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Echt, Nog Steeds, Nooit and Other Adverbs

Could someone explain how to use them? Greatly appreciated.

Bedankt :)


September 25, 2014



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.


Thanks for the help, really appreciated!


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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