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Alle - Al - Allen - Allemaal 

Alle Al Allen and Allemaal look alike but they are not the same. Learn what's the difference and Learn Dutch Online for Free - Dutch grammar

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Alle - Al - Allen - Allemaal 

The words alle, al, allen en allemaal look very similar, but they are not the same.

Alle 

  1. before plural nouns

  2. before uncountable nouns

Voorbeelden

  • Ik heb alle hoofdsteden van Europa bezocht. I have visited all capitals of Europe.

  • Alle moeite is voor niets geweest.  All the effort has been for nothing.

Al

  1. before a pronoun

  2. before a article

  3. Al has more meanings than described here. Read more over al here.

Voorbeelden

  • Ik verkoop al mijn boeken. I sell all my books.

  • Ik doe al het werk. I do all the work.

Allen

Synonym for everyone (only for persons)

Voorbeelden

  • Allen zijn vertrokken (zeer formeel) All have left (very formal)

  • Iedereen is vertrokken (neutraal, informeel) Everyone has left (neutral, informal)

Allemaal

You combine allemaal always with a pronoun or a noun in plural. The meaning comes close to "all of them/all of us/all of you".

Voorbeelden

  • We zijn allemaal naar huis gegaan.  All of us went home.

  • Ik kijk de films allemaal. I watched all the movies

  • Ik heb ze allemaal gelezen. I have read them all.

  • Jullie zijn allemaal vrolijk.  All of you are happy.

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