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'The' in Dutch

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Although I don't have a problem remembering when to use which word, I still wonder what the difference is between "de" and "het". Thanks.

1 year ago

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'De' is used for masculine, feminime and plural words. 'Het' is used for neuter words as well as for all singular dimunitive words. (Don't worry too much about dimunitives for now.)

1 year ago

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And, as well, 'het' is for verbs used as nouns - also known as the gerund - e.g. het rennen (the running).

1 year ago

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And het = it. :) Ik begrijp het = I understand it

1 year ago

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Het is not always used for "it", however. You use "hij" when you refer to something that is a "de" word.

Waar is het tijdschrift? Het ligt daar.

Waar is de krant? Hij ligt daar.

1 year ago