Sommige: not always like some

"Sommige" looks like "some" but is not completely the same. Find out the differences between sommige and some in our free online Dutch course. Learn when to use "een paar" of "enkele".


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Sommige is often translated as "some". In some cases, this is correct. But there are exceptions.
Sommige can be used for:
a) certain
b) some of them
Sommige can not be used for
c) a small amount
  • Ik ben allergisch voor sommige groenten (a).
  • Ik heb veel boeken in mijn kast. Sommige heb ik nog niet gelezen (b).
  • Ik heb wat/een paar/enkele nieuwe woorden geleerd (c).

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