There are 8 different tenses in Dutch.
Here you will find an overview of all the 8 tenses. For a more detailed explanation of the tenses you can take a look at the different chapters of this course, where you will also find exercises to practice the tenses.
To be able to conjugate the Dutch verbs in the present simple and present past, you have to find the stem of the verb and add the specific ending that fits with the tense the sentence should be in.
For the present perfect and past perfect the verbs 'hebben' (to have) and 'zijn' (to be) are used together with the past participle. The verb 'zullen' (to shall) is used to form the all future tenses.
The table below gives you an overview of the different tenses in Dutch.
|Present simple (onvoltooid tegenwoordige tijd)||The present simple is mainly used to describe a situation that is happening now.||
(voltooid tegenwoordige tijd)
|The present perfect is used to describe an action or event that happened in the past and already ended.||
(onvoltooid verleden tijd)
|The past simple is mainly used to describe something happened in the past.||
(voltooid verleden tijd)
|The past perfect is used to describe something that happened in the past and ended in the past.||
(onvoltooid tegenwoordige toekomende tijd)
|The future simple tense is used to talk about an event that will happen in the future.||
(voltooid tegenwoordige toekomende tijd)
|The future perfect is used to describe an action that will have been completed before another point or action in the future.
(This form is not used very often.)
(onvoltooid verleden toekomende tijd)
|The conditional tense is used to speculate about a situation, mainly used in an 'if' scenario.||
(voltooid verleden toekomende tijd)
|The conditional perfect is used to describe a future hypothetical situation in the past.||
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|1 Dutch present simple (onvoltooid tegenwoordige tijd)|
|2 Dutch past simple (onvoltooid verleden tijd)|
|3 Dutch present perfect (voltooid tegenwoordige tijd)|
|4 Dutch past perfect (voltooid verleden tijd)|
|5 Dutch future simple|
|6 Dutch future perfect|
|7 Dutch conditional tense|
|8 Dutch conditional perfect|
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