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Written on Sep, 07, 2013 by in | Leave a comment
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1.Dutch Pronouns- In English personal pronouns are (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they), and (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them), In Dutch, the personal pronouns are: ik… (I), jij… (you), hij… (he), zij… (she), wij… (we), jullie… (you plural.), zij… (they) 2.Dutch Plural- In Dutch the most common plural endings are en, s. But there are …

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Whether you should use ‘Hebben’ or ‘Zijn’ as an auxiliary is not always easy to determine. It may help if you remember that, Activities – hebben, and Situations – zijn. In this context ‘situation’ can cover movement to a specific place or a change of state. However, problems may occur if a verb can indicate both an activity and a …

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“Beurs” is a word that you will most likely come across in newspapers. Its common meaning is ‘stock exchange’ or ‘stock market’ but “beurs” has other meanings too.  1. stock exchange, stock market [noun] [de beurs, de beurzen] [‘beurs’]  Examples: – “De beurs zakte gisteren tot haar diepste punt sinds 11 september 2001.” (“The stock market plunged to its lowest …

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Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that cannot be taken literally. In other words, when used in everyday language, they have a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary. Every language has its own idioms. Learning them makes understanding and using a language a lot easier and more fun! Food-related expressions tell quite a bit …

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u hebt / u heeft From a historical point of view there is some confusion about ‘u’ being 2nd or 3rd person singular. This isn’t a problem as in most verbs the finite forms of the 2nd and 3rd person are identical. In the verb ‘hebben’ however, there are different forms: je hebt (2nd) and hij/ze heeft (3rd). Both choices …

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Simple, Basic Sentences Very simple sentences can just be a subject (het) onderwerp and a verb (het) werkwoord in that order. Very much like in English. SUBJECT – VERB Het concert begon. (The concert started) De trein vertrok. (The train left) Het touw brak. (The rope broke) Een hond blafte. (A dog barked) De bom ontplofte. (The bomb exploded) De zon …

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This page is an introduction to word order in Dutch sentences, to help with conversational Dutch. I am not a grammarian so for elaborate rules you’ll have to look elsewhere. Dutch has a word order that is markedly different from English, which presents a problem for some learning Dutch. A simple example often used in Dutch language classes and text …

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Dutch English geld (het) money munt (de) coin bankbiljet (het) banknote briefje (het) note gulden (de) guilder euro (de) euro portemonnee (de) wallet prijs (de) price betalen to pay contant cash cheque (de) cheque bankpas (de) bank card credit card (de) credit card kopen to buy verkopen to sell leasen to lease leaseauto companycar wisselen to change uitgeven to spend …

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Dutch English spreken to speak weten to know de voorwaarde condition iemand somebody niemand nobody welk(e) which De Verenigde Staten The United States waarschijnlijk probably niet meer not any more, no longer nog niet not yet Ik denk het. I think so. Hoe heet je? etc. What is your name? dus thus, therefore, so prachtig beautiful te too echt real(ly) …

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`en’, `maar’, `want’, `of’ are called coordinating conjunctions. When these words serve to link sentences, the word order of the sentence remains the same, as in English, For Example: Hannie houdt van zwemmen. Wim houdt van fietsen. Hannie houdt van zwemmen en Wim houdt van fietsen.      2.  Mnr. Van Dam werkt in een kantoor Moeder werkt thuis. Mnr. Van …

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