Ik heb vs. Heb ik

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Ik heb vs. Heb ik

Post by crystaldreg » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:14 pm

Hello vereld,

I am new to this forum as well as to Dutch language.

I hear the 'I have' in conversations a lot. But, I often heard both versions, for example:

'Ik heb geleerd.' and also 'Heb ik geleerd.'

Also (more often though) in:

'Ik heb witte broodje.' as well as 'Heb ik witte broodje.'

I wonder if these two versions are a question of dialect, or do they mean totally different things or they are basically interchangeable. Or perhaps one is more polite/formal and the other is more familiar/informal?


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Re: Ik heb vs. Heb ik

Post by ngonyama » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:19 pm

Normally it is " ik heb"

Ik heb een fiets.
Ik heb gisteren een fiets gekregen.

But inversion to "heb ik" occurs either in a question

"Heb ik dat gezegd?" - did I say that?

Or if something is moved to the beginning of the sentence for the sake of emphasis

Gisteren heb ik een fiets gekregen.
Dat heb ik niet gezegd.

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