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Houden (van) - conjugation

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I typically translate the first person of this verb as 'ik houd', thinking it follows the rule of the first person- and the 2nd person as je houdt and, if a question, then 'houd je'.

But I see the first person very frequently written as 'ik hou'. Seeing this form in a post a couple of days ago I decided to end the mystery and look it up. ;)

But the mystery only deeped. According to verbix, present tense houden in the first is either ik houdt or hout. Babla offered two more possibilities of either ik houd or hou. 0_o

What is the truth about this enigmatic verb? Cheers!

1 year ago

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El2theK
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Ik houd / hou

When I look it up on verbix it tells me the same: http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/go.php?D1=24&T1=houden

Houd is more formal.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stefanie968627

http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/vraag/397 Here you have an explanation. This is an official site about dutch, so if you want a correct answer, you can always check there. The whole website is in Dutch though..

It is more or less the same for rijden (ik rij /ik rijd) and snijden (ik snij/ik snijd). It appears also in the imperative 'hou van mij/snij het brood/rij de wagen voor'.

1 year ago

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Indeed, you can use both, ik houd is more formal and mostly used in written form, ik hou is more casual and mostly used in speech.

Ik houdt is grammatically wrong and does not exist, ik hout does not exist either, "hout" is wood.

1 year ago

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Bedankt iedereen! Ik begrijp het nu :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/--Marz--
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Graag gedaan! :)

(Btw, thanks for the message on my stream. Unfortunately I don't have an activity stream because of the new website, I only got an email message, so I can't see it or reply to it. I hope DuoLingo brings it back again soon so it's easier to chat and practise language with people.)

(Trouwens, bedankt voor het bericht op mijn stream. Helaas heb ik geen activity stream vanwege de nieuwe website, ik kreeg alleen een emailbericht, dus ik kan het niet zien of erop antwoorden. I hoop dat DuoLingo het snel weer terugbrengt zodat het makkelijker is om met mensen te praten of taal te oefenen.)

Groetjes!

1 year ago

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Hoi Marz- if you have the email notifications on, then the full messages appear in the recipients email. Otherwise, there is no way to see the messages. I did want to send thanks for answering my question so clearly!

1 year ago
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