• Dutch grammar
  • 1 Dutch alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 Dutch pronunciation [0/2]
  • 3 Dutch sentence structure [0/12]
  • 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 -/-)Free
  • Exercise to practice Dutch verb conjugation and tenses 2 (Score -/-)Free
  • 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 negation


    1. Exercise Dutch negation 1 Score -/-
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    'Niet' (not) and 'geen' (no), these two words indicate that the Dutch sentence is negative. However, these translations differ on the sentence. In Dutch the verb 'to do' is not necessary to make the sentence negative, unlike in English.  

    When to use 'geen'? 

    1. For a negating a noun, that would have needed 'een' (a/an) when it was not a negative sentence. 
    2. For nouns that are plural and uncountable that did not have an article in front.  
    Situation Example Translation
    Noun (that needed 'een') Ik heb geen auto. I have no car.
    Noun (plural/uncountable) Ik heb vandaag geen lessen. I do not have classes today.

    When to use 'niet'? 

    1. For elements that are not nouns, such as verbs, adjectives, thoughts.  
    2. For nouns that are followed by a definite article or possessive pronoun. 
    Situation Example Translation
    Not nouns Ik loop niet. I do not walk.
    Nouns followed by definite article or possessive pronoun Dat is niet mijn glas. That is not my glass.

    enlightened The placement of 'niet' depends on what you are trying to negate.  

    1. When negating something particular 'niet' has to be right before it. 
    2. Or where the time, place or manner is usually put.  

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    Other negations 

    Negation Translation Examples Translation
    niet meer / geen...meer

    no(t) ... anymore

    no(t) ... longer

    • Hij studeert niet meer aan de universiteit
    • Mijn paarden hebben geen water meer in hun waterbak.
    • He is no longer a student at the university.
    • My horses have no water anymore in the water basin.
    nog niet / nog geen no(t) ... yet
    • Valentin heeft nog geen geliefde.
    • Ze zijn nog niet thuis van hun feest.
    • Valentin has no lover yet.
    • They are not home from their party yet.
    nooit never
    • Je hebt nog nooit buiten Europa gereisd.
    • Je komt er nooit op tijd.
    • You have never travelled outside Europe.
    • You never get there on time.
    niets nothing
    • We hebben niets gepland.
    • De dieven konden niets meenemen.
    • We have not planned anything.
    • The thieves couldn't take anything with them.
    noch...noch neither... nor...
    • Deze man is noch mijn naaste, noch de uwe.
    • Ik houd niet van salade noch van tomaten.
    • This man is neither my neighbour nor yours.
    • I love neither salad nor tomatoes.

    enlightenedPay attention,' geen meer' is always separated by a name whereas 'niet meer' is never separated.

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