Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Articles. Articles, singular and plural. Articles, definite and indefinite form, and the consequences thereof. In Dutch, we have two definite articles, “de” and “het”, and one indefinite article, “een”. For example it’s “het centrum”, but “de universiteit”. It’s “het theater”, but “de bibliotheek”. And here are also two examples with the indefinite article, “een baan”, and “een leuk huisje.”
Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds A singular noun is either a “de-woord”, “de universiteit”, or a “het-woord”, “het theater”. “De-woorden” are male or female, and “het-woorden” are neuter. Diminutives, however, are always “het-woorden”, “het huisje”. Plural nouns are always “de-woorden”, so it’s “de universiteiten”, “de theaters”, and “de huisjes”, regardless of their singular form.
Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds The indefinite article of every singular noun is “een”. So it’s “een universiteit”, “een theater”, and “een huisje”. The plural has no indefinite article.
Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds Whether a word is “het” or “de” has some consequences. The question word “welke” is used with “de-woord”. And “welk” is used with “het-woord”. So it’s “welke koffie?” And “welk adres?” Since plurals are always “de-woorden”, it is always “welke”, such as “welke katten?”
Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds The possessive pronoun “onze” is used with “de-woorden”. “Ons” is used with “het-woorden”. So it’s “onze stad”, and “ons adres”, and of course “onze katten”.
Skip to 2 minutes and 24 seconds Here are some examples from the dialogues. “Ik ga graag naar het theater.” “Ik heb een baan als vertaler.”
Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds Indefinite article have only one form in Dutch. “Ik houd niet van marathons.” No indefinite article with the plural form.
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In Dutch we have two definite articles – de and het – and one indefinite article – een.
A singular noun is either a de-woord (de universiteit) or a het-woord (het theater).
De-woorden are male or female and het-woorden are neuter.
Diminutives are always het-woorden (het huisje).
Plural nouns are always de-woorden. So it is de universiteiten, de theaters and de huisjes, regardless the singular form.
The indefinite article of every singular noun is een.
So it is een universiteit, een theater and een huisje.
The plural has no indefinite article.
Whether a word is a het- or de-woord has some consequences.
The question word welke is used with a de-woord and welk is used with a het-woord.
So it is de universiteit, welke universiteit? And het theater, welk theater?
The possessive pronoun onze is used with a de-woord and ons is used with a het-woord.
So it is onze universiteit and ons theater.
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