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‘ze’ or ‘ze’ she or they

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?

4 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/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).

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chistopher580771

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

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyzzminda

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

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
garpike
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The verb tells you whether it is singular or plural (eet/eten, drinkt/drinken).

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ADVoscience

holy moly bro you learn so many languages

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreekVerkerk
FreekVerkerk
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Like in english you understand the difference from the verb. She drinkS and they drink().

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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)

4 months ago