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Dutch Verb Zeggen ('to Say') - Smartphones Page

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'Zeggen' - Conjugation

'Zeggen' click to hear 2 3 'to say' is a strong verb:
zeggen
to say
- zei
said
- gezegd
said
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'Zeggen' has an unusual change from a vowel to a diphthong in the past tense and an also unusual added D in the plural of the past tense. It's somewhat like the English.

overview
zeggen to say
ik zeg I say
wij zeggen we say
ik zei I said
wij zeiden we said
ik heb gezegd I have said
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simple present tense
zeggen to say
ik zeg I say
jij zegt you say (singular, informal you)
hij zegt he says
wij zeggen we say
jullie zeggen you say (plural, informal you)
zij zeggen they say
U zegt you say (polite you)
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simple past tense
(zeggen) to say
ik zei I said
jij zei you said
hij zei he said
wij zeiden we said
jullie zeiden y'all said
zij zeiden they said
U zei you said
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present perfect tense
ik heb gezegd click to hear 2 I have said

'Zeggen' - Sample Sentences

In the examples, you'll come across Dutch 'je' click to hear and 'jij' click to hear (both informal 'you') and 'U' click to hear (formal, polite 'you')

Wat zeg je? click to hear 2 3
'What [do] did you say?' (Dutch often uses the present tense)
Wat zegt U? click to hear 2 3
'What [do] did you say?' Wat zei je? click to hear 2 3 What did you say? Come again?
Zeg 't nog eens click to hear 2 3
(Could you please) say it again? Come again?
Kunt U dat nog eens zeggen? click to hear
Could you please say that again?
Zou U dat nog eens willen zeggen? click to hear 2
Would you mind [saying that once again] repeating that?

Wat zeg jij d'rvan? click to hear 2 3
What do you say about it? What's your opinion on it?
Wat zegt U d'rvan? click to hear 2 3 4
What do you say about it? What's your opinion on it?
After a vowel, it's easier to say "d'r" than "er" -
Wat zegt U ervan? click to hear 2
What do you say about it? What's your opinion on it?

Zoals ik al zei click to hear 2 3
['As I already said'] Like I said before
Zoals ik zei click to hear
Like I said
Al zeg ik 't zelf click to hear 2 3
[Even if I say so myself] - If I may say so
Had ik dat al gezegd? click to hear 2
Did I say that already?

Ik zei "nee" click to hear
'I said "no"'

Dàt had ik moeten zeggen click to hear 2 3
That's what I should have said (the right phrase didn't come to mind in the stress of the moment)
Dat had ik niet moeten zeggen click to hear 2
I shouldn't have said that (It was wrong, it was a mistake)

Hij zei niet veel click to hear
He didn't say much

Ik, zei de gek click to hear 2 3
Me, the crazy man said (self-depreciating)

Zeg het voort click to hear 2
['Say it forth'] - Pass it on (the message)
Zegt het voort click to hear 2
['Say it forth'] - Pass it on (the message) - a rare plural imperative

Zeg eens wat click to hear
Say something, do say something
Zeg maar wat je zou willen hebben van Sinterklaas click to hear 2
[Say] Tell me what you would like to have (get, receive) from Sinterklaas ('Santa')
Zeg 't maar click to hear 2 3
[Just say it] You can say it, Feel free to speak up

Wie 't weet mag 't zeggen click to hear 2
He/she who knows it may say it (it may mean 'it's anybody's guess')
Onder ons gezegd en gezwegen ... click to hear 2
[Said and silent between us] - Just between you and me ...

Hoe zeg je dat in het Nederlands? click to hear 2
How do you say that in Dutch?
Weet jij hoe je 't moet zeggen? click to hear
Do you know how to say it?
Hoe zeg je dat precies? click to hear 2
How exactly do you say that? What is the precise wording?
Dat zeg je niet zo click to hear 2 3
You don't say (that) it that way

't Is niet fout ... click to hear 2
It's not wrong ...
... maar je kunt 't eenvoudiger zeggen click to hear 2 3
... but [you can say it more simply] there's a simpler way to say it

Zeg het in je eigen woorden click to hear 2
Say it in your own words

In het Nederlands zeggen we 'gezondheid!' als iemand niest click to hear In Dutch we say 'gezondheid!' when somebody sneezes
(de) gezondheid click to hear 1. health 2. Bless you!

Als Nederlander zou ik zeggen: 'Ja.' click to hear
As a Dutchman I would say: "Yes!"

Zeg dat het niet zo is click to hear
Say it ain't so

Er zijn mensen die zeggen dat ... click to hear 2
[There are people] Some people say that ...
Veel mensen zeggen dat ... click to hear
Many people say that ...
Veel mensen zeggen dat. click to hear
Many people say that.

Wie zegt dat 't gaat regenen? click to hear
Who says that it's going to rain?
Wat zegt het weerbericht? click to hear 2
What does the weather report say?
Het weerbericht zegt dat het morgen gaat regenen click to hear The weather forecast says it will rain tomorrow

Ze zeggen dat er niet genoeg tijd is click to hear
They say there's not enough time
Hij zegt dat 't morgen klaar is. click to hear
He says it'll be ready tomorrow
Hij zei dat ik het aan Jan moest geven click to hear 2 3
He said [that I should] to give it to Jan

Ik versta niet wat je zegt. click to hear 2
I don't understand (can't hear) what you're saying
Ik begrijp niet wat U zegt click to hear
I don't understand (the meaning of) what you're saying

Dat boek zegt dat hij dat gedaan heeft click to hear 2 3
'That book says that he [has done] did that'

Goropius zegt dat Adam en Eva Nederlands spraken. click to hear 2
Goropius says that Adam and Eve spoke Dutch.

M'n vrouw zegt dat het alleen windstil is als je wil(t) vliegeren click to hear
My wife says the only time there's no wind is when you'd like to fly a kite
't Is alleen windstil als je wilt vliegeren click to hear 2 3
The only time there's no wind is when you'd like to fly a kite
M'n vrouw zegt dat de bal niet in het doel wordt geschopt maar geschoten click to hear
My wife says the ball is not 'kicked' into the goal but 'shot'

Men zegt dat ... click to hear
['People say that ...'] - usually translated as: 'it is said that ...'
Men zegt dat in Kentucky het gras blauw is click to hear 2
'It is said that in Kentucky the grass is blue'
Men zegt dat het gras blauw is in Kentucky click to hear
'It is said that the grass is blue in Kentucky'

Wat heb je daarop te zeggen? click to hear 2
What do you say about that? What's your reaction to that?

Er wordt al zoveel gezegd click to hear 2
So much is being said already
Er is al zoveel gezegd click to hear 2
So much has been said already ->>

Kunt U mij zeggen wanneer de laatste trein gaat? click to hear 2 3 4
Could you please tell me [when] what time the last train [goes] leaves?
Kun je me zeggen hoe laat het begint? click to hear 2 3
Can you tell me what time it starts?

Alles wat je zegt click to hear 2 3
Everything (anything) you say

Waarom zegt niemand dat? click to hear 2 3
[Why is nobody saying that?] - Why doesn't anybody say that?
Waarom zegt niemand wat? click to hear
[Why does nobody say something?] - Why doesn't anybody say something? Why doesn't anybody protest or criticize?
Waarom zegt niemand er iets van? click to hear 2 3
[Why does nobody say something about it?] - Why doesn't anybody protest?

Zeg je nog even dag tegen Jan? click to hear 2
Will you take a moment to say goodbye to Jan?

Zeg maar niks tegen Piet click to hear 2 3 4
Please [say nothing] don't say anything about it to Piet
Zeg 't maar niet tegen Piet click to hear 2
Please don't [say] mention it to Piet

't Is moeilijk te zeggen click to hear 2
[It's difficult to say] - I can't be sure if what I'm saying is correct

Er is wat voor te zeggen click to hear 2 3
Something can be said in favor of it, a case could be made for it
Daar is wat voor te zeggen click to hear 2 3
Something can be said in favor of that, a case could be made for that

't Zegt me niks click to hear 2 [It doesn't [say] speak to me] It doesn't appeal to me /or/ it's meaningless to me

(het) gezegde click to hear 'saying, standard phrase, idiom' - but also a grammar term, 'the predicate,' what is said in a sentence about the subject - hear Dutch grammar words for 'the verbs in a sentence'
(de) waarzegster click to hear 2 ["truth teller"] - (female) fortune teller, psychic ->>

Zeggen
to say
- Spreken
to speak
- Praten
to talk, chat
Vertellen
'to tell'
- Schrijven
to write
- Lezen
to read

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