• Dutch grammar
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  • 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]
  • Definition and usage of the Dutch present participle  

    The present participle in Dutch is used to indicate that an action is taking place, while another action is also taking place. The subject in the sentence performing two actions at the same time. 

    Situation Example Translation
    Two actions that are taking place at the same time. 
    • Ik ga lopend naar school.  
    • Lachend fietste ze weg.  
    • I am walking to school. 
    • She laughed while cycling home.  

    Forming the present participle

    The following rule is used to form the present participle:

    Infinitive + d

    Example

    Infinitive Present participle Translation
    schudden Schuddend met de kaarten liep hij weg.  He walked away, while shaking the cards.
    rennen Rennend ging zij naar haar werk. She went to work, running.
    denken Denkend aan de zomer fietste hij naar huis. He cycled home, while thinking of Summer.
    zweven Zwevend kwam de vogel veilig naar beneden.  The bird came down safely by floating. 

    enlightenedThe present participle can also be used as an adjective, where the infinitive sometimes gets '+ de'.

    Example: 'Dansende mensen' (Dancing people), 'een huilend kind' (a crying child). 

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