How can We differentiate between (zijn = its ) and (zijn =his ) in this sentence, in english we said ( the cat drinks its water) mean cat water. (The cat drinks his water ) Mean some one water. In dutch its the same ?
"His" can still refer to the cat in English. Using "he" or "she" does not require referring to a human in English.
Got marked down for using a possessive apostrophe, when referring to water belonging to the cat. Ouch.
Because: "it's" = it is / it has. And "its" = shows possession of a thing to "it". Same as you don't use an apostrophe for "hers" or "his".
If "the cat drinks his water" is correct. The so should "the cat drinks her water", shouldn't it?
I thought that the word 'zijn' was translated to the word 'are'. This is confusing can someone clear this up for me please?
'zijn' – to be (verb infinitive)
'we/jullie/ze zijn' – we/you/they are (verb, plural)
'zijn water/...' – his/its water/... (pronoun)
'het haar' – the hair
'haar auto' – her car
The grammatical context tells you which is which. You can train yourself in looking out for the clues.