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"Ben jij..." Clarification Question

I want to make sure I'm understanding this properly...

For only jij/je (second person singular) you drop the -t on the end of the conjugated verb if the verb comes before the subject.

So...

"Ben jij dood?" "Heb jij een abortus?"

And is this only in present tense?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

It's actually jij in Dutch, not jej :)

These two grammar explanation threads should help you though: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3734337

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3733010 (especially point 2 in regards to inversion).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Sorry, I fixed it. I know it is jij, IDK why I put jej. Probably because jej sounds more like jij when pronounced in German lol.

Still, neither of those answer my question. Do you drop the -t on bent (so it becomes ben) when it comes before the subject? Like "Ben jij een schildpad?" as opposed to "Bent jij een schildpad?"

4 years ago

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Yep, that's right. If "jij" or "je" comes after the verb, then the verb uses the ik-form (i.e. without the -t).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Dank je wel! :)

4 years ago
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