Rules for Articles in Dutch

When it comes to definite articles, Dutch has an extra layer of complexity compared to English. In English, there is only one definite article: the. In Dutch, there are two definite articles: de and het. Whether you use de or het depends on the gender of the noun.

There are three genders in Dutch: masculine, feminine, and neuter. De is used with masculine and feminine nouns. Het is used with neuter nouns. Each noun has a gender and some nouns have two genders. Both, de and het, can be used with the nouns that are masculine and neuter.

There are a few rules that govern the articles of some of the nouns. You have to memorize the articles of the rest. First, let's go over the rules and then discuss how to memorize the articles of the nouns.

Study Tip: Try to answer the questions at the end of each page before moving to the next page.

Which article do the plural nouns take?

The answer is on the next page.


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Published on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Updated on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

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