Dutch Word Order

Learn the rules of Dutch word order

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Dutch Word Order

 

Dutch word order requires Time - Manner - Place. English generally uses place before time, but Dutch cannot.

Hij gaat morgen met de trein naar Londen.
He's going to London tomorrow by train. (Literally: he's going tomorrow by train to London.)

The verb must always be in the second position in a Dutch sentence. This not does not mean that it must always be the second word, however. (Inversion of subject and verb to form questions is an exception.)

In de winter gaat hij met de trein naar Londen. In the winter he's going to London by train. (Literally: In the winter goes he by train to London.)

Separable prefixes, past participles and infinitive always go to the end of the clause or sentence. The double infinitive construction always goes to the end of the clause or sentence as well.


 

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