Verb order with dependent clauses

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According to many, the word order is one of the hardest parts of the Dutch language. If you are also struggling with subordinate clauses, inversion and the like, this is the place to be.
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Verb order with dependent clauses

Post by MonkeyFodder » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:34 am

Been stumped dealing with the order of verbs in this sentence, "Ik wil hem kunnen zien werken". I think it means, "I want to be able to see him work". But if so, why does "werken" come at the end of the sentence? Shouldn't it be, "Ik wil hem werken kunnen zien"?

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Re: Verb order with dependent clauses

Post by BrutallyFrank » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:16 am

MonkeyFodder wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:34 am
Been stumped dealing with the order of verbs in this sentence, "Ik wil hem kunnen zien werken". I think it means, "I want to be able to see him work". But if so, why does "werken" come at the end of the sentence? Shouldn't it be, "Ik wil hem werken kunnen zien"?
Your sentence is not wrong, but native speakers will never use that word order. If you go to our Home page and click the 'grammar' tab, you'll find more info on word order and clauses. Such as this: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.57
"Moenie worrie nie, alles sal reg kom" (maar hy het nie gesê wanneer nie!)

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Re: Verb order with dependent clauses

Post by MonkeyFodder » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:00 pm

BrutallyFrank wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:16 am
MonkeyFodder wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:34 am
Been stumped dealing with the order of verbs in this sentence, "Ik wil hem kunnen zien werken". I think it means, "I want to be able to see him work". But if so, why does "werken" come at the end of the sentence? Shouldn't it be, "Ik wil hem werken kunnen zien"?
Your sentence is not wrong, but native speakers will never use that word order. If you go to our Home page and click the 'grammar' tab, you'll find more info on word order and clauses. Such as this: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.57
What would be the correct order?

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Re: Verb order with dependent clauses

Post by BrutallyFrank » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:03 pm

The one you already mentioned: Ik wil hem kunnen zien werken
"Moenie worrie nie, alles sal reg kom" (maar hy het nie gesê wanneer nie!)

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