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Regret in Dutch: had ik maar!

If I only had...! Learn how to express regret in Dutch with this Dutch online lesson of The Dutch Online Academy.

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Had ik maar / Was ik maar 

You express clear regret about a past action with had ik maar + perfectum and was ik maar + perfectum.

The word maar expresses regret here.

  • Was ik maar nooit op vakantie gegaan.  If only I had never gone on vacation.

  • Had ik de deur maar op slot gedaan! If only I had locked the door!

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