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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsMake a suggestion-- to make a suggestion, we use the verb "zullen" in a question mode. This function is, of course, only with we and I, so "we" and "ik".

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds"zullen we?" "zal ik", for shall we? Shall I? The conjugated verb is in the first position, and the action verb is at the end. Some examples are [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zullen we samen eten? [DUTCH SPOKEN] Zal ik pizza maken? This means, shall we have dinner together? Shall I make a pizza? And of course, you might want to know how to react positively to such a suggestion. You can use these phrases when you're enthusiastic or at least agree. [DUTCH SPOKEN]. Ja, goed idee! [DUTCH SPOKEN]. Ja, dat is een goed idee! for yes, that's a good idea! "Ja, leuk" or "Ja, dat is leuk" meaning that is nice. "Ja, lekker" or "Ja, dat is lekker" meaning, that tastes good.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsAnd "Ja, graag", meaning, yes, please.

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