Why “het”?

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Why “het”?

Post by Heeëstur » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:50 pm

hello!Why do you use the pronoun "het" to make questions like:

hoe gaat het? How are you?

would not be:

hoe gaat jij?

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Re: Why “het”?

Post by BrutallyFrank » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:16 pm

In this case 'het' is an indefinite pronoun. It refers to something non-specific.

"hoe gaat het? How are you?" is an excellent translation, but if you translated it directly it would be: How does it go? or How is it going? In that case it would be more clear that 'it' is an indefinite pronoun, although it would be a bad translation.

"You" is used in English, but in a good translation it won't refer to 'jij'.
"Moenie worrie nie, alles sal reg kom" (maar hy het nie gesê wanneer nie!)

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