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Watch and read: ‘hawwe’ and ‘wêze’

Watch and / or read the explanation and examples on this part of Frisian grammar: the verbs hawwe and wêze. Also: learn how to practice Frisian gramma
Today we’ll be looking at the conjugation of the verbs “hawwe”, to have, and “wêze”, to be. We’ve already explained the conjugation of the regular verbs in the present tense. Hawwe and weze, however, have irregular conjugations. First, “hawwe”. “Ik ha, do hast, hy hat, sy/se hat, it hat, wy/we ha, jim ha, sy/se ha, jo ha”.
Here are some examples. “Hast bruorren en susters?” “Ja, ik ha ien broer.” “Sy hat gjin baan.” “Ha jim ek bisten?” “Hy hat in hûn.” “Ha se frije tiid?”
Second, the verb “wêze”, to be. “Ik bin, do bist, hy is, sy/se is, it is, wy/we binne, jim binne, sy/se binne, jo binne”.
Let’s look at some examples again. “Ik bin Simon.” “Wat binne dyn hobbys?” “Do bist Aafke.” “Wat is dyn adres?” “Wa binne dat?” “Syn namme is David.”

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

Conjugation of the verbs hawwe (to have) and wêze (to be)

We already explained the conjugation of the regular verbs in the present tense. Hawwe and wêze have irregular conjugations.



ik ha
do hast
hy-sy/se-it hat


wy/we ha
jim ha
sy-se ha
jo ha



ik bin
do bist
hy-sy/se-it is


wy/we binne
jim binne
sy-se binne
jo binne

Practise with Quizlet

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