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By William Z. Shetter

First version This grammar arose from the necessity for a concise presentation of the necessities of the Dutch language that may be used either for autonomous domestic learn and in teams or sessions below formal guideline. With the previous target in brain, the reasons were made as self-explanatory as attainable, and an entire key to the workouts has been supplied in an appendix. within the curiosity of simplicity and simplicity of reference and evaluate, each one grammatical subject is mentioned as absolutely as manageable in a single position, and an attempt has been made to incorporate just one significant grammatical characteristic in anyone bankruptcy. yet considering an effective beginning can extra successfully be accomplished via learn below expert supervision or with a local speaker of the language, the presentation has additionally been made adapt­ capable of this kind of examine. The short fill-in routines in every one lesson supply a version for any quantity of drill, and the dialogues and readings incorporated at abnormal periods in addition to the evaluate selec­ tions positioned after each few chapters promises the required additional perform in supervised guideline. support may still at least be sought with the pronunciation, the primary stumbling-block within the method of both self sufficient or supervised examine.

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When the adjective follows the noun it modifies: deze roman is niet interessant this novel is not interesting the children are small de kinderen zijn klein when the adjective precedes the noun but already ends in -en: een gouden ring a gold ring het gebroken glas de open deur the broken glass the open door when the adjective precedes a neuter singular noun and there is no article: koud water cold water good weather mooiweer and when the noun is a neuter singular and the adjective is preceded byeen: a good book een goed boek een bekend orkest a well-known orchestra an expensive restaurant een duur restaurant The adjective likewise has no ending when it modifies a neuter singular noun and is preceded by elk, ieder 'each', veel 'much', menig 'many a', welk 'which', zulk 'such', geen 'no': ieder interessant boek each interesting book which expensive restaurant?

De bibliotheek is in deze straat. De koffie is in een kopie, maar de melk is in een glas. Een kopie koffie of een glas melk? Een man heeft twee ogen en twee oren . Koffie voor moederen vader, maar melk voor de kinderen. De gebouwen in deze stad ziin groat. De kat is in de keuken . Dit mes is voor het brood . De vrouw heeft een stuk zeep. Deze stad heeft een bibliotheek en vier kerken. Dit huis is groot, maar de kamers ziin klein. N. '-t. \\\I'i. : 'mass' nouns 'count' nouns: tuin-tuinen, huis-huizen , dag-dagen, reis-reizen ...

Point to or look at the other persons and practice the forms of any verbs in this chapter. Here are some things to work on: 1 When you have become the ik in the picture, how are you going to address Elly? Mevrouw Van Sluis? Elly and Han together? Keep practicing this until it feels natural to use three different words where we are used to only one in English. 2 Practice both stressed and unstressed forms of all combinations: jij schrijft, je schrijft. 3 Practice turning these phrases into questions.

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