Het leuk? Het nog niet zo goed?

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Het leuk? Het nog niet zo goed?

Post by Lynn » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:40 pm

Which of these sentences are correct and why?

1. Ik vind het leuk in Amsterdam.
2. Ik vind leuk in Amsterdam.

3. Ik spreek Nederlands het nog niet zo goed.
4. Ik spreek Nederlands nog niet zo goed.

I am confused on the usage of the word "het".

Thank you very much!

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Re: Het leuk? Het nog niet zo goed?

Post by Quetzal » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:21 pm

Lynn wrote:Which of these sentences are correct and why?

1. Ik vind het leuk in Amsterdam.
2. Ik vind leuk in Amsterdam.

3. Ik spreek Nederlands het nog niet zo goed.
4. Ik spreek Nederlands nog niet zo goed.

I am confused on the usage of the word "het".

Thank you very much!
Number 1, and then number 4 if you change the word order around to "Ik spreek nog niet zo goed Nederlands".

The closest English translation of that first sentence would be, "I like it in Amsterdam". Admittedly, that's not really something you'd say, but you *could* say "I like it here", that's pretty much the same thing. The "it" isn't really well-defined in either case.

Of course, you can also say "Ik vind Amsterdam leuk", i.e. "I like Amsterdam".

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Re: Het leuk? Het nog niet zo goed?

Post by Lynn » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:37 pm

Thank you. It's clear to me now.

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Re: Het leuk? Het nog niet zo goed?

Post by Ivaro-NL » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:23 pm

1&4 because Het refers to something,
So if you say: "Het is leuk in Amsterdam."
Ten you refer to something that was fun,
You could ask a question, what is fun? Amsterdam is.
And ik spreek nederlands nog niet zo goed,
Is without it, because it can't refer to something.
You could say: "ik spreek het niet" or "Ik spreek de taal niet"

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