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Echt, Nog Steeds, Nooit and Other Adverbs

Could someone explain how to use them? Greatly appreciated.

Bedankt :)

-Sam

September 25, 2014

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I assume you are referring to the word order, which is a little bit trickier than in English.

If there is no direct or indirect object: the adverb comes directly after the verb:

  • "Ik loop nooit" - I never walk

If there is only a direct object: the adverb comes usually before the direct object. If the object has a definite article or determiner (de, het, deze, dit, die, dat) or if it is a pronoun, then the adverb can also come after the indirect object.

  • "Ik lees nooit een boek" - I never read a book
  • "Ik lees het boek nooit" - I never read the book

If there is a direct object and an indirect object: if the indirect object does not have a preposition, then the adverb comes after the indirect object. If it does have a preposition, the indirect object comes at the very end, after the adverb.

  • "Ik geef hem nooit een boek" - I never give him a book
  • "Ik geef hem het boek nooit" - I never give him the book
  • "Ik geef nooit een boek aan hem" - I never give a book to him
  • "Ik geef het nooit aan hem" - I never give the book to him

Note: the above assumes that the adverb modifies a verb. It can also modify an adjective, in which case it comes directly in front of the adjective.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whle_

Thanks for the help, really appreciated!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidvdb

What do you want to know about them?

Echt: really

Examples: Ik wil dat echt hebben! Dat is echt de waarheid!

Translations: I really want to have that! That's really the truth!


Nog steeds: still

Examples: Schotland is nog steeds een deel van het Verenigd Koninkrijk.

Translations: Scotland is still a part of the UK.


Nooit: never

Examples: Een vegetariër eet nooit vlees. Ik kan nooit naar school gaan.

Translations: A vegetarian never eats meat. I never can go to school.

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