de and het in dutch
Ok I know I could just look it up but it annoys me that this website didn't teach us how to use which word for certain situations before telling us we get questions wrong. Is anybody else with me P.S if you could some how add a lesson specifically on these two words at the beginning that would be greatly appreciated
The web version of Duolingo is much more suitable for the first stage of learning than the App. It works also fine in the browser of a phone or tablet.
The Dutch course for English speakers has good tips and notes for each skill (in the bottom of the lesson's pages)
And there is a great "Overview of grammar explanations" in this discusion https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732817
"We use de for singular masculine or feminine nouns and het with singular neuter nouns. We tend to refer to these nouns as either de words or het words. For plural nouns, we always use de.
The woman = De vrouw ..... The man = De man ..... The child = Het kind ..... The men/women/children = De mannen/vrouwen/kinderen"
One trick which might maybe be useful to know:
Diminutive nouns (add (p|t)je' at the end) in Dutch always get 'het' assigned as definite article.
- het meisje
- het jongetje
- het vrouwtje
- het mannetje
- het huisje
- het trapje
- het tafeltje
- het stoeltje
- het schermpje
- het computertje
- het toetsenbordje
Also, all words that end with -heid (like schoonheid) are female, so they are "de". (de=male&female, het=neuter)
The problem is that in the Netherlands, there isn't a real rule about when to use 'het' or 'de'.