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Best: not the best

Dutch grammar and Dutch false friends: how to use the word best in Dutch. Learn Dutch grammar online for free. Dutch explanations and Dutch grammar exercises online.

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Be careful with the word "best" in Dutch.

As an adjective, it means "the best", like in English

  • Ik ben de beste speler.

  • I am the best player

  • Dit is de beste film.

  • This is the best movie.

  • Welk boek vind jij het beste?

  • Which book do you think is the best?

But if you use it in front of an adjective, the meaning changes! You weaken the adjective behind it.

  • Ik ben best een goede speler.

  • I am quite a good player.

  • De film is best mooi.

  • The movie is quite beautiful.

  • Het boek is best goed.

  • The book is quite good.

Note that you could also use "beste + name" as a way to start an e-mail or letter.

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