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"De jongens en de meisjes lezen een boek."

Translation:The boys and the girls read a book.

November 7, 2014



Would native Dutch speakers normally use both articles in this sentance (the boys and the girls), or would they drop the second as we often do in English? (the boys and girls)


I second this question; it was marked as wrong when I wrote it like this


Same here. And when i was listening to the voice it almost sounded like the second 'de' was dropped. Almost.


Why is it an incorrect translation to say "The boys and girls read a book"? The second "the" is completely unnecessary and very awkward in English.


Am I right that "the girl" is "het meisje" while "the girls" is "de meisjes"?


I believe so, since "de" is used for more than one ;p


Yep, there is no plural of 'het', it's always 'de' :)


I'm struggling with the different tenses of the word for "read". Does anyone have a guide?


In present tense lezen is regular, only the singe/double e and the s/z change because of standard spelling rules. Since you're asking your question pretty early in the tree I assume you have issues with the spelling, not with the different tenses, these are the conjugations of lezen in the present tense:

  • ik lees
  • jij/u leest (lees jij)
  • zij/hij/het leest
  • wij lezen
  • jullie lezen
  • zij lezen

However, if you're having issues with tenses: in the past tense lezen is irregular see here (you have to enter lezen in the text box and press "go").


Thanks! This is very helpful. Specially the link you have shared for the tense.


For me it accepted "De joengens ..." which is a big mistake. "Jongens" is "the boys", when joengens has no meaning


Hi csaba828820,

The algorithm accepts sentences containing one typo, as long as it doesn't change the word into another existing word.

Hope this helps.


When do you use "het" and when do you use "de"? I always get that confused.

Usually in Duolingo it's "Het meisje" but in this case it's "de meisjes"?


Was confused once, twice, thrice but then something happened den den deeeen! Whammo


The abswer inwrote was the same answer as you said but mine was wrong

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