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"Is it good?"

Translation:Is het goed?

July 18, 2014



How do you form questions in Dutch, I remember seeing a sentence similar to a French one, where in French you could use inversion, can you do such with Dutch questions?


Normally, a question is formed by the VSO or Verb-Subject-Object form. Example: Is it good? The questions formed by the SVO structure are used when you are shocked by what the other person said. Example: A: Het is goed. B: Het is goed???


Just for extra clarification... are questions formed the same way in Dutch and English?


Basically, yes :)


So tempting to write "ist es gut?" here...


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When "Is het goed?" Used? Is it used as is that thing good, are you feeling good , is everything OK or as another way to say how are you?


it can be "is it okay" or "is it (any) good", but not how are you, since "het" is a thing, not a person.


What's funny about it is that they never teach you how to form a question, and you are supposed to get it right,


From an English perspective, it's pretty simple. Learn by correction.
is = is
it = het
good = goed
Translating word for word is probably what most persons would try here, anyway.


I wonder why "Bent het goed?" is not accepted as correct.

Is "Bent" more like "are" than "is"?


No, "bent" is for second person singular.

Ik ben (I am). Je/Jij/U bent (you are (singular)). Hij/Zij/Het is (He/She/It is). Wij zijn (We are). Zij zijn (They are). Jullie zijn (You are (plural)).


Wow thank you it's helpful


Also, side note in regards to verb tense and form. when asking a question:

When you ask a question to someone, the verb and pronoun shifts like English, and most of the time the verb keeps its form.

Ben ik moe*? Ja, ik ben moe. Zijn wij moe? Ja, wij zijn moe.

But there's an exception: which it's 'je' and 'jij' (second person of sigular). When asking a question to someone directly you shift the order, like I showed above, but the verb form assumes the first person of singular. Only in the formal tense using 'u' is when you keep the verb form to its pronoun form.


-Do you have a pencil? Yes, I have a pencil. No, I do not have a pencil.-

•Heb je een potlood? Ja, ik heb een potlood. Nee, ik heb geen potlood. •Heb jij een potlood? Ja, ik heb een potlood. Nee, ik heb geen potlood.


•Hebt u een potlood? Ja, ik heb een potlood. Nee, ik heb geen potlood.

You can't say 'bent je moe?' but you are allowed to say 'bent u moe?'.

Correct tense:

-Ben** je moe? Je bent moe.

-Bent*** u moe? U bent moe.

I hope that helps.

Tot ziens, Eduardo.

moe = tired first person singular (to be) Second person singular (to be)


I thought het ment "the"


If it's an article belonging to a noun yes it does, if it is the subject of a sentence it means it.


can i ask like this: gaat het goed ?


Gaat het goed? = Is it going well?

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