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"Zij ziet het meisje niet."

Translation:She does not see the girl.

August 6, 2014



How do I distinguish between Zij meaning she or they in this sentence?


The conjugation of the verb.

"Zij ziet" = "She sees"

"Zij zien" = "They see"


Thank you. I understand it now


Does "niet" always come at the end like this? Or at the end of a phrase or something? Word order is shaping up to be my biggest struggle with Dutch, I'm afraid.


Here is the grammar section for duolingo's Dutch course. The 4th item is about word order. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732817


Thanks! In most of the sample sentences in that section, the "niet" comes right after the verb. Why is it different in this case? (“Hij lacht niet"... "“Zij weet niet"...etc.) Does it have a specific rule? Perhaps I am just missing it in the grammar thread. :(


The 5th item is about "niet" and "geen" specifically. I think that often "niet" is used to negate the whole sentence or thought or the verb. The object is then complementing the verb and "niet comes after it and even any adverbs as well, but before any second part of a verb which would be at the end of a sentence. When you want to negate a particular adjective, adverb or noun that is used with a definite article then "niet" comes before the item to be negated in which case you are stressing NOT that item being negated but some other - yes.

Please scroll down to see all the examples and you will see some with pronouns used as direct objects and even a noun used as a direct object. Naturally, if there are no adjectives, adverbs or nouns after the verb, then "niet" is seen right after the verb and that happens to be the end of the sentence. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3734833


Thank you, that clears it up pretty well.


This sounds like <ze> rather than <zij> to me. I wrote "ze ziet het meisje niet" and had it marked wrong. The difference seems very subtle.


It's indeed not the best pronunciation of zij, but to me it's clearly zij and not ze.


How would you say 'he' then? I thought zij worked for 'he' as well

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