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When to use 'doe/doet/doen'?

This might be a really silly question, but im having trouble remembering when to use the doe/doet/doen. i just havent seemed to figure out the 'rule' yet!

does she have a cat? heeft zij een kat?

i do shopping ik doe boodschappen

im thinking about it that much that ive started to get confused about sentences i never use to have problems with!

October 28, 2014



You may need help conjugating verbs then.

Ik = doe

Jij/U/Zij/Hij/Het = Doet (second and third person singulars get a -t added)

Wij/Zij (They)/ Jullie = Doen (plurals get the -n)

The following links may help:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3762671 (A grammar explanation by the Dutch course team)


http://www.verbix.com/languages/dutch.shtml (this allows you to put the verb in and to see the conjugations for them)

I'm not too sure if this link may help but I'll link it anyway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_conjugation


Thankyou, but this wasnt what i was meaning. I understand the 'STAM +T' method, but thanks anyway :)


To do = doen. Ik doe, jij/hij/zij/het doet, wij/zij doen. In the above mentionned examples you could say, doen is for stuff you actually do. You DO shopping, it's an action. Doing the dishes -> de afwas doen. Do laundry -> de was doen.

Having a cat isn't an action, so no doe/doet/doen. In English 'to do' is used more often as a helping verb than it is the case in Dutch (does she have, dutch: heeft zij). This is what I come up with now, but there could be exceptions that I didn't think of.


Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. I finally get it.

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