How to form simple sentences in Dutch

How to form simple sentences in Dutch

You want to learn how to form simple sentences in Dutch? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Dutch lessons complete with useful examples. The house is big, the book is old... we make forming simple Dutch sentences easy.

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Simple Dutch sentences

In a typical sentence in Dutch which uses the verb 'to be', the verb is placed between the subject and the attribute as in English. In the singular, the verb 'to be' is 'is'. In the plural, the verb 'to be' is 'zijn'.


De appel is rond.
The apple is round.
De appel is groot.
The apple is big.
De appel is groen.
The apple is green.
De appel is goed.
The apple is good.
De appel is rood.
The apple is red.
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Dutch is spoken by 21 million people in the Netherlands and part of Belgium. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Dutch would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Dutch

Learn to get by in Dutch with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Dutch greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

dit boek
this book
deze appel
this apple
deze tafel
this table
deze stoel
this chair
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Step 10 : Simple sentences in Dutch

You've already learned so much in steps 1 to 9 and we'd like to help you learn even more with this bonus step. Learn the phrases Dit is een boek, Dit is een stoel and Dit is een deur (This is a book, This is a chair, This is a door). Then learn the phrases De deur is groot and De deur is klein (The door is big, The door is small). And then learn the phrases De deuren zijn groot and De deuren zijn klein (The doors are big, The doors are small). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about simple Dutch sentences including useful examples. Take everything you have learned so far and then teach yourself just a few new words each week. In this way, you'll soon be able to say 100's, if not 1000's of short phrases in Dutch. Give it a try yourself!

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