Dutch Questions

If you're trying to learn Dutch Questions which is also called Nederlands, check our courses about Questions and interrogative expressions... 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 Questions

Learning the Dutch Questions 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 Questions is in the structure of the grammar in Dutch.

Dutch questions may be either a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or else the request itself made by such an expression. Usually it starts with why, how, where, when ... The normal wordorder in Dutch is s.v.o hij eet brood, this order is changed when it is a question eet hij brood? Here are some examples:

English QuestionsDutch Questions
QuestionsVragen
how?hoe?
what?wat?
who?wie?
why?waarom?
where?waar?
where is he?waar is hij?
what is this?wat is dit?
why are you sad?waarom ben je verdrietig?
how do you want to pay?hoe wil je betalen?
can I come?kan ik komen?
is he sleeping?slaapt hij?
do you know me?Ken je mij?
do you have my book?Heb je mijn boek?
how big is it?hoe groot is het?
can I help you?kan ik u helpen?
can you help me?Kunt u mij helpen?
do you speak English?Spreek je Engels?
how far is this?Hoe ver is dit?
what time is it?hoe laat is het?
how much is this?hoeveel is dit?
what is your name?hoe heet je?
where do you live?Waar woon je?

Notice the structure of the Questions in Dutch has a logical pattern. Locate the Questions above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Nederlands.

Grammar Tips:

In Dutch there are different ways of asking a question to get a yes or no answer, and they are the following:

-Verb + pronoun: Unlike English, the auxiliaries do and does are not used.

Heeft u vrije tijd ? (Do you have free time?)

-Pronoun + verb: Only the intonation makes the sentence interrogative: U heeft vrije tijd ? (Do you have free time?)

-Finally you can also make a question by adding a tag question to the end of a statement. Ze heeft vrije tijd ? Toch ? (She has free time. Isn’t it)      Of niet soms ? (or is it not the case ?)


List of Questions in Dutch

Below is a list of the Questions and interrogative expressions in Dutch placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Dutch vocabulary.

English QuestionsDutch Questions
VocabularyWoordenschat
CountriesLanden
AustraliaAustralië
CambodiaCambodja
CanadaCanada
ChinaChina
EgyptEgypte
EnglandEngeland
FranceFrankrijk
GermanyDuitsland
GreeceGriekenland
IndiaIndia
IndonesiaIndonesië
ItalyItalië
JapanJapan
MexicoMexico
MoroccoMarokko
PeruPeru
SpainSpanje
ThailandThailand
USAVS
LanguagesTalen
ArabicArabisch
ChineseChinees
EnglishEngels
FrenchFrans
GermanDuits
GreekGrieks
HebrewHebreeuws
HindiHindi
ItalianItaliaans
JapaneseJapans
KoreanKoreaans
LatinLatijn
RussianRussisch
SpanishSpaans
UrduUrdu
Days(none are capitalized)
MondayMaandag
TuesdayDinsdag
WednesdayWoensdag
ThursdayDonderdag
FridayVrijdag
SaturdayZaterdag
SundayZondag
timetijd
houruur
minuteminuut
secondseconde

Questions and interrogative expressions have a very important role in Dutch. Once you're done with the Nederlands Questions, 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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