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Adjectives: with or without e

When do you write Dutch adjectives with an -e?

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How to write adjectives in Dutch: with or without -e

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The rules for writing adjectives become clearer by a few examples.
We take a look at a DE-word (de film) and a HET-word (het boek).
  • Ik kijk de mooie film.
  • Ik kijk een mooie film.
  • Ik lees het mooie boek.
  • Ik lees een mooi boek.
As you can see you write the adjective without E if it is an indefinite het-word.
You also write no E if there is no noun behind the adjective.
  • Ik kijk de mooie film.
  • Ik vind de film mooi.
  • Ik lees het mooie boek.
  • Ik vind het boek mooi.
Did you know you can use verbs as an adjective too? Convert the verbs you know into adjectives! It's easy.

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Do the adjectives get an -e an the end or not? Pick the right option!

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