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"Hebben zij een geslacht?"

Translation:Do they have a gender?

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3 years ago

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/aavian
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Would this kind of sentence be appropriate if you're asking about someone's (a third party, considering the "they") pronouns, in terms of gender? Or would it be rather blunt?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/izzysaurus

I'm curious too.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlastairHaigh

Ultra-progressive!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

In German we refer to neutral/masculine/feminine as a "geschlecht"... can that be done in Dutch to? Like "wat is de geslacht van huis" or something?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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Yes, it can also refer to grammatical gender.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thraenthraen
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Does this mean zij/they can be used as a singular, gender-neutral, third-person pronoun in Dutch? Or is the "zij" in this sentence definitely plural?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcentgraf

It has to be plural, because of the conjugation of "hebben". If zij was singular (meaning "she"), the verb would be "heeft".

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slee22015
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I believe u/thraenthraen was asking whether or not 'zij' is used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun like 'they' is sometimes in English (to the disdain of some – not me though), with plural conjugation, and singular conjugation if you're just referring to them by their names. If you don't know, this is a pretty good explanation of the phenomenon in English.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yurell
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I have some agender friends who would be ecstatic that this is in the course

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ImmyStege
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I am dutch and I had to listen to the slowtalk to understand this sentence. It is a really weird thing to ask, especially because of the different meanings of 'geslacht' in dutch. Besides, they always have a gender, no matter who or what 'they' is.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judi.MD

Sorry, not most bacteria. Perfectly valid sentence to ask while looking through a microscope, to help identify type. (Welcome to my world...)

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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Not necessarily, I recommend reading about agender people.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MisterDario

When would you use this phrase? If we find alien life, or if we create robots that can think on their own.

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbunPang
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Is it possible to distinguish between gender and sex in Dutch?

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Harpa711886

Interesting question, because in German, we don't really have the possibility to distinguish between those two. That's why I had difficulties in the beginning to understand the concept of "gender", because it does not really exist in my language.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/baerghest
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In Danish, this is done with modifiers: "biologisk køn" (sex) and "socialt køn" (gender). I imagine this could be done in Dutch, too.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbunPang
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Yeah, same in German. I was just wondering if maybe Dutch had a more elegant way – especially seeing as the Netherlands tend to be at the forefront in terms of Queer rights.

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Reply1 year ago