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"We have plates."

Translation:We hebben borden.

January 12, 2015



Why cant you use platen in place of borden? Its the same thing


I cannot make out the difference on when to use Heeft & when to use Hebben


I think...

Hebben = for multiple people, such as wij

Heeft = for a single third person, such as hij


It's explained in one of the Basic lessons. In general the verb's infinitive form always ends with the -en ending. If you remove that suffix you get a stem. You use a stem of verb for 1-st person singular, stem with added -t for other singulars and the full infinitive (so with -en) for all plurals. There are some extra rules about vowel length and consonants doubling (or un-doubling to be more precise). So if you take the verb drinken your stem is drink. Thus you have ik drink (1-st person singular), je drinkt, hij drinkt (both singular and not 1-st person), we drinken, jullie drinken, zij drinken (all plurals). Yet the verb hebben is an irregular verb (one of just 6) so in 3-rd singular you get the irregular form heeft (other forms follow the regular rule except for u, but that one want covered yet)


I am curious about that one also. But seems it was listed in an earlier lesson and I've forgotten the rules.


What's the difference between We and Wij? Why we cannot use Wij here?


Wij has emphasis, we doesn't. If you have a type what you hear exercise, you have to type the word the voice says, in other exercises you can use either we or wij.


Is it we or wij?


Is the d in "borden" pronounced like 'borten' or is that optional...?


No, it's pronounced as a 'd'

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