When Dutch leaves Beta ...
Will we get things like "Words", "Immersion" and special skills when Dutch leaves Beta and becomes a full course? (don't know the exact terminology, I'll just call it a 'full course')
I believe someone on the Dutch team also said they'd be looking at putting "de/het" into the hover hints because it's a feature that the other languages have for their gendered words. So that's another thing to look forward to in the full course if they do decide to implement that :)
I get it! It is very hard, some native speakers get it wrong as well! I hope this helps!
When words are neuter, you use "het". Masculine and feminine words both have "de" as article nowadays (a long time ago it wasn't like that). Plural words also get "de". Btw, you didn't write "We have the plate" wrong :). It's very nice that you are learning Dutch, not many people do, because it is an unimportant language with "only" 20 million speakers. Good luck!
And some more rules:
About 75% of the words have the article de and about 25% of the words are thus het words. De' is always used for the plural ‘De’ is always used for professions: ‘de kok’ (the chef), ‘de bewaker’ (the guard) ‘De’ tends to be used for people with an identified gender, such as: ‘de vader’ (the father), ‘de dochter’ (the daughter). ‘De’ is also used for vegetables, fruits, trees and plants, names of mountains and rivers Furthermore, 'de' is also used for the words ending with -ie,- ij, -heid, -teit,-a, -nis, -st, -schap, -de, -te, -iek, -ica, -theek, -iteit, -tuur, -stuur, -sis, -xis, -tis, -ade, -ide, -ode, -ude, -age, -ine, -se, -ea, -esse
Finally, ‘de’ is used for written-out numbers and letters: ‘de drie’ (the three); ‘de a’ (the a).
'Het' is always used for a diminutive ‘Het’ is also always used for words consisting of two syllables and starting with be-, ge-, ver-, ont- 'Het' is always used for languages, names of metals, words ending with -isme, -ment and for words derived from verbs. ‘Het’ is used for names of compass points: ‘het noorden’ (the North). 'Het' is also used for the gerund: 'het zwemmen' (swimming), 'het dansen' (dancing), etc. ‘Het’ is used for names of sports and games: ‘het schaken’ (chess), ‘het voetbal’ (football)
I'm not a Dutch teacher you know. But there is a websites that has all Dutch grammar in a good-English way. Go to this link and I hope that this will help! Good luck! http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=NounsAndArticles.01