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jij ben & u bent

what's their difference?

For learning: Dutch
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Jij bent - you are (informal)
    U bent - you are (formal)

    When to use jij or u depends on the person you are speaking with and the country as well.
    In Belgium people tend to use the formal u much more often. Even parents to their adult children.

    In Holland people are more informal en use jij far more often. Even in stores people often use jij.

    You use u with
    - job interviews
    - talking to people with high position
    - elderly persons

    Nowadays I often hear elderly persons saying that you can talk with them using u in stead of jij.

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