How to use adjectives in Dutch

How to use adjectives in Dutch

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Dutch? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Dutch lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Dutch adjectives.

Dutch adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Adjectives come before the noun in Dutch as in English. Adjectives agree with the noun they describe only if the noun is indefinite '(i.e. 'a big house' versus 'the big house')'. Adjectives that describe a definite noun are invariable '(i.e. same form for masculine, feminine and neuter nouns)'.


de sterke jongen
the strong boy
de grote jongen
the tall boy
de droevige jongen
the sad boy
de zwakke jongen
the weak boy
de gelukkige jongen
the happy boy
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Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Dutch adjectives groot, klein and oud (big, small, old). Using the nouns boek, stoel and deur (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Dutch adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives groot, klein and oud with the nouns boek, stoel and deur you can move on to Step 8 (Dutch Verbs).

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