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Hallo allemaal! Ik heet Gabriella. Hi everybody! I’m Gabriella.
Welcome to DutchPod101.com’s “Nederlands in 3 minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Dutch.
In the previous lessons, we’ve learned some of the main ways to use the verb zijn, “to be”. In this lesson we are going to look at a new verb, hebben, which means “to have.”
You can probably guess that hebben can be used to talk about things you own. That will be the topic of this lesson.
How would you ask someone if they have, for example, a car? Here it is.
Heb jij een auto? “Do you have a car?”
[slowly] Heb jij een auto?
Let’s take a closer look at this question.
Heb means “have”. You can see that hebben has been conjugated to heb.
jij, as you know from our previous lessons, means “you” and...
een auto, means “a car”
So if you do have a car, how can you answer this question?
Just switch the placement of the verb to make it follow the pronoun– it’s really that simple! You did it during the last lesson to talk about your age, remember?
“How old are you?” is Hoe oud ben jij?
And we answered with Ik ben...
So in this case, we go from Heb jij een auto? to Ik heb een auto, “I have a car.”
[slowly] Ik heb een auto.
So say for example, that a classmate wants to borrow a pen from you. He might ask, Heb jij een pen? which is “Do you have a pen?”
If you only have a red pen, you can answer Ik heb een rode pen. “I have a red pen."
Okay, so now let’s look at another way of using the verb hebben. Say that you want to have something. You can use hebben with the verb willen “to want.” To form the sentence “I want”.
Let’s say that you want an orange. The sentence would sound like this-
Ik wil een sinaasappel hebben. “I want to have an orange.”
[slowly] Ik wil een sinaasappel hebben.
Now it’s time for Gabriella’s Insights.
Please be careful! In Dutch we place the object between wil, “want”, and hebben, “to have”.
So Ik wil een sinaasappel hebben literally means “I want an orange to have.”
You might be wondering how to make the statement “I want to have” into the question “do you want?” You just switch the position of the pronoun and the verb wil. You can leave off the verb hebben!
Wil jij een sinaasappel? means “Do you want an orange?”
[slowly] Wil jij een sinaasappel?
In recent lessons, we have learned about the verbs zijn, “to be”, and hebben, “to have”.
In the next lesson, we will learn how to use these two verbs in their negative forms so that you can say “I’m not” and “I don’t have”.
Did you know that to turn a verb into the negative form in Dutch, you only have to add one little word? I’ll be waiting for you with the explanation in the next Nederlands in 3 minuten lesson.
Tot ziens!