hij

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Afrikaans[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hij

  1. Obsolete spelling of hy

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch hi, from Old Dutch hie, , from Proto-West Germanic *hiʀ, from Proto-Germanic *hiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hij

  1. Third-person singular, masculine, subjective: he.
    Hij loopt.He walks.
    De tafel is duur omdat hij van glas is gemaakt.
    The table is expensive because it is made of glass.

Usage notes[edit]

  • When the word occurs other than as the first word of a clause and is not emphatically stressed, it is usually pronounced as /i/. This is a completely accepted pronunciation in standard speech.
  • The word can also be used to refer to inanimate nouns of the feminine gender.

Inflection[edit]


Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: hy
  • Javindo: hij, gij

Middle Dutch[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hij

  1. Alternative spelling of hi

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hij

  1. Alternative form of I (I)

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hij

  1. Alternative form of he (they)