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‘ze’ or ‘ze’ she or they

[deactivated user]

    I just started the Questions skill in Dutch (I’m new to Duolingo) and I couldn’t figure out how I’m supposed to know the difference between ‘ze’ in one question and ‘ze’ in another.

    The sentences I’m struggling with are:

    “Eten ze (they) geen brood?”
    “Drinkt ze (she) geen melk?”

    Is there any distinction between them?

    April 2, 2018

    8 Comments


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/owlhell

    The verbs tell them apart. For example:

    Ze hebben honden = They have dogs.

    Ze heeft honden = She has dogs.

    Hebben ze honden = do they have dogs?

    Heeft ze honden = does she have dogs?

    For the sentences, you gave "Eten ze geen brood?" = Do they not eat bread/Don't they eat bread? Eten is a plural conjugation for plural pronouns (wij/we, zij/ze (they), jullie).

    "Drinkt ze geen melk" = doesn't she drink milk/does she not drink milk? Drinkt is a singular conjugation (jij/je, u, hij, zij/ze, het).


    [deactivated user]

      Thank you so much! I was starting to figure it out but this clears it up, thanks!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KnightsPawn

      Also, when "ze" is the object of a sentence, it always means "them", because "haar" would replace "ze" if a female were the object.

      Example:

      Ik zie haar. (I see her)

      Ik zie ze. (I see them)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyzzminda

      Ahh thank you for this, it has really helped me too!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

      The verb tells you whether it is singular or plural (eet/eten, drinkt/drinken).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adevos2001

      holy moly bro you learn so many languages


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FreekVerkerk

      Like in english you understand the difference from the verb. She drinkS and they drink().


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beth721137

      Look at how the verb is conjugated. Eten is plural, so ze means they. Drinkt is singular, so ze means she. (I'm new to Dutch, too. I'm 99% that's correct)

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