"The menus are good."
Translation:De menu's zijn goed.
Actually, no one really knows what the grocer's apostrophe indicates. It's certainly not possession. I was hoping that some of the Duolingo users would offer their strongly-held opinions on the matter.
By the way, I appreciate your frequent posts helping us with the tricky aspects of the Dutch language.
I reckon it indicates ignorance of English grammar! BTW Grocer's or grocers' depending on whether it alludes to one or more grocers. (One grocer, two grocer's ?????!!!!) Could we invent perhaps a collective noun for grocers? i.e. "An apostrophe of grocers" c.f. A pride of lions, a sentence of judges (really!), a shower of meteorologists.
To answer my own question, a year later, for newer students:
'Bent' is the singular 2nd form of "to be", you'd use it when saying 'you are' (jij/je bent), so it wouldn't work here.
'Zijn', in this case, is also a form of 'to be', and since we're talking about more than one menu, zijn should be used.
Conjugation of 'to be': Ik BEN, Jij BENT, Hij/Zij/Het IS, Wij ZIJN, Jullie ZIJN, Zij ZIJN
I laughed just now when I saw I got this wrong last year but it just goes to show you how practice make perfect. Still have a ton to learn though...
Have a read through this topic that gives some general rules on when to use which (though as with any rules there are some exceptions: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732938). Some find these rules helpful, others conclude for themselves it will just be a matter of memorising.
Though in short (which always applies)
- Plurals always use de
- Diminutives (singular) always use het
- Plural diminutives are still plural and hence use de
Therefore in this sentence menus is plural, hence you have to use de.
For a menu to be lekker, you're have to dip it in the sauce, lick it, and find it tasty. The dutch and the dutch language tend to be very literal (except for fanciful figures of speech and aphorisms, of which there are many); the dishes on the menu can sound tasty, but the menu itself can't be tasty.