Possessives is the fourteenth (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. In these two lessons, the learner of Dutch is introduced to system of possessives that allow them to say "That's mine." or "I like your dog."
Tips and notesEdit
The Dutch system of possessives is a little more complicated than in English. There are three ways of saying "my/mine."
Basic Possessives (i.e. my, your, his)Edit
|your (sg inf)||jouw|
"Ons" is used with het- words, while "onze" is used with de- words.
If the combination "jullie jullie" would appear in the phrase, substitute "je" for the second "jullie."
Independent possessive (i.e. mine, yours, ours)Edit
This way of saying these is a bit rare except in writing; Duolingo does not accept any of these in lessons.
|yours (sg. inf.)||de/het jouwe|
|his, hers||de/het zijne, haare (no "its")|
|yours (plural inf.)||no equivalent; use the alternate below|
|yours (formal)||de/het uwe|
Alternative independent possessivesEdit
These ones are significantly more common in everyday speech and are accepted by Duolingo.
|yours (sg. inf.)||van jou|
|his, hers, its||van hem/haar, ervan/hiervan (its)|
|yours (plural inf.)||van jullie|
|yours (formal)||van u|
Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Possessives