Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Dutch sine. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɛi̯.nə/
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  • Hyphenation: zij‧ne
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯nə

Determiner edit


  1. non-attributive form of zijn (English: his)
    Normally used in conjunction with the definite article de or het, depending on the gender of what is being referred to.
    Die auto is de zijne.That car is his one. or That car is his.
    Dat huis is het zijne.That house is his one. or That house is his.
    Dat is de/het zijne.That is his one. or That is his.
  2. (archaic or dialectal) Inflected form of zijn
    Used for plurals in archaic literary style.
    Dat zijn zijne vrienden. (contemporary Dutch: Dat zijn zijn vrienden.)These are his friends.
    Used for masculine singulars in Flemish and Brabantian dialects.
    Dat is zijne stoel. (standard Dutch: Dat is zijn stoel.)That's his chair.

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