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If= Of, or Als?

I've seen if expressed as 'of', and 'als', in Dutch. When is 'als' used, and when is 'of' used? Thanks!! Matt

3 years ago

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If you can replace if with whether, then the Dutch uses 'of'. In other cases (usually a conditional subclause), we use 'als'.

3 years ago

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Um kinda both... I don't know a rule, but just kinda picked it up by writing/reading.

  • Als je dat doen wilt, ga het doen! ;D
  • Ik vraag me af of de wereld echt bestaat... @_@

I'm literally addicted to taaladvies, they have explanations on everything... http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/vraag/1408/als_of_ik_zal_kijken_zij_er_is/

It's in Dutch but I bet you can understand it.

3 years ago

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Both translations are correct, the translation depends on the context.

In most Dutch sentences, ''als'' announces a conditional. An abstract structure, as example, would be: ''if (something happens) then (consequence)'' - ''als (er iets gebeurd) dan (gevolg)'' In some sentences involving ''als'', you might even be able to substitute ''if'' with ''when'' ( when = wanneer)

Translating ''if'' into ''of'' usually indicates a questioning context. For example: ''I want to know if the shops are still open'' - ''ik wil weten of de winkels nog open zijn''

3 years ago

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Thanks everyone! Perfect!

3 years ago