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Pronouns

I was wondering, can you leave out the pronoun in a sentence if you have already conjugated the verb? (Like in Spanish). For example, does "Heb een hond" mean the same thing as "Ik heb een hond"? Would it sound weird?

3 years ago

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No, but if you would drop the pronoun in Spanish, then in Dutch you can use the unmarked (unemphasized) form of the pronoun. Not all pronouns have such a form: there are "jij/je", "wij/we" and "zij/ze".

There's a detailed explanation here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3734337

3 years ago

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Dankjewel :)

3 years ago

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As for the the pronoun 'ik', you can shorten that one to 'k. (And thus you only pronounce the 'k' part of 'ik'.)

3 years ago

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No, you can't do that (except in very colloquial speech or specific situations like imperatives).

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_drop

3 years ago

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Thanks!

3 years ago