Lesson 08 – conjugation of verbs

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Conjugation of verbs in Dutch: video lesson 8, is the first part of the most common verbs in Dutch. In this lesson the conjugation in the present tense is explained, which is not that difficult: singular with ik = stem, with jij/hij/zij = stem + t, plural = stem + en. There are a few exceptions of one-syllable verbs that get stem +n in plural (such as zien, doen).

Please note: this is just a brief introduction (vocabulary), giving the basics of the conjugation of regular Dutch verbs in the present tense. More about open/closed syllable verb conjugations, consonant changes, irregular verbs and the use of the present tense (place of the finite verb in the sentence) is discussed in detail in our online course #dutchgrammar.

Vocabulary list

Nederlands English
lopen to walk
hebben to have
worden to become
gaan to go
vragen to ask
de vraag the question
antwoorden to answer
het antwoord the answer
kopen to buy
krijgen to get, to receive
eten to eat
drinken to drink
rijden to drive
vergeten to forget
horen to hear
luisteren to listen
zien to see
kijken to look
weten to know
leren to learn
slapen to sleep
lezen to read
schrijven to write
spreken to speak
praten to talk
zeggen to say
denken to think
werken to work
wachten to wait

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