How to use the indefinite article in Dutch

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Dutch? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Dutch lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Dutch indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'een' in Dutch.

Examples

een appel
an apple
een woord
a word
een gebouw
a building
een hond
a dog
een boek
a book
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Dit is een paard.
This is a horse.
Dit is een stoel.
This is a chair.
Dit is een raam.
This is a window.
Dit is een bed.
This is a bed.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Dutch

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. To learn to use the indefinite article in Dutch, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns boek, stoel and deur (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are een boek, een stoel and een deur (a book, a chair, a door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Dutch including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Dutch nouns boek, stoel and deur, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Dutch).

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