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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsConjugation of the verbs to be and to have. We will examine how the verbs to be and to have are conjugated in the present tense. The verb "zijn" means to be. And the verb "hebben" means to have. Let's start with some examples you've already heard or read, using "zijn". [DUTCH SPOKEN] Dat is ook leuk. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben Magda. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wie zijn zij? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wie ben jij? And a few examples with "hebben". [DUTCH SPOKEN]Ze heeft ook een baan. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Heb jij hobby's? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik heb twee broers. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Hebben jullie ook katten? Let's have a closer look at the conjugation of to be, "zijn". [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Jij / je - u bent.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds[DUTCH SPOKEN] Hij - zij / ze - het is. And the plurals, all taking one form. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wij / we zijn. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Jullie zijn. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zij / ze zijn. Some examples. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben Mark. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Mijn naam is Sara. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wij zijn Anna en Nina. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wie ben jij? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben student. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wat is je adres? And now moving onto to have, hebben. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik heb. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Jij / je - u hebt. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Hij / zij / ze - het heeft. And the plurals. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wij / we hebben. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Jullie hebben. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zij / ze hebben.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsAnd some examples of sentences with the verb "hebben". [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik heb een broer. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wij hebben kinderen. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Wat heb jij? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Heeft zij vrije tijd?

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Watch the video about the conjugation of the verbs hebben (to have) and zijn (to be) and read the explanation below.

Conjugation of the verbs hebben (to have) and zijn (to be)

We already explained the conjugation of the regular verbs in the present tense.

Hebben and zijn have irregular conjugations.



Ik heb  
Jij-je-u hebt Heb jij-je?
Hij-zij-ze-het heeft  


Wij-we hebben
Jullie hebben
Zij-ze hebben



Ik ben  
Jij-je-u bent Ben jij-je?
Hij-zij-ze-het is  


Wij-we zijn
Jullie zijn
Zij-ze zijn

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