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Referring to objects

Dutch pronouns are not that hard to grasp, but when it comes to referring to things, you'll probable have to get used to using hem or hij!

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Singular

Het-words

  • Het raam is kapot.

  • Het is kapot.*

  • Ik moet het repareren.*

De-words

  • De telefoon is duur.

  • Hij is duur.

  • Ik koop hem niet.

Plural

  • De ramen zijn kapot.

  • Ze zijn kapot.

  • Ik moet ze repareren.

  • De telefoons zijn duur.

  • Ze zijn duur.

  • Ik koop ze niet.

*Sometimes you will hear Dutch people refer to het-words with hij/hem. This is very common, especially in speech.

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