"Does she write such a thing?"
Translation:Schrijft zij zoiets?
Not really, when you're speaking about 'een ding' in Dutch, you really mean something you can hold in your hands and you cannot physically hold words so 'zo'n ding' is in this case no good translation for 'such a thing'. (In other sentences when it could work)
I wrote "Schrijft zij zo'n dingen?" and I am a native Fleming!!! It says it's wrong, but you can actually use it. But it has to be plural 'dingen' and not 'ding'. However to be honest, it's more common to use "zoiets". That doesn't mean it's wrong!
I don't know if that's a Belgian thing, but in Holland zo'n dingen is gramatically wrong, it should be zulke dingen
Yup, that's a Belgian thing. But I think it's more spoken language. 'zulke dingen' or 'zoiets/iets dergelijks' or ... is more "regular" Dutch (and more common used). I actually don't even know whether it is grammatically correct, I just use it quiet often. :)
As a German speaker I expect you can use it, but here you would need the indefinite article or have to put it in the plural.
Update: Meanwhile someone else got a reaction from a Dutch speaker. Apparently it's wrong, after all.
I wrote "zulk een ding" and it was not accepted. Not sure if it is correct though.
I found plenty of Google hits for "zulk een ding" and next to none for "een zulk[e] ding". (In German both word orders are correct.)
Quiten88612 replied to a similar question above - thank you!
"Not really, when you're speaking about 'een ding' in Dutch, you really mean something you can hold in your hands and you cannot physically hold words so 'zo'n ding' is in this case no good translation for 'such a thing'. (In other sentences when it could work)"
Why can't I say "Zoiets schrijft ze" ...does the word order change this sentence?
Did you miss the question mark? In normal yes or no questions the verb comes first - just like in English.
A general principle of V2 word order (of which English has some remnants) is that you start every sentence with whatever is most important. In a question that's what you want clarity about - usually either a question word (wh...) or the verb.