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De or Het? Knowing When to Use Which Posted by on Jan 25, 2011

In Dutch there are two definite articles (words that mean ‘the’).  These are de and het.  The article de is for masculine and feminine nouns.  These are also known as common nouns.  The article het is for neuter words. Knowing when a word is common or neuter is one of the challenges in learning Dutch, as…

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De and Het Words in Dutch: Also Known as Definite Articles Posted by on Feb 1, 2010

One of the more tricky parts of the Dutch language are the definite articles. As a non-native Dutch speaker, this is one of the more difficult things for me to get correct, and if you haven’t noticed already, I still occasionally mess it up every now and again. At least as a non-native Dutch speaker…

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Definite Articles Posted by on Jun 12, 2009

Most nouns will have the “de” article, which is “the” in English. Ex: de man (the man) All plural nouns are “de”. Ex: de huizen (houses) All singular diminutives are “het.” Ex: het tafeltje (the little table) All plural diminutives are “de”. Ex: de huisjes (the little houses) Here’s a little exercise to test whether…

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