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houd vs hou

When do we say "Ik houd van something" and when do we use "hou van sth"? I thought the first person correct form sounds 'houd' but then I found the first comment here http://9gag.com/gag/aoZq7Q3 . Thank you for answer.

December 28, 2014



ik hou ervan en ik houd ervan are both good.

I think the d is dropped in speaking and writing. Both are correct, hou is probably less formal in writing though. If writing to a friend, hou is ok. If you writing a job application, houd is probably better. Here's some examples...

  • Ik hou ervan
  • Ik hou van meisjes
  • Ik hou van de dokter
  • Ik hou van tulpenvelden en windmolen
  • Ik hou van je

This is just something more "slang" I think. It is nothing like dropping letters for jij/je. So, "Hou je van me?" has nothing to do with "Ik hou ervan" -- they just drop the d optionally because it is easier to say. It's still correct though, you'll see it a lot in the "select the best answer" questions.

So you can say ik hou and ik houd, doesn't matter.


There is however a slight difference between "ik hou" and "ik houd".

In case of "houden van" (to love), "ik hou" is preferred. In case of "houden" (to hold, to keep), "ik houd" is preferred.

Ik hou van jou.

Ik houd kippen.

But that is just a preference, both "hou" and "houd" are grammatically correct.


I had the same doubt as you once. At the time, I found an explanation which said that if the stem of the verb ends in "-oud" or "-ijd", you can drop the "d" in the first person singular and in the inverted form of jij/je.

For example: Ik hou(d) / Ik rij(d)

Hou(d) je? / Rij(d) je?


No, it's just a few verbs who do that: glijden, houden, rijden, snijden and uitscheiden (to slide/glide, to keep, to ride, to cut, and to stop/cease), and compositions of said verbs (like 'uitglijden' (to slip).

E.g. 'mijden' (to avoid) does not drop the 'd'.


Thank you very much for the clarifications!

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