• Dutch grammar
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  • 1 Dutch alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 Dutch pronunciation [0/2]
  • 3 Dutch sentence structure
  • 4 Dutch articles (de, het, een) [0/2]
  • 5 Dutch nouns [0/8]
  • 6 Dutch pronouns [0/12]
  • 7 Dutch prepositions [0/9]
  • 8 Dutch adjectives [0/6]
  • 9 Dutch adverbs [0/16]
  • 10 Dutch verbs [0/27]
  • 10.1 Dutch infinitive (verbs with and without 'te') [0/2]
  • 10.2 Dutch regular verbs (weak verbs) [0/2]
  • 10.3 Dutch irregular verbs (strong verbs) [0/2]
  • 10.4 Dutch imperative (gebiedende wijs) [0/2]
  • 10.5 Dutch modal verbs [0/2]
  • 10.6 Dutch reflexive verbs [0/2]
  • 10.7 Dutch auxiliary verbs [0/2]
  • 10.8 Active and passive voice in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.9 Separable and inseparable verbs in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.10 Present participle in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.11 Past participle in Dutch [0/3]
  • 10.12 Dutch subjunctive (aanvoegende wijs) [0/2]
  • 10.13 Dutch gerund [0/2]
  • 10.14 Dutch verb list
  • 11 Dutch verb conjugation and tenses [0/34]
  • Exercise to practice Dutch verb conjugation and tenses 1 (Score -/-)
  • Exercise to practice Dutch verb conjugation and tenses 2 (Score -/-)
  • 11.1 Dutch present simple (onvoltooid tegenwoordige tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.2 Dutch past simple (onvoltooid verleden tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.3 Dutch present perfect (voltooid tegenwoordige tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.4 Dutch past perfect (voltooid verleden tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.5 Dutch future simple [0/4]
  • 11.6 Dutch future perfect [0/4]
  • 11.7 Dutch conditional tense [0/4]
  • 11.8 Dutch conditional perfect [0/4]
  • Dutch gerund

    Definition and usage of the Dutch gerund

    The gerund is a verb used as a noun. This form looks like the continuous tense in the English language (verb + '-ing'), but is different. The Dutch gerund (gesubstantiveerd werkwoord) is an infinitive used as a neutral noun. The article 'het' is added to the infinitive to form the gerund:

    'het' + infinitive 

    For example:

    • Het lopen is alleen op het troittoir toegestaan. (Walking is only allowed on the sidewalk.)
    • Het schrijven van hoofdletters is verplicht. (Writing in capital letters is mandatory.)

    The table below shows the situations in which a gerund is used. 

    Situation Example Translation
    The gerund as subject in the sentence. 
    • Het fietsen is niet op de snelweg toegestaan.
    • Het uitlaten van de hond moet drie keer per dag. 
    • Cycling is not allowed on the highway. 
    • The dog must be walked three times a day. 
    The gerund modifies objects and provisions.
    • Hamburgers eten is zijn favoriete bezigheid.
    • Nagels lakken doet zij graag.
    • Eating hamburgers is his favorite activity. 
    • She likes to paint nails. 

    enlightenedWhen the gerund modifies objects and provisions, the article 'het' is not added. 

    Test your knowledge of the Dutch gerund with the exercises below. 

     

    Exercises

    Exercise to practice the Dutch gerund

    Exercise Dutch gerund

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