Time for a daily test, it would seem.
- Het jong van de havik kan niet zwemmen.
- De jongen van de eend kunnen wel zwemmen.
- De jongen van hiernaast kan niet vliegen.
- De jongens van de hele straat kunnen hardlopen.
Get a script to give you a random test of one sentence each day. That should help.
Well for one, the verb declination is a hint:
- hij zwemt
- de jongen zwemt
- jullie zwemmen
- jullie jongens zwemmen
As you can see by the last example this doesn't always help, but in case of the given sentence you can also guess it because zwemmen cannot have an object (you cannot swim someone), so jullie jongen has to be the subject. Also word order helps, the object doesn't come before the verb:
- jullie jongens slaan = your boys hit
- jullie slaan jongens = you hit boys
- jullie jongens slaan jongens = your boys hit boys
- slaan jullie jongens? In this case you cannot tell if it is written down. If it is spoken, you can only tell by the emphasis, it can be either your boys hit? (stress on jullie) or you hit boys? (stress on jongens)
- slaan jullie jongens jongens? = do your boys hit boys? ...jonge jonge wat een zin ;)
Of course girls can hit as well, but I was just building from the sentence that was given.
Actually it is. M'n jongen is my boy/my son.
Mijn meisjes=my girls=my daughters
The other way around doesn't work though. You might call random people son buy you can't just call someone zoon.
(Haha I always think in English when typing and suddenly the voice in my head was an American male haha. I think I got a flash of an image too, big mustache no beard blond and a hat, right of some movie set.)
Because that is zoon.
There is nothing that guarantees this is about your offspring. It could be about a sport game.
Or even a board game your guy swims but mine flies.
Or for some people their dog but I don't think you would use that in the 2nd person... but who knows. .. I've heard people say some weird sht to their dogs...