Hij for He, and Hij for objects

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Hij for He, and Hij for objects

Post by Kleme » Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:16 pm

Hallo!

I have doubts about the pronoun HIJ (used as HE) and Hij for objects like IT in english.
I get confused whan I read a sentence with "hij", because I don't know if it's talking about He or It.

(de hond)
Hij is in mijn huis.

(mijn vader)
Hij is in mijn huis.

The question is: if I do not know who the sentence is talking about, how can I know if the text is talking about He or It?

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Re: Hij for He, and Hij for objects

Post by inbox » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:51 pm

You need to know the context.

Ik heb een usb stick. Hij zit in mijn tasje.
In this case I am referring to a USB stick.

If you don't know the context then it can be anything. Can be he as in person or can be het as in usb stick. Of course a person won't fit in my bag :lol:

To be honest, I think that a sentence won't start directly with hij. Hij is a replacement of a subject, which if it is not explained earlier explicitly or implicitly then surely you will have doubt.

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