"De jongens en de meisjes lezen een boek."

Translation:The boys and the girls read a book.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JamesLindg2

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)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kubaes
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I second this question; it was marked as wrong when I wrote it like this

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thalass
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Am I right that "the girl" is "het meisje" while "the girls" is "de meisjes"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolz99
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I believe so, since "de" is used for more than one ;p

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lukas756308

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

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jap0962
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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.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxn-
vxn-
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I'm struggling with the different tenses of the word for "read". Does anyone have a guide?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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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").

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amit_ax

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

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Twizzler787

Wow okay I can see why almost no foreigner can perfect a Dutch accent :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rivka596170

It said that I was wrong, but it shows that I was right.

4 weeks ago
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