Yet another hij/het puzzle

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Yet another hij/het puzzle

Post by Will E. Brook » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:03 am

I've seen a number of questions similar to this one in the "pronouns" subforum. It's a real difficulty for us English speakers.

Ik lere Nederlands want hij is zo'n romantische taal (de taal)
Ik lere Nederlands want het is zo'n romantische taal (het Nederlands)

Which is correct?

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Re: Yet another hij/het puzzle

Post by BrutallyFrank » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:08 am

Will E. Brook wrote:I've seen a number of questions similar to this one in the "pronouns" subforum. It's a real difficulty for us English speakers.

Ik lere Nederlands want hij is so'n romantische taal (de taal)
Ik lere Nederlands want het is so'n romantische taal (het Nederlands)

Which is correct?
First sentence 'wrong', but grammatically the second sentence is correct!

Ik leer Nederlands, want het is zo'n romantische taal

Ik leer
hij leert
wij leren
"Moenie worrie nie, alles sal reg kom" (maar hy het nie gesê wanneer nie!)

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Re: Yet another hij/het puzzle

Post by Will E. Brook » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:40 am

Oh fiddlesticks! :o

Thank you.

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Re: Yet another hij/het puzzle

Post by ngonyama » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:15 am

Names of languages are always neuter words:

Het Nederlands
Het Engels
Het Latijn
Het Swahili

And so you can always refer to them with "het" and in the example you gave the pronoun refers back to the previous sentence.

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