How do I say "if" in dutch?

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The Dutch use words like 'nou', 'toch', 'hoor', 'maar', 'wel', 'eens', or 'even' to modify the tone of a sentence. Their only function is to reflect the mood or attitude of the speaker. In spoken Dutch, there is hardly a phrase that does not contain one of these hard-to-explain words.
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How do I say "if" in dutch?

Post by Senhor Zen » Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:09 pm

Hi people!

How do I say in dutch for example: "You asked if I have a car" and other sentences with this begining "You asked if..."

And, there is a translation to "if"?

"If I want to go I call you" -- how would I translate that?

Thanks!

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Re: How do I say "if" in dutch?

Post by yohan » Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:39 pm

If can be translated in two different ways: 'als' en 'of'.

'You asked if I have a car' -> 'Je vroeg of ik een auto heb'.
'If I want to go I call you' -> 'Als ik wil gaan, dan bel ik je'.

It's similar to 'if' and 'whether'. If in an English sentence 'if' can be replaced by 'whether', you should use 'of' in Dutch. In other cases, it's usually 'als'.

'You asked if I have a car' -> 'You asked whether I have a car' -> 'Je vroeg of ik een auto heb'.

If anyone has anything to add, please feel free, I'm not sure if this is completely covering the 'if'-issues :)

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Re: How do I say "if" in dutch?

Post by Senhor Zen » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:18 am

yohan wrote:If can be translated in two different ways: 'als' en 'of'.

'You asked if I have a car' -> 'Je vroeg of ik een auto heb'.
'If I want to go I call you' -> 'Als ik wil gaan, dan bel ik je'.

It's similar to 'if' and 'whether'. If in an English sentence 'if' can be replaced by 'whether', you should use 'of' in Dutch. In other cases, it's usually 'als'.

'You asked if I have a car' -> 'You asked whether I have a car' -> 'Je vroeg of ik een auto heb'.

If anyone has anything to add, please feel free, I'm not sure if this is completely covering the 'if'-issues :)
Thank you very much. I have asked that to many people and they never knew how to explain it in a simple way. Now I understand!

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Re: How do I say "if" in dutch?

Post by Gules » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:54 am

Dit is zeer behulpzaam. Bedankt.

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