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Vocabulary Lists Top 10 Sentence Patterns for Beginners

Top 10 Sentence Patterns for Beginners

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Dutch: De Top 10 Zinstructuren voor Beginners
English: Top 10 Sentence Patterns for Beginners
In this lesson, you will learn the Top 10 Dutch Sentence Patterns for Beginners. Even though you may already know some Dutch vocabulary, perhaps you’re finding it difficult to string together coherent sentences. This lesson will break down the key components of 10 basic Dutch sentence patterns, while also giving you an example of each one. Take your Dutch to the next level by formulating clear, well-organized Dutch sentences!

P.S. Be sure to click on the links below to take relevant lessons to learn even more about each sentence pattern!
[A] ben/is/zijn B]
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: [A] ben/is/zijn B]
- English: [A(noun/subject)] am/is/are [B (adjective)]

■ Example
- Entry: Ik ben moe.
- English: I am tired.
[A] [B] [C]
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: [A] [B] [C]
- English: [A(noun/subject)] [B(verb)] [C(noun/object)]

■ Example
- Entry: De hond eet de taart.
- English: The dog eats the cake.
Hoeveel is [A]?
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Hoeveel is [A]?
- English: How much is [A]?

■ Example
- Entry: Hoeveel is dit?
- English: How much is this?
Waar is [A(noun)] ?
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Waar is [A(noun)] ?
- English: Where is [A(noun)] ?

■ Example
- Entry: Waar is het restaurant?
- English: Where is the restaurant?
[B(noun)] ben/is/zijn [A(adjective in comparative form)] dan [C(noun].
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: [B(noun)] ben/is/zijn [A(adjective in comparative form)] dan [C(noun].
- English: [B(noun)] am/is/are [A(adjective in comparative form)] than [C(noun].

■ Example
- Entry: Een olifant is groter dan een muis.
- English: An elephant is bigger than a mouse.
Ik wil [A].
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Ik wil [A].
- English: I want [A(noun)]

■ Example
- Entry: Ik wil een auto.
- English: I want a car.
Ik wil gaan [A].
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Ik wil gaan [A].
- English: I want to go [A(conjugated verb)]

■ Example
- Entry: Ik wil gaan zwemmen.
- English: I want to go swimming.
[A] niet.
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: [A] niet.
- English: Don't [A(conjugated verb]

■ Example
- Entry: Ga niet.
- English: Don't go.
Het is [A] uur.
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Het is [A] uur.
- English: It's [A] o'clock.

■ Example
- Entry: Het is vier uur.
- English: It's four o'clock.
Kun [A][B]?
■ Target Pattern
- Entry: Kun [A][B]?
- English: Can [A][B(verb)]?

■ Example
- Entry: Kun je voetballen?
- English: Can you play soccer?
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Tuesday at 10:14 AM
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Can you make sample sentences using these patterns? Verified
Sunday at 08:45 PM
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Hoi Pamela Bramall,

Thank you for your question. Not sure if I am following you though, can you find the verb and subject in an English sentence?



Pamela Bramall
Wednesday at 05:44 AM
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I need to understand when and if a part of a sentence has verb, subject, object form. Are there rules which tell you when to do this? Verified
Thursday at 09:37 AM
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Hello Cortez tafoya,

Thank you for your suggestion. We’ll consider your idea for the future development.

Let us know if you have any question.




Cortez tafoya
Sunday at 12:04 PM
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I would really like to see a more advanced set of sentences. These are all similar to English structure, but I want to see sentences like "ik was mijn handen omdat zij vies zijn" and maybe something like "kan ik deze bus naar het apotheek nemen?" Because these are totally different and difficult. Id like to see a set of rules of when to use such syntax patterns based off of sentence type and context because I'm struggling with it now.