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.


  • 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 ___.


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.


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