||[Jul. 29th, 2004|03:46 pm]
What is the difference between jij and je?|
wij and we? how do you know when to use each...and what is the word for them....hun or hen'??
Good question... I am in the process of learning Dutch also...
actually there is practically no difference, but if you want to emphasize it is better to use jij and wij.
never really thought about that
them = zij
hun and hen are smewhat different
i give it to them = ik geef het aan hun
it is theirs = het is van hun
blah i forgot if that is even correct, it htink many dutch mix hun and hen, even in commercials it is used wrongly sometimes
It is theirs officially should be 'het is van hen', but you're right, everyone mixes it up. About 'hun' and 'hen', if you're talking about 'hun' meaning them in English: when them is a dative, you translate it as 'hun'. Example: I give it to them = ik geef het aan hun. In any other case, it's 'hen'. Example: I look at them = ik kijk naar hen.
About the difference between 'wij' and 'we' or 'jij' and 'je', you can use them both since there is actually no difference. Maybe 'we' and 'je' are a bit more informal. They're used more often in speaking, so in conversations I'd use those words.
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