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"The tail is short."

Translation:De staart is kort.

July 25, 2014


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When the adjective is the last word, you don't add the e to it, you use the actual word.

November 15, 2014


I would love if they had a page that explained when to use 'het' and 'de'.

September 24, 2014


Bad news! You just have to remember. Thats the only way. Personally, my tricks are:

There are more de- words than het- words so try to rmb the ones with het.

Het words are neutral words which define no gender. This works on words such as "kind" ( you dont define it as boy or girl) so its "het kind"

Hope this helps.

October 12, 2014


Why doesn't korte work?

October 30, 2014


Because it's placed after the verb (or, in other words, it's in predicative position).

August 18, 2018


o.k. someone has to say it...i think the staart should be the end:-P

June 7, 2015


Because the end comes before the staart :P

August 28, 2015


why is 'het' staart not correct ?

July 25, 2014


Because "staart" is a "de"-word.

July 25, 2014


It would really really help if Duo would show us that when you hover over the word, to help memorise. I have lost so many hearts just because I simply don't know whether words are 'de' or 'het'.

July 31, 2014


Agreed. Do they show in other languages ?

July 31, 2014


In other languages there are generally some clear rules you can follow, and then learn exceptions through trial and error. Dutch, however... has no pattern whatsoever. So yea, a hovering correct option would help.

November 3, 2014


Not from memory, but I haven't done any of the other languages for ages.

August 5, 2014


Hearts? Is this figurative language or does a casual user not see a certain feature of duolingo...

April 1, 2015


No don't worry, it's something they changed a while ago. No more broken hearts any more.

April 20, 2015


Well, there are some guidelines you can follow:





Maybe it's not as easy as in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, but nevertheless, these guidelines help quite a bit. Don't worry, as you study more and more and gain more exposure to the language, you'll make less and less mistakes.

And, anyway, making mistakes is a sign that you're learning: you're trying to use the language, and that's great!

Don't get discouraged :)

Hope this helps.

August 18, 2018
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