Dutch perfectum irregular

As you probably know, the perfect tense is very important when talking about things you have done in the past. In this article we will discuss how irregular verbs work in perfect tense. If you are not familiar with the regular forms yet, take a look at this article.


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Irregular perfectum in Dutch

You need the perfect tense all the time. Check out our article about when to use imperfectum and when perfectum if you want to learn more about when to use it. In this article we will explain how you can learn irregular verbs in Dutch.

This won't take long to explain, but it will take you a while to learn: you will have to learn the irregular verbs for perfectum and imperfectum by heart. Just a few examples:
  • Ik doe
  • Ik heb gedaan (perfectum)
  • Ik deed (imperfectum)
  • Ik eet
  • Ik heb gegeten (perfectum)
  • Ik at (imperfectum)
  • Ik drink
  • Ik heb gedronken (perfectum)
  • Ik dronk (imperfectum)
  • Ik word
  • Ik ben geworden (perfectum)
  • Ik werd (imperfectum)
Verbs that are irregular in perfectum are often also irregular in imperfectum (but not always, there are some exceptions).
In the video below you we will show you the most common irregular verbs in Dutch.
Click here for regular verbs in perfectum and learn how to you SoFT KeTCHuP or PoCKeTFiSH.

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Use the verb in brackets. All verbs are irregular in perfect tense.

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