Het or De?
Hello! I have recently started dutch, and really enjoy it! things are coming fairly easily, but I am having a hard time telling what words have Het or De as "the". Does anyone have any tricks or advice?
Unfortunately, there are barely any rules whether a noun is a de or a het woord. You'll have to learn by heart.
These two rules always apply:
- All singular diminutive nouns are het woorden
- All plural nouns are de woorden
See here for more information: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3732938
i've been speaking dutch for 40years and i still don't know when to use one or the other
good news is: a lot of dutch people don't know either and you'll never be picked up on it
one tip: if you add 'je' or 'tje' to a word it automatically becomes a 'het' word
de tafel or het groot tafeltje...or is that grote tafeltje..? once again, no one will call you out