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"I am a woman."

Translation:Ik ben een vrouw.

July 17, 2014



I've noticed that in Dutch we can say "Ik ben een man" as well as "Ik ben een vrouw". Unlike ein/eine in German, is "een" used in Dutch for both genders of the noun?


Yes indeed. Just like in English "a" is also for any gender.


Does that mean there is absolutely no female, male or neuter?


Good question. There are three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. However, in standard Dutch, no distinction is really made between masculine and feminine. Those genders have merged to become "de" (for the definite article). The neuter definite article is "het". Belgian speakers of Dutch do generally make this distinction though.


What Sven sais is correct. Also the neuter indefinite article is the same "Ik ben een kind." And BTW you can regard masculine and feminine as one gender (de words), only in a few rare cases (don't worry about them as a beginner, FYI many native speakers also go wrong is those rare cases) there is some difference.


Thank you so much. As a native English speaker this is the first non Asian language I've come across that doesn't have strict gender based grammar.


What is the difference between ben and bent?


Ben is used with "ik" (=I) and bent is used with "jij" (=you) so its similiair to I am = Ik ben and you are = Jij bent


There is an annoying exception though, when ben(t) comes before jij rather than after (for instance in a question) you also drop the t, so Ik ben een vrouw. Ben ik een vrouw? Jij bent een vrouw. Ben jij een vrouw? U bent een vrouw. Bent u een vrouw?

(U is a formal you whereas jij/je is an informal you)

This structure is true for most verbs. For most verbs they will have a infinitive ('hele werkwoord') form that looks like stem+en (stam+en) (although there are exceptions and cases where the stem ends up with a double consonant so one of them is dropped if you use the stem in other cases such as the stem of likken is lik not likk, there are also cases where the spelling of the infinitive has a long vowel sound that would get lost by just taking away the -en, so for instance the stem of lopen becomes loop rather than lop to preserve the long vowel sound, and some verbs are irregular and just have a stem that is unrelated to the infinitve in spelling), and using that stem (stam) we can derive:

Ik stam Jij/je stam+t U stam+t Stam ik? Stam jij/je? Stam+t u?

For regular verbs, the pattern continues Hij/zij stam+t Stam+t hij/zij?

For irregular verbs, such as 'to be' (zijn) it doesnt really follow a pattern and you just need to know it; the stem to use for the ik en jij is ben as we've already seen above, but for he/she we use 'is' so Hij is een man. Is hij een man? Zij is een vrouw. Is zij een vrouw?

For plural (both regular and irregular), the infinitive is used.


Ben is am and bent is are


Ben = am

Bent = art (thou art)/are (you are, singular).

The forms 'ben' and 'bent' belong to the same verb family as English 'to be', ik ben = I be; jij bent = thou bist (now archaic, identical to German 'du bist'). The Dutch has just been standardised.


I saw in another comment how "ik' can be used for any gender. Is this the same for the dutch translation of "the"?


Whether you use "de" or "het" depends on the gender of the word. You pretty much just need to remember whether a word is a "het-word" or a "de-word" to figure out which one to use.


whats with definite articles in dutch? I'm confused.


Dutch only has three articles: 'de', 'het', and 'een'. 'een' is indefinite, and 'de' and 'het' are both definite. There aren't specific rules for those. You really have to learn and remember which one to use for which word. 'Het huis' (the house), 'de boot' (the boat). It's difficult for foreigners to get their heads around :P


what´s the diference between mevrouw en vrouw?


Mevrouw is Mrs. and Vrouw is woman


I didn't took the answer because I forgot to delete the space between "Ben" and "een" >


what is the difference between en and een in this situation


As i know "En" = "and / und (in german)" while "Een" = "a/an / eine, eine in german)"


Im constantly getting confused with ben and bent.... Help please


I am = ik ben You are = jij bent

Am i ? = ben ik ? Are you? = ben jij?


ik ben=i am, jij bent=you are , ben is for first person and bent is for second person.


By now you won't need help, I'm sure, but this might be of interest to others. It seems to me that for those of us who have done some German there's a similar pattern to help us: ich bin/ik ben --- du bist/jij bent (the verb form ends in "t" in both languages) ...


Diference between "bent" and "ben"?


Ben = am

Bent = art (thou art)/are (you are, singular).

The forms 'ben' and 'bent' belong to the same verb family as English 'to be', ik ben = I be; jij bent = thou bist (now archaic, identical to German 'du bist'). The Dutch has just been standardised.


What is the difference between using en and ben?


En = And Ik ben = I am


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