In this chapter you will learn about the Dutch prepositions. It gives you an overview of the different prepositions and how to use them. The Dutch language has three categories of prepositions. In the subchapters you can study these different categories of prepositions.
Prepositions are used to indicate a connection between words in the sentence. A preposition is never an independent part of the sentence, it belongs (almost) always to a noun.
Tip: you can remember prepositions as so called 'kast-woordjes' (closet-words). This is a way to test if a word is a preposition. The Dutch prepositions can (almost) always be combined with the word 'kast' (closet).
The Dutch language has four categories of prepositions:
Prepositions of place indicate a relationship related to space or location.
Prepositions of movement are used to indicate direction.
Prepositions of time refer to a time relationship.
There are Dutch verbs that have a fixed preposition. The verb is always combined with the same preposition. In this case, the preposition is irreplaceable. The preposition is important for the meaning of the verb.
Dutch has a couple prepositional expressions. This means that multiple prepositions are used to express something. These have a 'fixed' structure:
preposition + noun+ preposition
Veel mensen hebben zich aangemeld door middel van het aanmeldformulier. (Many people have signed up by means of the registration form.
Sometimes words look like prepositions in a sentence, but they actually are a part of a separable verb.
Take a look at the preposition list to study all the prepositions. Also take a look at the other chapters to learn more about the different categories of prepositions.
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