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Dutch Verb Zien ('to See') - Smartphones Page

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Sayings and Idiom
'to Look Like'

'zien' click to hear 'to see' is a strong verb

zien
to see
- zag
saw
- gezien
seen
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overview
zien to see
ik zie I see
wij zien we see
ik zag I saw
wij zagen we saw
ik heb gezien I have seen
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Like most strong verbs with an A in the simple past tense, that A is 'short' in the singular, but 'long' in the plural

simple present tense
zien to see
ik zie I see
jij ziet you see (singular, informal you)
hij ziet he sees
wij zien we see
jullie zien you see (plural, informal you)
zij zien they see
U ziet you see (polite you)
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simple past tense
(zien) to see
ik zag I saw
jij zag you saw
hij zag he saw
wij zagen we saw
jullie zagen y'all saw
zij zagen they saw
U zag you saw
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present perfect tense
ik heb gezien click to hear I have seen
imperative
Zie! click to hear See!

Sample Sentences

Ik zie 't click to hear
I see it
Ik zie het verband click to hear 2 3
I see how it's connected (the Gestalt)
Alles grijpt in elkaar click to hear
'Everything is connected'

Zie je het verschil? click to hear 2 3
Do you see the difference? - More about Questions
Ik zie het verschil click to hear
I see the difference, I notice the difference

Heb je haar gezien? click to hear 2
Have you seen her? - Word Order
Heb je haar gezicht gezien? click to hear 2
Have you seen her face?
(het) gezicht click to hear 1. face 2. view
Gezicht op Delft click to hear
View [at] of Delft - a Vermeer painting

Heb je hun gezien? click to hear 2
Have you seen them?
Heb je hun hond gezien? click to hear 2
Have you seen their dog?

De agent vertelde de rechter wat hij gezien had click to hear
The policeman told the judge what he'd seen
Ik zag vandaag een politieauto bij de school click to hear
Today I saw a police car at the school

Hij ziet weinig click to hear
He doesn't see much ('his sight is limited,' - but also: 'he doesn't notice much')

Ze bleven een week in Delft ... click to hear
They stayed for a week in Delft ...
... want er was zo veel te zien click to hear
... because there was so much to see

Ik zag de sterren click to hear
I saw the stars
Toen het licht uitging zag ik de sterren click to hear 2
When the light went out I saw the stars - Word Order
Toen ik de sterren zag begreep ik ... click to hear 2 3
When I saw the stars I understood ... - Word Order

Je kon heel ver zien click to hear
[You could see very far] visibility was very good
Je kon niet ver zien click to hear
[You couldn't see very far] visibility was low

Ik kan niet zien waar het lekt click to hear
I can't see where it's leaking, where the leak is

Ik zag de zon in de zee zinken click to hear
I saw the sun sinking into the sea

Ik dacht dat je het leuk zou vinden om dit te zien click to hear 2
I had thought you'd enjoy seeing this

Hier ziet men de gevolgen click to hear 2 3 4
Here [one sees] you see the results, the consequences

Vanavond gaan we naar de bioscoop click to hear
Tonight we'll go to the cinema
Gisteren heb ik 'Apocalypse Now' weer eens gezien click to hear
Yesterday I've seen ... [another time] again
Het was de derde keer dat ik 'm zag click to
    hear
It was the third time I saw it

Het is een fantastische film click to hear
It's a great movie
Vorige week hebben we ... gezien click to hear
Last week we've seen ...

Ik heb die film niet gezien click to hear
I have not seen that movie

zichzelf zien click to hear 2 3
to see oneself
Ik heb mezelf op TV gezien click to hear 2 3
I've seen myself on TV

Zie de mens click to hear 2
'Behold (see) the man' (Ecce Homo)
Ik ben gezien click to hear 2 3
I [have been] was seen (somebody saw me)

Kijk eens in de spiegel! click to hear 2
Look in the mirror! ->>
En wat zie je dan? click to hear 2 3
And what do you see?

Ik heb Jan laatst nog gezien click to hear 2
I have seen, met with Jan some time ago (the other day)
Ik heb hem in geen jaren gezien click to hear 2
[I have seen him in no years] I haven't seen him in years

We zullen wel zien click to hear 2
We'll see
Dat zien we dan wel weer click to hear 2 3
We'll see (about that) [then] when the time comes

Zie je wel? click to hear 2
[Do you see?] See? (I am/was right) - informal
Ziet U wel? click to hear
[Do you see?] See? (I am/was right) - polite

Ik begrijp niet wat ze in hem ziet click to hear
I don't understand what she sees in him, his value to her

Zo zie je maar ... click to hear
This way you'll see ...
Zo zie je maar wie echt je vrienden zijn click to hear
This way you'll see [who really are] who your real friends are

Zo te zien ... click to hear 2 3
[Seeing it this way] It looks like ...

Dat zie je zo click to hear 2 3 4
You see (notice) that right away, it's easy to see - See also: Disambiguation: 'Zo'

Ik zag op 't nieuws dat er geen oplossing gevonden is click to hear
I saw on the news that no solution was found

Wat doe je, als je dingen ziet die niemand ooit heeft gezien? click to hear 2
'What do you do, when you see things no one has ever seen [before]?'
- something that could have been said by Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek click to hear 17th Century Dutch scientist, inventor of the microscope - Lens on Leeuwenhoek

Tot ziens! click to hear 2
['Till seeing'] See you!

[medal showing a farm worker holding a shovel]
faux 'old' Dutch for: Doorzie de grond click to hear 2 ['see through, look deep into] understand the soil'

To comment on an appearance, to say what something 'looks like' Dutch uses the compound verb eruitzien click to hear 2

't Ziet er vies uit click to hear 2
It looks unappetizing

Hij ziet er moe uit click to hear
He looks tired

't Ziet er slecht uit click to hear 2
It doesn't look good, it's not going to end well

Ze ziet er uit als een filmster click to hear
She looks like a movie star

For 'to show' Dutch often uses the verb combination laten zien click to hear 2 ('to let see.') There are a few other verbs like this in Dutch, like for instance laten vallen click to hear 2 ('to let fall' - 'to drop') and laten schrikken click to hear 2 ('to scare, to shock') - more laten - 2

laten zien to show
ik laat zien I am showing
wij laten zien we are showing
ik liet zien I was showing
wij lieten zien we were showing
ik heb laten zien I have shown
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Hij liet ons een paar foto's zien click to hear 2
He showed us a few pictures

Ik heb moeten laten zien click to hear
I had to show

[eye]
(het) oog click to hear - body parts
[my brown eyes]
mijn ogen zijn bruin - de bruine ogen
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my eyes are brown - the brown eyes
blauw / blauwe click to hear blue
groen / groene click to hear green
bruin / bruine click to hear brown

(het) zien click to hear 'seeing, the sense of sight'
(het) oog click to hear eye
ogen click to hear eyes
blind click to hear 2 blind
(het) licht click to hear (the) light
licht click to hear light
(de) zon click to hear sun >>
(de) lamp click to hear lamp >>
(de) foto click to hear picture, photograph
(de) film click to hear 2 movie, film
(het) schilderij click to hear 2 painting
Vermeer - Rembrandt
(het) donker click to hear 2 (the) dark
donker click to hear 2 dark
duister click to hear 2 dark (mysterious, possibly shady)
(de) duisternis click to hear 2 darkness
(de) oogarts click to hear eye doctor

oogverblindend click to hear 2
[eye-blinding] very bright

(het) zicht click to hear visibility, 'viz'
(het) gezicht click to hear 2 1. view (of) 2. face
(het) uitzicht click to hear 1. view (from) 2. prospect
(het) inzicht click to hear insight, understanding

(het) vooruitzicht click to hear 2
prospect, outlook, future

(de) ansichtkaart click to hear 2 picture postcard - a German word with Dutch pronunciation >>

'Zagen' click to hear 2 3 is also a verb meaning 'cutting wood with a saw.' So wij zagen click to hear can mean either 'we saw' or 'we are sawing, cutting wood'

[I am sawing, cutting wood]
ik zaag click to hear

Sayings and Idiom

Op het eerste gezicht click to hear 2 3
At first sight

Bij nader inzien click to hear
['Upon closer inspection'] - usually: 'After some reflection, having given it some thought'

Ik zie het nut er niet van in click to hear 2 3
[I don't see the use of it] - I don't understand why it's useful, what it's good for

Je kunt wel zien uit welke hoek de wind waait click to hear 2
['You can see from which corner the wind is blowing'] 'You can see where that's coming from, what's behind it'

Iets over het hoofd zien click to hear 2 3 4
['to see something past the head'] - a failure to notice something

Hij zag de bui al hangen click to hear
[He had already seen the rainshower "hanging"] - 'He understood trouble was brewing'

Ik zag 't niet meer zitten click to hear
["I didn't see it 'sitting' anymore"] - I had no hope, I didn't see a future (I was very depressed)

Je kunt door de bomen 't bos niet zien click to hear 2 3
You can't see the forest (because of) for the trees (with too much attention to details you lose sight of the big picture)

Het oog is groter dan de maag click to hear 2
['the eye is bigger than the stomach'] - said when you can't finish the food you put on your plate

Met het oog op morgen click to hear 2
'With an eye on tomorrow' - taking the future into? consideration

Onder vier ogen click to hear 2
['Under four eyes'] 'In private, one-on-one conversation'

Uit het oog, uit het hart click to hear 2 3 4
['out of eye, out of heart'] - 'out of sight, out of mind'

Ik heb het met eigen ogen gezien click to hear 2 3
['I've seen it with my own eyes'] - I witnessed it myself, personally

Een oogje in het zeil houden click to hear 2 3
['to keep an eye on the sail'] - monitoring an event, or keeping watch over a person, supervising from a distance
Iemand die een oogje in het zeil houdt click to hear 2
Someone to watch over someone or something

Hij keek z'n ogen uit click to hear 2 3
He really enjoyed seeing something unexpected

Beter langharig dan kortzichtig click to hear 2
Better long-haired than short-sighted

[two pairs of glasses]
brillen click to hear - singular: (de) bril click to hear
[sunglasses, shades]
(de) zonnebril click to hear
[binoculars]
(de) verrekijker click to hear ['far-looker']
[reading glasses]
(de) leesbril click to hear
[a magnifying glass]
(het) vergrootglas click to hear - 2
[small magnifying glass]
(de) loep click to hear (from French 'loupe')
[small magnifying glass]
loep click to hear

To Look Like

'To look like' can be used to comment on an appearance or to note a similarity.

For a comment, Dutch uses the compound word eruitzien click to hear 2

't Ziet er vies uit click to hear 2
It looks unappetizing

't Ziet er slecht uit click to hear 2
It doesn't look good, it's not going to end well

Hij ziet er moe uit click to hear
He looks tired

Ze ziet er uit als een filmster click to hear
She looks like a movie star

'To look like,' meaning 'appear to be in a certain way,' 'giving an impression of' or 'noting a similarity, a resemblance' can also be said in Dutch as lijken click to hear - a strong verb:

lijken
to look like
- leek
looked like
- geleken
looked like
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lijken ~to look like
't lijkt it looks like
ze lijken they look like
't leek it looked like
ze leken they looked like
't heeft geleken it (has) looked like
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Behalve z'n neus lijkt-ie op z'n oma click to hear
Except for his nose he looks like his grandma

't Lijkt of 't gaat regenen click to hear
It looks like [it's going to] rain

'Bijzonder' lijkt de enige uitzondering click to hear
It looks like 'bijzonder' is the only exception
(the IJ in 'bijzonder' is pronounced as 'Dutch long I,' English EE)

't Is niet zo erg als 't lijkt click to hear 2 3
It's not as bad as it looks

't Lijkt maar zo click to hear
It only looks that way
Misschien lijkt 't maar zo click to hear 2 3 4
Maybe it only looks that way

Ik ben een beetje schor, lijkt 't wel click to hear
It looks (sounds?) like I'm a little hoarse
Ben een beetje schor, lijkt 't click to hear

't Lijkt nergens op click to hear 2
['It looks like nothing'] - a bad job, something done badly

De minuutwijzer lijkt wel helemaal stil te staan click to hear 2
The minute hand seems to have stopped completely ->>

't Lijkt wel zomer click to hear
It looks like Summer (but it isn't)

Ze lijkt wel een filmster click to hear 2
She looks somewhat like a movie star

Ze leken wel gek click to hear 2
[They looked like crazy] - It looked like they were crazy, they did something crazy

Er lijkt weinig geld te zijn click to hear 2
It looks like there is little money

Dutch (de) leek click to hear means 'layman' and English 'leek' is (de) prei click to hear in Dutch

The Dutch verb 'schijnen' has a somewhat similar meaning of giving an impression, 'to look like, seem' but with a sense that it's uncertain, you can't be sure. It can also mean 'to shine,' emitting light like the sun - weather conversation

schijnen
to shine
- scheen
shone
- geschenen
shone
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schijnen 'seem'
't schijnt it seems
ze schijnen they seem
't scheen it seemed
ze schenen they seemed
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(de) zonneschijn click to hear 2 3 sunshine
schijnbaar click to hear 2 3 apparently
waarschijnlijk click to hear 2 probably
onwaarschijnlijk click to hear 2 unlikely
hoogstwaarschijnlijk click to hear 2
very likely, most likely

Achter de wolken schijnt de zon click to hear 2
Behind the clouds, the sun is shining (Look further and you'll see things aren't all bad)

't Schijnt niet waar te zijn click to hear 2 3
It seems not to be true, it looks like it's not true

The similar blijken click to hear (blijken / bleek / gebleken click to hear) does not have a clear equivalent in English. It means something like being found different from a first impression. I usually translate it as 'to turn out.' Maybe you could also use 'come to light.'
blijkbaar click to hear 2 3 'obvious, evident, apparently'

blijkenblijken ~to turn out
het blijkt't blijkt it turns out
ze blijkenze blijken 'they turn out'
het bleek't bleek it turned out
ze blekenze bleken 'they turned out'
het is gebleken 't is gebleken it has turned out
click to hear 2 click to hear 2

't Is gebleken click to hear 2
It has turned out ... It has come to light ...

Ze bleken oplichters te zijn click to hear 2 [They turned out to be swindlers] - It turned out they were swindlers

Er blijkt genoeg geld te zijn click to hear 2 3
It turns out that there is enough money

Er blijkt toch genoeg geld te zijn click to hear 2
It turns out that there is enough money (after all)

Bleken click to hear is also 'to bleach, whiten,' like in New York's 'Bleecker Street' ->> - it is a stretch, but wij bleken click to hear could mean 'we turned out (to be)' or 'we are bleaching.' A more common word is bleek click to hear 2 (bleek/bleke click to hear) 'pale' - like in lijkbleek click to hear 2 3 ('pale as a dead body')
I'd also like to bring up the lookalike but unrelated blij click to hear ('glad, happy') and vrolijk click to hear ('cheerful, merry')

Ik ben blij dat te horen click to hear
I'm glad to hear that, it makes me happy to hear that

Bent U blij met Uw fiets? click to hear 2
Are you happy with your bike?

Vrolijk Kerstfeest! click to hear 2 3
Merry Christmas!

Zien
to see
- Horen
to hear
- Kijken
to look

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