Plurals is the sixth skill (assuming left to right) in the Dutch language tree. In these three lessons, the learner of Dutch is taught most of the possible ways to pluralize nouns.

Tips and NotesEdit

Dutch has four ways of making a plural, two of which are significantly more rare than the other two. The most common way of making a plural is adding -en. The second most common is adding -s. The two rarer ones are -eren (think kinderen) and -a (this one is used with words from Latin, and often -s is an allowed ending too). There are some things to keep in mind with plurals:

Nouns ending in -enEdit

  • Long vowels stay long and short vowels stay short. That's why it's schapen and not schappen.
  • Hard consonants become soft, hence muizen not muisen.

Nouns ending in -sEdit

If it ends in a vowel, add an apostrophe before the -s. That's why it's spelled menu's. The only exception to this is if it ends in -e. In which case, don't add the apostrophe but do add the -s.


Lesson 1Edit

Plurals ending in -en: eenden, schildpaddenhonden, kranten, boeken, and paarden.

Lesson 2Edit

Plurals ending in -s introduced: boterhammen, borden, appels, katten, vogels, and olifanten.

Lesson 3Edit

Plurals that tend to be difficult are introduced: menu's, dieren, muizen, koeien, aardbeien, and schapen.


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