"De boeken zijn licht."

Translation:The books are light.

August 16, 2014



In the Tips it states that the plural always gets the ''e''. Given books is plural why is licht the correct answer?

August 16, 2014


That only applies to adjectives that come before the noun. So e.g. De lichte boeken. Predicate adjectives never get the -e ending.

Predicate adjectives are adjectives that follow a linking verb like “to be” that describe the subject, e.g. De boeken zijn licht.

See full explanation here. Some examples:

Het woorden:

  • de lichte boeken - de boeken zijn licht
  • lichte boeken - boeken zijn licht
  • het lichte boek - het boek is licht
  • een licht boek - een boek is licht

De woorden:

  • de lichte mannen - de mannen zijn licht
  • lichte mannen - mannen zijn licht
  • de lichte man - de man is licht
  • een lichte man - een man is licht
August 16, 2014


Ah, that's where I misunderstood. Thanks much for the explanation!

August 17, 2014


Could this also be "easy"? (such as "leicht" in German)

August 26, 2014


No, easy is 'makkelijk' in Dutch.

August 28, 2014


How interesting. In Swedish lätt (licht)=easy; light and svår(zwaar)=difficult. But in Dutch it's the opposite with licht(lätt)=light and zwaar(svår)=difficult; heavy.

January 12, 2015


Dutch doesn't have different words for luminous and weighing very little. They both are "licht".

June 19, 2019


Shouldn't "lightweight" also be a valid translation for "licht"?

April 7, 2015


then it would be something like "licht van gewicht" "light weighted/light of weight"

October 28, 2015


My problem as well, sounds like a valid English translation for it!

April 8, 2015


"lichtgewicht" (lightweight) is relative. You can choose a lightweight book from the class of square meter books, but that doesn't mean you can easily carry it around. All square meter books are heavy, this is just a lightweight among them.

"Licht" (light) is absolute: You might be carrying the heaviest 5cm miniature, but 5cm miniatures aren't that heavy a load.

June 19, 2019


Is it always "de" before a plural? Because the singular is "het boek" isn't it?

August 29, 2015


Plurals are always de

October 28, 2015
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