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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Let’s start this section with some adjectives. “Moai, nij, grut, lyts, lekker, goed.”

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds Here are some sentences from the dialogues. “It is in moaie baan.”

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 seconds It’s a nice job. “In lytse krante.” A small newspaper. “In goed idee.” A good idea. “Hiel grut.” Very big. “Oare moanne.” Next month. Sometimes, we add an extra -e to the adjective; but sometimes, we don’t. First, a situation when we don’t. When the adjective is not immediately followed by a noun, we don’t add this extra -e. Look at the examples.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds “It stadion is grut.” The stadium is big. “De wenkeamer is sinnich.” The living room is sunny.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds “De baan is moai.” The job is nice.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds “It idee is goed.” The idea is good. When the adjective is followed by a noun, the main rule is an extra -e is added, but there is always an exception. When the adjective precedes a de-word, an -e is always added. It’s “de moaie baan” and “in moaie baan”.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 seconds When the adjective precedes an it-word and “it” is used, an extra -e is added as well. “It goede idee.” But when the adjective precedes an it-word and “it” is not used– for example the indefinite article “in” is used instead– no extra -e is added. It’s “in goed idee”.

Skip to 2 minutes and 19 seconds The rule is: a singular indefinite it-word generates an adjective without an -e. Here is another example. “Dat is in grut teater,”

Skip to 2 minutes and 32 seconds meaning: that’s a big theatre. “Teater” is an it-word: “it grutte teater”, because the definite article “it” is used. But “in grut teater”, when the indefinite article “in” is used. Since plurals always have the article “de”, the adjective with a noun in plural use always gets an extra -e. In definite and in indefinite form. It doesn’t matter. So, it is– “De bern, de lytse bern, lytse bern.”

Skip to 3 minutes and 16 seconds –small children. “De foto’s, de nije foto’s, nije foto’s.” New photos.

Skip to 3 minutes and 28 seconds “De bisten, de grutte bisten, grutte bisten.” Large animals. Here are some more examples with it-words and an adjective. “It hûs.” The house. “It nije hûs.” The new house. “In nij hûs.” A new house.

Skip to 3 minutes and 57 seconds “It wykein.” The weekend. “It noflike wykein.” The nice weekend. “In noflik wykein.” A nice weekend.

Skip to 4 minutes and 11 seconds “Noflik wykein!” Nice weekend!

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Here are some adjectives you heard or read in the dialogues.

It is in moaie baan. It is a nice job.
In lytse krante. A small newspaper.
In goed idee. A good idea.
Hiel grut. Very big.
Oare moanne. Next month.

Form of the adjective

In some cases, an -e is added to an adjective.

When the adjective is not followed by a noun, when it is used independently, no -e is added.

De baan is moai. The job is nice.
It idee is goed. The idea is good.

When the adjective is followed by a noun, the main rule is: an -e is added.

It is in moaie baan. It is a nice job
Oare moanne. Next month

In one case no -e is added: when the noun is a singular, indefinite it-wurd.

For example

It idee

it goede idee in goed idee

It appartemint

it moaie appartemint in moai appartemint

So, when the noun is a de-wurd, an -e is always added.

De pizza

de lekkere pizza in lekkere pizza

De baan

de moaie baan in moaie baan

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