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"Zij drinkt dure wijn."

Translation:She drinks expensive wine.

July 24, 2014



My god is everything fancy in Netherlands? I mean first a elephant drinks wine and eats cheese and now a socialite is drinking expensive wine? How much more extravagant can this place get?


You should visit ;)


how do you know when zij means her and not they?


You can tell whether zij means she or they based on what verb is used. For example:

  • "Zij drinkt dure wijn."

  • "Zij drinken dure wijn."

The first one would be she because the verb "drinkt" is used, whereas the second one would be they because the verb "drinken" is used. It just depends upon the conjugation.


Whats the difference between duur and dure?


"duur" is used when the adjective proceeds the noun or, in the case that it precedes the noun, if there is no definite article with a "het" word. In every other case "dure" is used. Some examples:

  • Wijn is duur.
  • Bier is duur.

In these cases the adjective proceeds the noun, so "duur" is used. Whether the noun is a "de" or "het" word does not matter in this case.

  • Zij drinkt dure wijn.
  • Hij drinkt duur bier.

In both of these examples the adjective precedes the noun, and there is no definite article. When this happens, "dure" is used with "de" words and "duur" is used with "het" words.

  • Zij drinkt de dure wijn.
  • Hij drinkt het dure bier.

In these examples the adjective precedes the noun, but there is a definite article. "dure" is used regardless of whether the noun is a "de" or "het" word.

These rules apply to most adjectives. You can find an explanation for this in the first adjectives skill. :)


Dank je well!


And of course it's cognate with the German 'teuer' (expensive). A consonant shift at work, people.

flaps away


Its the same as in english: she drinks, note the 's' and they drink.


Tsk, tsk. That's a zwakke vrouw.


Why not "Ze" instead of "Zij"?


Were u marked wrong for that or is it out of curiosity?


It shouldn't have been marked wrong if they wrote "ze," because both options are equally correct.


The woman pronounces the "r" in drinkt as r, but the man is more of a "gh" sound. Which is the real common form?


Im curious about this as well


I hate that the guy doesn't pronounce "dure" properly here. It came out as "duur." >:(


I get confused when to write dure or duur.


It has been explained very well by AlsEenPoffertje, scroll up a bit

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