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The use of 'Je'

What is the difference bewteen 'Jij' and 'Je'? How should they be used in a sentence?

January 2, 2015



In addition to the above, I'd add that 'je' is unique in that it's also frequently used as an (unstressed) alternative to the possessive 'jouw'. (Je/jouw is an informal 'your'.) It can also mean 'yourself'.

This can result in sentences containing a double 'je', each with a different meaning:

  • Ben je van je fiets gevallen? (Did you fall off your bicycle?)
  • Je weet nu dus dat op je hoofd vallen geen pretje is. (So now you know that landing on your head is no fun.)
  • Kun je je de val herinneren? (Do you remember falling?)
  • Hopelijk had je wel je helm op! (I hope you did wear your helmet!)


Hi hanbanan,

Basically it is the same, but jij is a bit more emphasized. I could point my finger to someone using 'jij'. Or when I'm accusing someone for something, like "JIJ hebt het gedaan" (YOU did it).

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