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The word you , and dutch synonyms.

I did some digging and found that dutch has at least 8 ways to say you. I might be wrong about some : u je jullie jij men jou ge gij

I know that some are probably antiquated. My question is , is this normal in dutch for other words? Does it have allot of synonyms? Thanks

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  • je - informal - unstressed - subject/object
  • jij - informal - stressed - subject
  • u - formal - subject/object
  • jullie - plural - subject/object
  • men - translates to one, though could be translated to you or they depending on context, and would be more of a general saying - subject/object
  • jou - object (stressed)

  • ge/gij - In the Netherlands generally considered archaic, in Belgium and some parts of the Netherlands still used (colloquially).

The main issue with you is that English only has one you whereas other languages like Dutch/German/French etc. have (to some extent) informal, plural, subject, object you.

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Thanks for the answer :)

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Does dutch have allot of words like that with lots of synonyms?

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I wouldn't really call them synonyms since their use is different in Dutch. It's just that English only uses one word to cover all of them.

Similar is in English you only have to know, whereas in Dutch you have weten (which more applies to having knowledge about something) and kennen (which more applies to being familiar with something). The same will be true the other way around for some words.

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Thanks. I was worried that there would be oodles of synonyms for everything. Dutch doesn't seem as daunting now.

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