Dutch: An Essential Grammar (Essential Grammars) by William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham

By William Z. Shetter, Esther Ham

I latterly all started learning Dutch so that it will converse higher with my Dutch boyfriend, and so i presumed this booklet will be a pleasant complement to Stern's brief yet informative "Essential Dutch Grammar." The e-book is properly geared up for the total newbie, beginning with a pronunciation part (which really is beautiful vague), then getting into spelling principles and the way to shape plural nouns, sooner than even attending to sentence constitution and verb conjugation. So it's a great factor to examine in case you have by no means encountered Dutch before.

BUT! This publication is loaded with spelling blunders that I, with my vocabulary of might be 50 Dutch phrases, used to be in a position to spot instantly. for instance, in a vocabulary checklist illustrating the spelling ideas, it says the Dutch note for cause is "redden". NO it is not, it truly is "reden" with just one D. The very subsequent web page says the singular AND plural for bicycle is "fietsen", whilst truly the singular is "fiets" and the simply the plural is "fietsen". the feared factor is that these are only the 2 that i spotted, who understands what number extra errors there are. they could simply be small spelling blunders, but if you're studying a brand new language and your learn consultant has these kind of blunders, it makes you ask yourself what else is wrong.

Fortunately, notwithstanding, the principles regularly appear to be precise, compared to what Stern's "Grammar" says, so i'd nonetheless supply this booklet a shot, since it does supply loads of examples of every grammar rule. simply do not use it for a vocabulary resource.

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So: lopen to walk is pronounced as if [lope] spreken (we, they) speak [spreke] gesproken spoken [gesproke] houten wooden [houte] brieven letters [brieve] ziekenhuis hospital [ziekehuis] These words are, however, never written without the -n. Notice that the remaining sound is the short vowel common in unstressed syllables (Chapter 1). 1 Let’s try it Add the ending -en to the following words: tak maan reus brief feest kous zoon pit bloem das woord Add the ending -e to the following words: 20 leuk vies dik boos raar serieus mooi arm 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 12111 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 41111 Making the spelling adjustments Pronunciation of the ending -en putting an ending (most often -e, -en, -er) onto a syllable that contains a vowel spelled with two letters – an ending beginning with -e attracts a consonant to it and a two-letter vowel gives one up easily, so the consonant ‘turns the corner’ – but now the second of two identical vowels becomes superfluous, so it is stored away (to give back when we take the ending off again) – resulting in this economical spelling.

Dutch books are expensive. A. When the demonstrative points out but does not directly modify, it is always in the neuter form and is situated at the beginning of the sentence: Dit is de bibliotheek. This is the library. Dit is mijn oudste zus. (showing pictures) Zij studeert aan de universiteit van Delft. This is my oldest sister. She is studying at the university of Delft. Dutch often uses a neuter article or demonstrative with a plural verb form when the plural noun referred to is thought of as a group rather than as individuals: Dat zijn mijn kinderen.

Use a dictionary if necessary. ” As in English, there is no plural. 3 Demonstratives Demonstratives follow the same pattern, except that they make a distinction based on whether the noun they modify is close by or far away. Singular Close (= this) Plural Far (= that) Common deze tuin die school gender Neuter dit huis Close (= these) Far (= those) deze tuinen die scholen dat gebouw deze huizen die gebouwen Demonstratives can be used in Dutch without a noun. The noun is implied, however, usually because the speaker is pointing to the noun or has mentioned it earlier in the context, so that it is clear what the speaker is talking about: Nederlandse boeken zijn duur.

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