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"Are you the mayor?"

Translation:Bent u de burgemeester?

August 30, 2014



speaking to a mayor, should one not use the formal form? It was accepted, but it was not included under 'hover'.


Yes, I think Bent u de burgemeester? should be the preferred translation.


Depends on the mayor. I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face zeggen u to Boris Jonson.


Note that the hover hints are not specific to each sentence, they are shared for each word among all sentences. So we can't give a different hint for "you" in this sentence.


Normally, you'd be respectful of a person that may be the "burgemeester", so I think generally speaking, we should go for the "u", just to be sure.

Caution is the way, when you are in a foreign country.


Thank you very much!


What is the current status of "is u" -- that is, using third-person verb with "u"? Wasn't it once correct? Is that now obsolete?


Why "Zijn jullie de burgemeester?" was not acceptable?


Because you're asking a group of people if they're the mayor, whereas mayor in this sentence is singular. "ben jij/bent u" works better as you're asking specifically if the person you're talking to is the mayor, rather than a collective group of people.


I typed "Ben jej de burgemeester?", and it says I have a typo and the correct answer is "Ben je de burgemeester?". Why is "jej" no accepted in this case?


Because it's either je or jij, not jej.


Oh god. That's... obviously right! Thanks. I guess studying too many languages at the same time doesn't work well for me :)


why can i say " bent u burgemeester?" isn't the rule to omit the article for jobs?


It is when you are talking about a profession as such that you omit the article. But here you are talking not about being a mayor as a profession, but rather you are asking who is the mayor of a specific place.

Notice that it is usually the indefinite article (not the definite) that gets omitted. So, for example, you would not translate the "A" in the following English sentences, but you would translate the THE:
I want to be A scientist when I grow up.
I want to be the mayor of Minneaapolis when I grow up.

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