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Huis or thuis?

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The difference between thuis and huis in Dutch

Sometimes they both seem to translate as "home". Look:

  • Ik ga naar huis.

  • I am going home.

  • Ik ben thuis.

  • I am home.

What is the difference? It's easy: thuis could be translated as at home. Therefore it is almost never combined with a preposition.

Huis could be translated as house. But also as home when combined with a preposition.

Examples:

  • Ik blijf thuis (no preposition).

  • I stay at home.

  • Ik ben graag thuis (no preposition).

  • I like to be home.

  • Ik ga naar huis (a preposition).

  • I am going home.

  • Ik heb geen eten in huis (a preposition).

  • Ik heb geen eten thuis (no preposition).

  • I don't have food at home.

  • hoe laat vertrek jij vanuit huis? (a preposition)

  • What time do you leave home?

  • Dit is mijn huis.

  • This is my house.

Practice with exercises

Oefening / Exercise

Kies uit: thuis of huis? Choose from: thuis or huis?

a. Ik ben ___.

b. Hij gaat naar ___.

c. In mijn _ voel ik me _.

Solutions

Antwoorden / Answers

Kies uit: thuis of huis? Choose from: thuis or huis?

a. Ik ben thuis.

b. Hij gaat naar huis.

c. In mijn huis voel ik me thuis.