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I need help - When to use 'De' vs when to use 'Het'

I am on level 4 and I still have trouble with this one issue, When to use 'De' and When to use 'Het'?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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I go by what I call the "4P" rule with relatively good success: If you're talking about one of the 4 Ps, then go with "de"-- Plurals (de jongens), Professions (de bakker), People (de broer) or Produce (fruits & vegetables- de aardbei). Hope this helps, cheers!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liveforyou2213

okay, I will keep that in mind

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ_G
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great tip! Thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ_G
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Plurals are always "de." And singular diminutives (typically ending in -je) are always "het." Aside from what the others have already said, you just have to learn which one goes with which noun. So, it's best to learn it as a unit. In other words, don't learn "meisje"= girl, learn "het meisje" = the girl.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuizaTancheva

This is very difficult to learn every word's "het" or "de"... :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cam_and_Alex
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"De" and "Het" both simply mean "The", as they are both the definite articles. There is no surefire way to say when to use one or the other, and it is generally best to just learn them by heart. As a general rule, however, there are approximately double the "de" nouns in Dutch as there are "het" nouns. As well, for compound nouns (such as handschoenen "gloves"), the article will always match the last noun placed into the compound. =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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There actually is a special site designed to enable you into finding the gender of a word. It is called Genus Inventio if memory serves right.

When it says both masculine and feminine, use whichever one is preferred (the first is then preferred in Flanders, the second in the Netherlands).

A very useful site indeed.

Nonetheless, it is best to indeed just learn the articles by heart. Memorise them as a part of the noun, not as a separate thing. 'de appel', not 'appel' and 'de', for example.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multitaal
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Inventio has a site for telling the gender of words (masculine, feminine or neuter). New Dutch learners will probably not need to know that often whether a word is masculine or feminine.
Welk lidwoord is a site for learning whether a word takes de or het. This site also has daily exercises for articles (lidwoorden).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mreaderclt
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Seems that the forum software broke the links in Multitaal's post.

Here they are:

Inventio genus:

http://inventio.nl/genus/

Welk Lidwoord

https://www.welklidwoord.nl/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RudolfJan

Stripedkitty is correct. Plural words always use "de". Diminutives will use "het" e.g. de kogel, het kogeltje etcetera. For the rest, you just need to learn., like in many other languages.

1 month ago
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