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"The girls read the newspaper."

Translation:De meisjes lezen de krant.

September 17, 2014



What is the difference between de and het


De is for feminine and masculine words, het for neuter words. More explanation on articles here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732938


But in singular, you don't say 'de meisje', but 'het meisje'.... I'm a bit confused here


Normally the grammatical gender of words will indeed match their natural gender. But diminutives are an exception, these are always neuter, e.g.:

  • de meid
  • het meisje
  • de vrouw
  • het vrouwtje
  • de man
  • het mannetje

Also see the explanation in the link in my post above.


Ok so i just learned this, words ending in je will be exceptions and use het, like het meisje. But side not plurals will use De too so..


I don't understand why meisjes sometimes is de or het


Why is meisjes de all of a sudden??? They could have told us :/


Because it's plural. Het meisje, de meisjes.


They did, in the very first lesson actually.

Be sure to always read the tips. Reread if you have to. It saves a lot of questions (and other people having to answer them)

Also read the threads and other peoples questions. Some questions have literally been asked 30 times on a single thread. (And not just on that thread, the next thread it is the same questions all over again)

For people on the app, switch to website. The tis arent available on the app. And on the website no commercials or punishment for errors, no heartsystem.


Why is it de krant, not het krant? I thought het was used for neuter words and a newspaper is neuter, right?


Where did you read krant was neuter, or did you make that up yourself? (Many people seem to do that on this course for some reason..)

Krant is feminine so it will always use de (unless you change the noun into a diminutive all dominutives use het. )

If you don't know the gender of a noun check wiktionary. They will always say feminine masculine or neuter

(Don't use random other sites that claim they can tell you the article you need, so far I've only seen sites mentioned that make a mess of things and when trying a search myself I came across many bad sites. So stick to wiktionary, haven't found a single mistake regarding the gender. Also the site from taalunie basically the institution with the last say about the language (language union) I think that would be woordenlijst.org those are the only two I would call reliable in this matter (definitions on wiktio are only a rough guideline imo )


Yes, but the thing with Dutch is that there's not always a reason why a word has either het or de. So it's more learning as most of them are "irregular".


Why lezen and not leest


The verb conjugation of lezen:

  • ik lees = I read
  • jij/u leest = you read (singular)
  • zij/hij/het leest = she/he/it reads
  • wij lezen = we read
  • jullie lezen = you read (plural)
  • zij lezen = they read


Hi, I'm not really understanding the verb 'to read', could somebody tell me how it goes please? Sorry.


infinitief: lezen

ik lees jij leest hij/zij/het leest wij lezen jullie lezen zij lezen


Ik lees... Je/Jij leest... Hij leest... Ze/Zij leest... Het leest... We/Wij lezen... Zij lezen... Jullie lezen.


why is girl in dutch so complicated? its like mesije or something like that


Why isn't the word krant used?

  • de krant
  • het dagblad / nieuwsblad


I dont understand why it is DE woorden? Like the other comment. Isn't it a neuter word and is therefore Het woorden?


What made you think it is neuter? The noun krant is feminine


when are "lezen", "lazen", and "voorlazen" used differently? are there special cases for them or is this a conjugation question?

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    It is 'lazen voor' though, because 'voor' is a preposition only the infinite is one word (voorlezen) all the others it is two: Ik lees voor, ik las voor Je leest voor, je las voor Hij/zij/het leest voor, hij/zij/het las voor Wij lezen voor, wij lazen voor Jullie lezen voor, julie lazen voor Zij lezen voor, zij lazen voor Lezen/leest/lezen is present tense, while las/lazen is past tense. 'Lezen' is 'read' , and 'voorlezen' is something like 'read to'.


    It's conjugation indeed. See my reply LadiiA. Next to that voorlezen is a different verb, it means to read out loud to someone.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it, you'll learn about it later. Lazen and voorlazen are in the past tense.


    is it also correct to say De meisjes de krant lezen? I feels wierd to me now but just to be sure! also Is it ONLY when you have 2 verbs that a verb ends a sentence? Please Clarify!



    No, the main verb generally comes second in a sentence: De meisjes lezen.


    you've been so helpful thank you!


    why de krant and not het (gender neutral) krant?


    Why would it be neuter?

    Krant is a feminine noun and therefor uses de


    Hi GaelicGirl2,

    I thought it's neuter because krant = newspaper = no gender (in my language at least I think). Kindly advise why it is a feminine noun. It might be a feminine noun in Dutch but I don't know that.

    To remember it is "de" krant, I try to memorise and think it as "it is de because newspaper comes from trees" and de is for trees lol (according to tips section). Also because tips section says Dutch speakers don't think about the gender of a word and suggest we remember whether het/de.

    Would like your inputs. Thanks. :)

    *edit: I chanced upon your comment on checking the gender on Wiktionary. Will do that, though it would be interesting to know why krant is feminine, like some history/origin lesson.


    I'm too stupid for de and het!!! I'm going to throw my phone off the balcony!


    There are only two options. Just learn them as part of the word, since they basicly are. Don't learn "huis", but learn "het huis"

    • All plurals use de
    • All diminutives use het

    So het huis will always be het huis, the genders are fixed with the noun, but as said above when the noun changes into plural of diminutive you get

    De huizen (plural)
    Het huisje (diminutive)


    Why is it nieuwsblad?


    De or het, that is the question, sir. Shakespeare


    Didn't even see the word dagblad until now, oh well...


    when is it "lezen" and when is it "lees"?

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      'Lezen' is plural, while 'lees' is singular. So it is 'ik lees' (I read), but 'wij lezen' (we read). 'Wij' can be 'wij/we/jullie etc..


      Shouldn't it be het meisjes?


      Plural always gets de


      How to find difference between lees leest and lazen ???


      is the r in krant totally silent?


      Not totally but nearly. After let let air through after the k you slightly nearly close the gap again.

      Another way to get/practice the sound is take a deep breath and just do a very long kkkkkkkkkkkk and, before you run out of breath, make air go through faster in a sudden burst.

      (Extra info; in some areas of the netherlands the use a different r. Like kgrgrgrrgrant where everything vibrates)

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