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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Personal pronouns, informal and formal forms and emphasis.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik. Jij, je, u. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Hij, zij, ze het. Wij, we. Jullie. Zij, ze. And now, the pronouns used in sample sentences. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Nu woon ik in Groningen. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wat doe je? Wij hebben twee dochters. Vinden jullie Groningen leuk? There are two forms you can use when you address someone, “je”, “jij” and “u”. [DUTCH SPOKEN] “U” is used as a polite form to casual acquaintances, strangers, superiors, and elders.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 seconds Here are some examples with “je” and “u”.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds Some pronouns have emphatic or stressed form next to a non-stressed form. For example, “jij” versus “je” The “jij” is the stressed form, and the “je” unstressed.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds So for example, [DUTCH SPOKEN] Hoe oud ben je? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben twintig. En jij?

Skip to 1 minute and 57 seconds There are more personal pronouns with these two forms, stressed and non-stressed.

Skip to 2 minutes and 4 seconds “zij” and “ze”, the singular. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zij woont in Toronto. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ze woont in Toronto. “Wij”, “we”. Wij wonen nu hier. We wonen nu hier. “Zij”, “ze”. the plural. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Waar wonen ze? Waar wonen zij?

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds More examples from the dialogues. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben twintig. En jij? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zij wonen in Denemarken. We hebben geen dieren. So more examples. See and listen to the contrast. [DUTCH SPOKEN] We hebben dieren. We hebben twee katten. En jullie? Hebben jullie dieren? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Nee, wij hebben geen dieren. En jij Maria? Ja, ik heb een hond.

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Personal pronouns

Here you can see an overview of the personal pronouns.

pronomen pronoun
ik I
jij/je-u you
hij-zij/ze-het he-she-it
wij/we we
jullie you
zij/ze they

Depending on the person you are talking to, we have two forms of the singular ‘you’: je – jij, and u.
U is used as a polite form to casual acquaintances, strangers, superiors and in general to persons a generation older.

Some pronouns have an emphatic or stressed form, as well as a non-stressed form.
For example: jij versus je.
Jij is the stressed form, the je non-stressed.

For example

Hoe oud ben je? How old are you?
Ik ben twintig. En jij? I am twenty. And you?

There are more pronouns with a stressed and a non-stressed form.

zij / ze (singular)

Ze woont in Toronto. She lives in Toronto. (the emphasis is on Toronto)
Zij woont in Toronto. She lives in Toronto. (the emphasis is on she)

wij / we

We wonen nu hier. We live here now.
Wij wonen nu hier. We live here now.

zij / ze (plural)

Waar wonen ze? Where do they live?
Waar wonen zij? Where do they live?

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