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"They read the newspaper."

Translation:Zij lezen de krant.

July 18, 2014



How can you tell the difference between 'they read the newspaper' and 'she reads the newspaper' if zij is used for both? Does 'lezen' change to something else when it's meant to say 'she reads the newspaper'?


Yes, "lezen" is a plural form. See this brand new grammar page for some conjugation tables.

"She reads the newspaper" would be "Zij leest de krant".


So in the plural form, the verbs with double vowels loose one vowel? Is it a grammar rule? For example: eet/eten; leest/lezen; loop/lopen


That has to do with open and closed syllables. It happens not only in verbs, but also with adjectives and plural nouns. It is explained in the post on Dutch spelling.


I wrote Zij lezen het krant. which was incorrect. So I assume that ''krant'' is a de word?


See, Cheryl1, you cannot classify a noun (in Dutch) as - 'masuline', 'feminine' or 'neuter' just on the basis of what they mean in English. for example, It's 'Het miesje' even though 'meisje' = 'girl' which is a feminine. However, Dutch does not follow English grammar rules (obviously). That's why 'Het' is used with 'miesje'. The only way to remember the 'het' and 'de' words is only by experience and practice. Hope this helps :) Palaash


Exactly. It should be: Zij lezen de krant. (I made the same mistake.)


I wrote "Zij lezen het krant" and Duolingo says that I should have written "nieuswald"


That confused me too

  • De krant
  • Het nieuwsblad


I am still confused with de and het...

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    Dutch has three different genders for its nouns. Masculine and feminine nouns both use 'de' and neuter nouns use 'het'. There is no easy way to know which noun belongs to which gender. So when learning nouns, learn 'milk' as 'de melk'. Not just 'milk' as 'melk'.


    When do I use "krant" and when I should use "nieuwsblad" ? O.o


    What is the difference between Zij and Ze, when should you use either/or?


    Zij is the marked pronoun and ze is unmarked. Mostly it has to do with what you're giving emphasis to. If you say "Zij lezen de krant." (meaning they as opposed to me), then use zij, but if you're just saying that they're reading the newspaper and not putting emphasis on the fact that they're doing it and not someone else, then use ze. Does that help?


    What's the difference between lezen and lazen?


    Lezen = simple present Lazen = simple past

    In this case both are correct as in English they read is both used in the simple present and simple past.


    Can someone tell me whats the difference betaeen "Die Zeitung" and "De Krant"?


    The first one is german the second one is dutch :)


    Ha! I made the same error, but I actually debated between het krant and de krant, and ultimately made a conscious choice in favor of the wrong word. :-/


    Any tips on how to pronounce "krant"


    difference between ze ansd zij? het, du de? jij and je? thank-you


    ze vs zij and je vs jij are just neutral vs emphatic, nothing more.

    het vs de are different genders of the definite article "the", although all nouns take de in the plural, regardless whether they're het or de in the singular.

    I'm not sure du is Dutch. But if you're taking French, it's the mandatory contraction of de+le, which is "of the" or "some".


    When do we use 'de' and when do we use 'het'?



    Long story short, "de" is for singular common gender and all plurals and "het" is for singular neuter gender. Unfortunately, there really is no way other than rote memorization to know whether a singular noun is a "de" word or a "het" word.


    What's the difference between het and de?


    Have a look at the previous comments.

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