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Dutch D Verbs Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in Dutch Language

Verbs with a stem that ends in -d add the -t in the second and third person singular.

rijden = to drive

ik rijd/rij (the d may be written but it is not pronounced)

jij rijdt

u rijdt

hij/zij/het rijdt

wij rijden

jullie rijden

zij rijden

houden = to hold

ik houd/hou

jij houdt

u houdt

hij/zij/het houdt

wij houden

jullie houden

zij houden

The t of the second person singular is dropped when you ask a question:

rijd jij?

houd jij?

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  1. sander hautvast:

    you state that the ´d´ in ´ik rijd´ may be written, but is not pronounced. In fact it´s optional in pronounciation as well as in writing. So you can say and write ‘ik rij’ and ‘ik rijd’.

  2. Rebecca:

    Where are you Yohann? We miss you! Hope everything is okay 😉