Te + infinitive verbs is the twenty-ninth (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. In the five lessons of this skill, the learner of Dutch is introduced to the idea of saying "to ..." with the Dutch preposition te. This is used with verbs other than the modal verbs.


Cases of te usageEdit

  • Hangen, liggen, lopen, staan, and zitten form the continuous when used with te. Remember, you must be sitting, standing, etc. for this to be correct
  • The so-called "verbable" forms when te is used in conjunction with vallen, blijven, or zijn.
  • Several verbs familiar from English (force, dare, desire, etc.) will take te in Dutch, similar to how they take "to" in English.


Om is a common preposition used with te; Aan is another. The two go hand in hand.

The most common mistake in these lessons is to mess up how these two work, and how they interact with the rest of the sentence.

Example: Ik vroeg je te komen. (I asked you to come) does not require either, but Je verzoekt om mij te komen (You ask for me to come) does.

Notice that mij ends up between the om...te. This is very common.


Lesson 1Edit

  • om te = to
  • moedigen = to encourage
  • beloven = to promise
  • proberen = to try
  • bevelen = to order

Lesson 2Edit

  • verlangen ernaar = to desire
  • verzoeken = to ask
  • vragen = to ask
  • streven ernaar = to aim for
  • dwingen = to force

Lesson 3Edit

  • durven = to dare
  • denken = to think
  • hopen = to hope
  • beweren = to claim
  • blijken = to appear

Lesson 4Edit

  • liggen = to lie
  • lopen = to walk
  • staan = to stand
  • zitten = to sit

Lesson 5Edit

  • blijven = to remain
  • vallen = to fall
  • zijn = to be


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