Dutch Prepositions

Learn Prepositions in Dutch, with Pronunciation

The Netherlands  Belgium  Suriname

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Dutch Prepositions


about over in in, over (time)
above / over boven / over in front of voor
according to volgens inside / within binnen
after na in spite of ondanks
against tegen near bij
along langs next to naast
around rond(om) of van
at bij, om, aan on top of / on op / aan
because of vanwege opposite tegenover
before voor out (of) uit
behind achter since sinds, sedert
between tussen through door
by met, door to / towards aan, naar(toe)
during gedurende, tijdens under onder
except for behalve voor  until tot, totdat
for voor with met
from van, uit, vandaan without zonder 


At translates as bij when it's a personal location, such as ik ben bij Jan (I'm at Johns place/I am with John). Om refers to time: om 12 uur (at noon); and aan refers to an impersonal location: aan tafel (at the table). By is met in the sense of ik doe het met de hand (I do it by hand) or ik ga met het vliegtuig (I go by plane). From is van when it refers to a person, een kado van jou (a gift from you); and uit when it is a location, ik kom uit Japan (I come from Japan.) Vandaan indicates from where, as in waar kom jij vandaan (where are you from?)


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