"Het is zeer belangrijk."

Translation:It is very important.

October 25, 2014



Heel vs zeer?

December 27, 2014


Zeer is a bit more formal and a bit old-fashioned. It is still used, but not as common as heel.

July 16, 2015


I know that zeer means very. But I tried to answer "It is quite important". Does anyone know why is this answer wrong?

October 25, 2014


Quite is not strong enough, I would translate quite important to Dutch as redelijk belangrijk or best belangrijk.

October 25, 2014


heel belangrijk?

March 21, 2015


That's fine, it's as strong as zeer is. Used in this way, they are synonyms.

March 22, 2015


Could one use "extremely important" instead? I was using VanDale instead of the hints and it's an accepted translation over there: http://vandale.nl/opzoeken?pattern=zeer&lang=ne

November 8, 2015


Sounds too strong to me, maybe there is some context in which that is the case, but not this one. I would translate extremely important to extreem belangrijk. And there are zeer, heel and erg, which are closer to very, so I don't see the need to go extreme here. ;)

November 8, 2015


Ok, thank you for the clarification :)

November 8, 2015


But.... it does not seem to me as if there is any context given at all in the question, so I don't see why it could not be 'extremely important', which is maybe slightly stronger than 'very important', but not as strong as 'vitally/crucially/critically important'. In my opinion, without context, any of these options would be a fair translation.

October 8, 2017


Can someone explain to me the difference between "zeer", "veel" and "heel" as in "very"? I am not sure when to use each of them.

August 18, 2015


See above :) I agree with user Confessing: zeer and heel are pretty much interchangeable, but zeer is less common and slightly more formal.

August 19, 2015


what about the 'veel'?

August 29, 2015


The Dutch word veel is a determiner, and means much/many. As such, it might seem similar to heel/zeer (=very), but these are adjectives, and are therefore used differently. I hope that's clear enough for you :-)

August 30, 2015
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