Can you master the Dutch Present Tense?

Pattern to conjugate in the Dutch Present tense:

In the Dutch language, just as in any other, there exists a systematic pattern for conjugating verbs. This pattern serves as a dependable guide, especially when dealing with regular verbs. When it comes to these regular verbs, they adhere to a set of rules that make the process of conjugation relatively straightforward. This set of rules can be thought of as a formula, particularly applicable to weak verbs in Dutch.

How to conjugate weak verbs in Dutch present tense

Weak verbs, which are a subset of regular verbs, follow a specific pattern and formula during conjugation. Understanding and applying this formula can significantly simplify the conjugation of weak verbs, making the learning process more accessible for language learners.

The formula to conjugate regular weak Dutch verbs in the present tense:

ik stem + –

jij stem + t 

hij stem + t 

wij verb 

jullie verb 

zij verb

Want to learn exactly what verbs are strong and weak? Order the Dutch present tense chart.

How to conjugate strong verbs in the Dutch present tense

In addition to weak verbs, Dutch also features another category of verbs known as ‘strong verbs.’ Unlike weak verbs, strong verbs do not conform to the regular conjugation pattern mentioned earlier. Instead, each strong verb has its unique set of conjugation changes, typically involving vowel shifts, making them distinct and sometimes more challenging for learners. Learning strong verbs requires memorizing their specific conjugation forms and patterns, but they are an essential aspect of Dutch grammar, adding depth and variety to the language. Mastery of both weak and strong verbs is crucial for becoming proficient in Dutch, as they are commonly used in everyday conversation and written communication.

However, luckily, you are not dealing with confusing, vowel changing strong verbs in the Dutch present tense. Weak and strong verbs are conjugated the same way in the present tense.

The formula to conjugate regular strong Dutch verbs in the present tense:

ik stem + –

jij stem + t 

hij stem + t 

wij verb 

jullie verb 

zij verb

Regular Dutch verbs conjugated in the present tense.

Since you now have the formula to create the Dutch present tense conjugation you can now start conjugating regular verbs. Let’s put a list of 10 regular verbs together and conjugate them.

As you can see the formula from above is applied to all verbs and the pattern should now be clear you. Please know that this unlocks hundreds of conjugations for you.

Irregular Dutch verbs conjugated in their present tense:

However as with all languages there are regular verbs. Which means that there are also irregular verbs. Let’s see some famous irregular verbs and the way that they are conjugated in the Dutch persent tense. You will see that the pattern is sometimes still visible but adjusted and sometimes the whole thing simply doesn’t apply.

The Dutch verb “zijn” (to be) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch Subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Zijn
Ik (I)ben (am)
Jij/je (You)bent (are)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)is (is)
Wij (We)zijn (are)
Jullie (You all)zijn (are)
Zij (They)zijn (are)

The Dutch verb “hebben” (to have) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Hebben
Ik (I)heb (have)
Jij/je (You)hebt (have)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)heeft (has)
Wij (We)hebben (have)
Jullie (You all)hebben (have)
Zij (They)hebben (have)

The Dutch verb “blijven” (to stay) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch Subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Blijven
Ik (I)blijf (stay)
Jij/je (You)blijft (stay)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)blijft (stays)
Wij (We)blijven (stay)
Jullie (You all)blijven (stay)
Zij (They)blijven (stay)

The Dutch verb “doen” (to do) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch Subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Doen
Ik (I)doe (do)
Jij/je (You)doet (do)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)doet (does)
Wij (We)doen (do)
Jullie (You all)doen (do)
Zij (They)doen (do)

The Dutch verb “gaan” (to go) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch Subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Gaan
Ik (I)ga (go)
Jij/je (You)gaat (go)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)gaat (goes)
Wij (We)gaan (go)
Jullie (You all)gaan (go)
Zij (They)gaan (go)

The Dutch verb “geven” (to give) conjugated in the present tense:

Dutch Subject PronounConjugation for the verb: Geven
Ik (I)geef (give)
Jij/je (You)geeft (give)
Hij/zij/het (He/She/It)geeft (gives)
Wij (We)geven (give)
Jullie (You all)geven (give)
Zij (They)geven (give)

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Dutch present tense conjugation

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