Help.. It's about Dutch Verbs...

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Help.. It's about Dutch Verbs...

Post by himlink » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:49 am

I'm a real real beginner,
I would like to get your help on conjugating the Dutch verbs with Past Participles,
which of the verbs take the helping verb zijn and which take hebben ?
is there a list of verbs that go each way?
or I'm I asking the wrong question?
thank you.

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Re: Help.. It's about Dutch Verbs...

Post by ngonyama » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:45 am

The ones that take "zijn" in the perfect are verbs that describe a process rather than an action

De boter smelt - de boter is gesmolten
De ramp gebeurde - de ramp is gebeurd

Many verbs of motion can either take zijn or hebben.
If the motion has a direction, it is seen more as a transport process and you get 'zijn'

ik loop naar huis - ik ben naar huis gelopen

If the motion is of undefined direction, the verb usually focuses on the action of the motion and you get 'hebben'

Ik loop daar vaak - ik heb daar vaak gelopen.

See e.g. ... Nederlands for verbs that take zijn

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