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Essential Dutch Grammar


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Contents Meet the authors Only got a minute? Only got five minutes? Only got ten minutes? Introduction 1 Sentence composition 1.1 What's the use of grammar? 1.2 Double Dutch? 1.3 What's in a sentence? 1.4 Spelling 1.5 Spelling: consonants 2 Nouns and adjectives 2.1 Nouns and articles 2.2 Demonstratives 2.3 Adjectives 2.4 More information on adjectives 2.5 Adjectives: something nice... 2.6 Comparative and superlative 2.7 More on comparisons 2.8 Plural nouns 2.9 Compound nouns 2.10 Diminutives 3 Numbers 3.1 Numbers: one, two three 3.2 Numbers: first, second, third 3.3 Numbers: 1/2, 7-, 15% 3.4 Weights, measurements, time 4 Pronouns 4.1 Personal pronouns 4.2 Possession 5 Verbs (1) - introduction and present tense 5.1 Basic information on verbs 5.2 Present tense 5.3 Present tense - use 6 Verbs (2) - modal verbs and talking about the future 6.1 Modal verbs 6.2 Modal verbs - use 6.3 Talking about the future 7 Verbs (3) - perfect and imperfect 7.1 Use of the perfect and imperfect 7.2 The present perfect 7.3 The present perfect - hebben or zijn 7.4 The present perfect - past participles 7.5 The past perfect 7.6 The imperfect 8 Verbs (4) - separable and inseparable 8.1 Separable verbs 8.2 Inseparable verbs 9 Verbs (5) - reflexive, imperative, infinitive 9.1 Reflexive verbs 9.2 Imperative 9.3 Infinitive constructions 10 Verbs (6) - conditional, zou, word order, passive 10.1 The conditional 10.2 Zou: more uses 10.3 Verb word order 10.4 The passive 10.5 The passive - use 11 Negation 11.1 Negatives - geen and niet 11.2 Other negatives 12 Prefixes and suffixes 13 Er 13.1 Er - as a subject 13.2 Er - referring to things 13.3 Er - position 13.4 Er - some other considerations 14 Prepositions 14.1 Prepositions - general 14.2 Prepositions - space and location 14.3 Prepositions - other types 14.4 Fixed prepositions 15 Clauses and conjunctions 15.1 Basic information on clauses 15.2 Conjunctions: linking similar clauses 15.3 Linking main and sub-clauses - general 15.4 Linking main and sub-clauses - functions 15.5 Linking with adverbs 15.6 Relative clauses 16 Adverbs 16.1 Adverbs - general 16.2 Adverbs- types 16.3 Adverbs - place and order 17 Word order 17.1 Word order: main clauses 17.2 Word order: sub-clauses 17.3 Word order: final position in sentence 18 Style 18.1 Formal and informal 18.2 Foreign words 18.3 Exclamations 18.4 Interjections 18.5 Strong language 18.6 Topic - comment 18.7 Style 19 Best of the rest 19.1 Punctuation and accents 19.2 Dictionaries 19.3 Using dictionaries 19.4 Abbreviations 19.5 Irregular verbs 20 Pointing the way 20.1 Where to start 20.2 Logging learning experiences Test yourself Can you do the following? Taking it further Key to exercises Glossary of grammatical terms Index

About the Author

Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik have extensive experience in language teaching. Gerdi currently lectures in Dutch at University College, London, where Dennis taught Dutch for ten years.

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