Dutch Feminine

If you're trying to learn Dutch Feminine which is also called Nederlands, check our courses about genders: Feminine and Masculine... to help you with your Dutch grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Dutch. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Dutch Feminine

Learning the Dutch Feminine is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Dutch language. But first we need to know what the role of Feminine is in the structure of the grammar in Dutch.

Dutch feminine refers to female qualities attributed specifically to women and girls or things considered feminine. The complement to feminine is masculine.

Grammar Tips:

To form a feminine word from the masculine in Dutch, you simply add (-e, a –in or a -es) if the word ends in a consonant. Male nouns ending in –er get –ster. Here are some examples:

 

student (student) becomes : studente

agent (police officer) becomes : agente

piloot (pilote) becomes : pilote

 

neger (black) becomes : negerin

 

regent (regent) becomes : regentes

leraar (teacher) becomes : lerares

meester (master) becomes : meesteres

 

speler (player) becomes : speelster

voorzitter (president) becomes : voorzitster

 

Some nouns remain unchanged when put in feminine. These are mainly words borrowed from other languages :

minister, professor, …

 

Once again, if you wishes to learn Dutch, you have to memorize the gender of each word, and the easiest way to do so, is by memorizing the definite article with it as well as the plural.

de man (the man) – masculine – mannen (men)

het meisje (the girl) – neutral !!!! [although this sounds silly] – meisjes (girls)

het leven (life) – neutral – levens (lives)

de vrouw (the woman) – feminine – vrouwen (women)

het huis (the house) – neutral – huizen

de auto (the car) – masculine – auto’s


Here are some examples:

English FeminineDutch Feminine
FeminineVrouwelijk
he is happyhij is gelukkig
she is happyzij is gelukkig
he is Americanhij is Amerikaans
she is Americanzij is Amerikaanse
manman
womanvrouw
fathervader
mothermoeder
brotherbroer
sisterzus
uncleoom
aunttante
bullstier
cowkoe
boyjongen
girlmeisje

Notice the structure of the Feminine in Dutch.

List of Feminine in Dutch

Below is a list of objects, can you determine whether they're feminine, masculine or plural in Dutch? Memorizing this table will also help you add very useful and important words to your Dutch vocabulary.

English VocabularyDutch Vocabulary
objectsobjecten
bathroombadkamer
bedbed
bedroomslaapkamer
ceilingplafond
chairstoel
clotheskleren
coatjas
cupbeker/kop
deskbureau
dresskleding/jurk
floorverdieping/vloer
forkvork
furnituremeubilair
glassglas
hathoed
househuis
inkinkt
jacketjas
kitchenkeuken
knifemes
lamplamp
letterbrief
mapkaart
newspaperkrant
notebooknotitieboek
pantsbroek
paperpapier
penpen
pencilpotlood
pharmacyapotheek
picturefoto
platebord
refrigeratorkoelkast
restaurantrestaurant
roofdak
roomkamer
rugvloerkleed
scissorsschaar
shampooshampoo
shirthemd/shirt
shoesschoenen
soapzeep
sockssokken
spoonlepel
tabletafel
toilettoilet
toothbrushtandenborstel
toothpastetandpasta
towelhanddoek
umbrellaparaplu
underwearondergoed
wallmuur
walletportemonnee
windowvenster/raam
telephonetelefoon

Feminine and Masculine have a very important role in Dutch. Once you're done with the Nederlands Feminine, you might want to check the rest of our Dutch lessons here: Learn Dutch. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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