Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide by Jenneke A. Oosterhoff

By Jenneke A. Oosterhoff

Modern Dutch Grammar: a realistic Guide is an leading edge reference advisor to Dutch, combining conventional and function-based grammar in one quantity. With a powerful emphasis on modern utilization, all grammar issues and features are richly illustrated with examples.

The Grammar is split into elements. Part I covers conventional grammatical different types reminiscent of nouns and verbs. Part II is thoroughly prepared round language capabilities and contexts such as:

Giving and looking details Describing approaches and effects Expressing attitudes, psychological states and feelings Registers and magnificence Formal and casual communique, e.g. early life talk

Main beneficial properties of the Grammar include:
• transparent, succinct and jargon-free motives
• vast cross-referencing among the several sections
• Emphasis on components of specific trouble for novices of Dutch

This is the precise reference grammar for novices of Dutch in any respect degrees, from simple to complex; no past wisdom of grammatical terminology is thought and it offers indices of grammatical phrases and features. This Grammar is complemented via a spouse site that includes comparable workouts and actions to augment studying.

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Just any Al, alle(n), alles, allemaal The pronouns al, alle(n), alles, and allemaal have a similar meaning ‘all,’ however, they differ in their grammatical use. The pronoun al appears with uncountable het-nouns, demonstrative pronouns, and possessive pronouns. Al het ijs is in een paar nachten gesmolten. All the ice has melted in a few nights. Wat doen al die mensen hier? What are all those people doing here? 6 Ik heb al mijn huiswerk af. I have finished all my homework. The indefinite pronoun alle appears with uncountable and abstract de-nouns in the singular, countable nouns in the plural, and numbers.

Or are you going tomorrow? Ik ga eerst sporten, dan naar college en daarna nog even naar de kroeg. I’m going to work out first, then to school, and after that to the pub for a bit. Sommigen ontbijten nooit, anderen zelden, maar de meesten ontbijten altijd. Some people never eat breakfast, others rarely, but most people always do. Many adverbs of time cannot be categorized in any particular sub-group. Some are each other’s synonym (or very similar in meaning), and some have more than one meaning.

I left my phone somewhere. Wie z’n omelet staat hier koud te worden? Whose omelet is getting cold here? Karin d’r fiets is alweer gestolen. Karin’s bike was stolen again. Note that onze is used with de-words and plurals, while ons is used with het-words. Onze ouders gaan ons huis volgend jaar verkopen. Our parents are going to sell our house next year. The possessive pronoun uw is for both singular and plural. For second person plural, the possessive pronoun is jullie or je. When the subject of the sentence is jullie, the preferred possessive pronoun is je to avoid repetition of jullie.

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