By William Z. Shetter

First version This grammar arose from the necessity for a concise presentation of the necessities of the Dutch language that can be used either for self sustaining domestic learn and in teams or sessions below formal guide. With the previous target in brain, the reasons were made as self-explanatory as attainable, and a whole key to the workouts has been supplied in an appendix. within the curiosity of simplicity and simplicity of reference and overview, each one grammatical subject is mentioned as absolutely as plausible in a single position, and an attempt has been made to incorporate just one significant grammatical characteristic in anybody bankruptcy. yet on account that a pretty good origin can extra successfully be completed via examine lower than educated supervision or with a local speaker of the language, the presentation has additionally been made adapt­ capable of this kind of research. The short fill-in routines in every one lesson supply a version for any volume of drill, and the dialogues and readings integrated at abnormal durations in addition to the overview selec­ tions put after each few chapters promises the required further perform in supervised guide. aid should still as a minimum be sought with the pronunciation, the crucial stumbling-block within the means of both self sufficient or supervised research.

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It's certainly beautiful here, with all these trees. The leaves are already turning yellow and red. The weather is still very dry. Wait a few days. The autumn is always wet here. In the autumn we get a lot of rain . Yes, in an ordinary autumn it rains enough. And in the winter we'll get a lot of snow. Not always. In the winter we often get more rain than snow. But wear warm clothing. It's often just as cold as in the snow. The winter lasts a long time, but in the spring- it will get warm and everything will turn green.

No, he lives next door. And he's staying in the store today. But I hear Yes, she always knocks at the door. Today she has books from the library. Does she read a lot? Yes. Now she has the books in her room. Do you hear? The books are falling on the floor. Or is she throwing the books on the floor? No, they always fall. Everything falls in that room. And he lives next door. Does he read a lot too? He's renting a room next door. No, he never reads - or hardly ever. But he does read the newspapers.

Hij zij heeft het u hebt, heeft wijhebben jul/ie hebben zijhebben hij zij is het ubent, is wijzijn jul/iezijn zijzijn j j Notice that with u both hebt and heeft are in common use and that the same is true of bent and is, though the latter is less frequent. 45 The imperative The imperative is merely the stem of the verb : kijk eens res]! look! wacht eens (es] even! wait a minute! ga weg! scram! When the tone of command is to be softened and one of advice suggested, the pronoun u is used and -t is then added to the verb: komt u binnen!

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