Dutch Spelling Basics
In Dutch grammar, some basic spelling rules are applied to the plurals of nouns, conjugations of verbs, and inflections of adjectives. By learning and applying these simple rules, you can avoid beginner's mistakes.
Single and Double Letter Long Vowels
The long vowels /aa/, /ee/, /oo/, and /uu/ are written with two letters in a closed syllable and with a single letter in an open syllable.
- Open syllable: a syllable that ends in a vowel, e.g. de, ei, moe, mooi.
- Closed syllable: a syllable that ends in a consonant, e.g. bal, kop, baan, boek.
Application to the Plurals of Nouns
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Published on Friday, October 18, 2013. Updated on Thursday, October 24, 2019.