Dutch: An Essential Grammar (Essential Grammars) by William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham

By William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham

I lately started learning Dutch so that it will converse larger with my Dutch boyfriend, and so i presumed this publication will be a pleasant complement to Stern's brief yet informative "Essential Dutch Grammar." The publication is properly equipped for the full newbie, beginning with a pronunciation part (which really is lovely vague), then entering into spelling principles and the way to shape plural nouns, ahead of even attending to sentence constitution and verb conjugation. So it's a great factor to examine when you've got by no means encountered Dutch before.

BUT! This ebook is loaded with spelling blunders that I, with my vocabulary of possibly 50 Dutch phrases, used to be capable of spot instantly. for instance, in a vocabulary checklist illustrating the spelling principles, it says the Dutch be aware for cause is "redden". NO it's not, it is "reden" with just one D. The very subsequent web page says the singular AND plural for bicycle is "fietsen", whilst really the singular is "fiets" and the simply the plural is "fietsen". the feared factor is that these are only the 2 that i spotted, who is familiar with what percentage extra errors there are. they may simply be small spelling blunders, but if you're studying a brand new language and your learn advisor has these kind of mistakes, it makes you ask yourself what else is wrong.

Fortunately, even though, the principles normally appear to be actual, compared to what Stern's "Grammar" says, so i'd nonetheless provide this booklet a shot, since it does provide loads of examples of every grammar rule. simply do not use it for a vocabulary resource.

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Loop hard! Run fast. Gaat u maar zitten. Please sit down. Ga snel! Go fast. Geeft u mij een kilo pruimen, alstublieft. Please give me a kilo of plums. More details on the imperative are given in Chapter 6. 1 Let’s try it Insert the correct form of the verb in the correct place in the sentence: (liggen) De kat ______ heel lekker op de bank. (kopen) Morgen ______ wij een nieuw woordenboek. (fietsen) ______ Nederlanders naar hun werk? (lezen) Welk boek ______ jij op dit moment? (denken) Hij ______ veel aan zijn vriendinnetje.

2 Zijn vrouw is een beetje ziek. ______ heeft last van de hitte. 3 ______ ben een beetje ziek. 4 Wij gaan naar de dierentuin. Gaat ______ ook mee, meneer Kroes? 5 Jij hebt vijf kleinkinderen. Vind ______ het leuk om opa te zijn? 6 Tot morgen, Hans. Hoe laat kom ______? 3 Present tense Dutch verbs are always cited in the infinitive form. This, with a few exceptions to be discussed in the following chapter, regularly ends in -en. In order to conjugate a verb this ending is removed, leaving the stem of the verb, to which the appropriate personal endings are then added.

Dit is mijn oudste broer. ______ woont in Frankrijk. Wat is ______ Lange Voorhout? ______ is ______ straat in Den Haag. ______ is ______ straat waar veel ambassades gevestigd zijn. 1 The subject forms of personal pronouns are: Singular Plural Person Stressed Unstressed English Stressed Unstressed English 1 ik ’k I wij we we 2 jij je you (informal) jullie (je) you (informal) u – you (formal) u (+ verb in singular) – you (formal) hij ie (after verb) he zij ze they zij ze she het ’t it 3 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 Subject forms Most pronouns have two forms: 1 2 The emphatic or stressed form: used regularly in writing, but used in speaking only for particular emphasis on the person.

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