Dutch Negation

If you're trying to learn Dutch Negation which is also called Nederlands, check our courses about Negation and negative 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!

Dutch Negation

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

Dutch negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy). Dutch has the following negation nee, niet and geen. Nee means no, niet is used to negate verbs, Ik doe dat niet, I won’t do it, ik kom niet, I don’t come. Geen is used for nouns ik heb geen boek,I don’t have a book. Here are some examples:

English NegationDutch Negation
he is not herehij is niet hier
that is not my bookdat is niet mijn boek
do not enterniet binnenkomen

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

Grammar Tips:

In Dutch, negation can be made simply by placing "niet" before the main verb.

Ik kan dit niet doen.  (I can't do this). 

Ik hou er niet van. (I don’t like it).


In some other situations (where quantities are involved) one uses “geen” (none).

Ik heb geen tijd. (I have no time)

List of Negation in Dutch

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

English NegationDutch Negation
I don't speak(niet/geen depending on context)
I don't writeIk schrijf niet
I don't driveIk rijd niet
I don't loveIk hou niet van
I don't giveIk geef geen
I don't smileik glimlach niet
I don't takeIk neem niet
he doesn't speakHij spreekt niet
he doesn't writeHij schrijft niet
he doesn't driveHij rijdt niet
he doesn't loveHij houdt niet van
he doesn't giveHij geeft geen
he doesn't smileHij glimlacht niet
he doesn't takehij neemt niet
we don't speakWe spreken niet
we don't writeWij schrijven geen
we don't drivewe rijden niet
we don't lovewe houden niet van
we don't giveWe geven geen
we don't smilewe glimlachen niet
we don't takeWij nemen geen

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