• Dutch grammar
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  • 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
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  • 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]
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  • Dutch possessive pronouns (bezittelijk voornaamwoord)

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    Definition and usage of possessive pronouns

    Possessive pronouns are used to describe to whom an object belongs. Most possessive pronouns are stressed and don't have an unstressed form. Stressed possessive pronouns are used when the emphasis lies on the pronoun in the sentence. The table below shows the different pronouns.  

    Possessive pronouns Translation
    Mijn My
    Jouw / je Your
    Uw Your (formal)
    Zijn His
    Haar Her
    Zijn / haar Its
    Onze / ons Our
    Jullie / je Your
    Hun Their

    Exceptions of Dutch possessive pronouns

    • 'Your' (singular) has two forms in Dutch instead of one like the other possessive pronouns. 
      • This possessive pronoun has a stressed and an unstressed form. 'Your' is the stressed and 'Je'  is the unstressed form. 
    • 'Its' has two forms in Dutch: 'zijn' or 'haar'. 
      • The usage depends on the gender of the words. 'Zijn' is used for masculine and neuter words and 'haar' for feminine. Although in everyday Dutch the distinction between these two categories is not made anymore. 'Zijn' is used in almost every situation.  
    • 'Our' has two forms in Dutch instead of one.
      • 'Onze' is used for nouns that get the article 'de' and plural nouns. 'Ons' is used for nouns that get the article 'het'.  
    • 'Your' (plural) has two forms as well. 
      • 'Jullie' is the most common one, but 'je' is sometimes used to avoid the usage of 'jullie' two times in one sentence.  
      • For example: Hebben jullie je lunch meegebracht?  - Have you brought your lunch? 

      • Instead of:  Hebben jullie jullie lunch meegebracht?  

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    Example of possessive pronouns

    Possessive pronoun Example Translation
    Mijn
    • Ik heb mijn jas thuis gelaten.
    • Dit is mijn huis.
    • I left my coat at home.
    • This is my house.
    Jouw / je
    • Jouw sjaal ligt nog bij mij.
    • Je bent je fiets kwijt.
    • Your scarf is still at my place.
    • You have lost your bike. 
    Uw
    • Mag ik uw paspoort zien?
    • Dit is uw paraplu.
    • Can I see your passport?
    • This is your umbrella.
    Zijn
    • Dit is zijn nieuwe telefoon.  
    • Waar is zijn glas? 
    • This is his new phone.  
    • Where is his glass? 
    Haar
    • Ik vind haar jurk mooi.  
    • Haar bril is weg. 
    • I like her dress.  
    • Her glasses are gone. 
    Zijn
    • Het schoolbestuur maakt haar plannen bekend. 
    • Het sportevenement maakt zijn winnaars bekend.  
    • The school board announces its plans.  
    • The sports event announces its winners.  
    Onze / ons
    • Dit is ons huis.  
    • Onze honden zijn nog jong.  
    • This is our house.  
    • Our dogs are still young. 
    Jullie / je
    • Het is jullie afval, niet de mijne.  
    • Waar zijn jullie jassen? 
    • It is your trash, not mine.  
    • Where are your coats? 
    Hun
    • Dat is hun auto.  
    • Hun kat is weggelopen. 
    • That is their car.  
    • Their cat has run away.  

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