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In Dutch there are two words you can use for negation: niet and geen.

Geen is followed by a noun, like the English word “no”.

Geen probleem, geen idee. No problem, no idea.

Niet is used in all other situations, like the English word “not”.

Berlijn is niet ver van Groningen. Berlin is not far from Groningen.
Ik kan niet hardlopen. I cannot run.

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