

4 months ago

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El2theK
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True, you use dat when het is used and die when de is used.

Since it in Dutch is het, it becomes dat is rijst

  • de rijst - die rijst
  • het hout - dat hout
  • het is hout - dat is hout
  • het is rijst - dat is rijst
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Thanks:) I still don't understand why it isn't die is rijst instead of dat is rijst.

4 months ago

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Because dat replaces het. And het can be the subject of a sentence, but not de.

  • het is rijst

Not

  • de is rijst
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Ah, ok. That makes sense:) Thanks!

4 months ago

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Also this works with plurals too: Dat zijn mensen = 'Those are people'

4 months ago