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What is the difference between 'u heeft' and 'u hebt'?

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When conjugating 'hebben' I can see both forms, are they the same, or is only one of them correct? Is there a regional difference between the two?

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This article explains a shift from 19th century usage of the 3rd person[1] "heeft" to current day 2nd person "hebt". Both forms currently have the same meaning, both are correct. However, some sources indicate that "u heeft" is now considered formal in contrast to the unmarked "u hebt", while other sources list them as equivalents.

No regional dependency is mentioned in the source, although some differences in frequency of usage for example between Surinamese Dutch and current European Dutch are perhaps a possibility.


  1. In a crude analogy, like English "Your Grace has". However, the Dutch usage wasn't and isn't limited to the addressing of dukes. It was a polite way of saying "you have". ↩︎

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