• Dutch grammar
  • 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 -/-)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 nouns


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    In this chapter you will learn about the Dutch nouns. In this chapter you can learn how to use nouns and how to form them. In the subchapters you will learn about the gender of nouns, the plural, diminutives and compound nouns.   

    Definition and usage of the Dutch nouns.  

    Nouns are words that describe objects, people, animals, events, places and ideas. Nouns can be used with an indefinite article ('een') or with a definite article ('de' / 'het').  

    Indefinite nouns are used when people talk about something in general or when people think others might not know what they are talking about.  


    • Een hond (a dog)  
    • Een glas (a glass) 
    • Een brood (a bread) 

    Definite nouns are used when people are sure that others know what they are talking about. There are no rules to determine if a word gets 'de' or 'het'.  


    • Het kind (the child) 
    • Het bureau (the desk)
    • De politie (the police) 

    Countable and uncountable nouns in Dutch

    The Dutch language has countable nouns and uncountable nouns. Countable nouns are objects that can be counted. Uncountable nouns can't be counted or need another element to be able to count them.

    For example:

    • De melk (the milk). → uncountable
    • You can not say: 'de melken' (the milks), but you can say: 'een glas melk' (a glass of milk). → countable

    The table below shows examples of countable and uncountable nouns. 

    Countable nouns Example Uncountable nouns Example
    Het huis (the house)  Wij bouwen twee huizen.
    (We build two houses.) 
    De liefde (the love)  Hij geeft haar veel liefde.
    (He gives her a lot of love) 
    Het bord (the plate)  Er staat een bord op tafel.
    (There is a plate on the table.)  
    De melk (the milk)  Ik drink graag veel melk.
    (I like to drink a lot of milk.)  
    De schoen (the shoe)  Hij heeft zes paar schoenen. 
    (He has six pairs of shoes.) 
    Het geld (the money)  Wij verdienen veel geld. (We make a lot of money.) 
    De bloem (the flower)  Jullie krijgen bloemen van haar.
    (You get flowers from her.)
    De muziek (the music)  Zij luisteren de hele dag muziek.
    (The listen to music the enitre day.) 

    Take a look at the different chapters about the gender of Dutch nouns, the plural, and the Dutch diminutives

    Have a look at the subchapters to learn more about the Dutch nouns. 

    Next lessons

    1 Gender of Dutch nouns (male / female / neuter) Learn the gender of Dutch nouns with this overview of the rules.
    2 Plural in Dutch Learn about the plural in Dutch
    3 Dutch diminutives Study the Dutch diminutives with this grammar overview.