The Conditional Present & Perfect is the fiftieth (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. The four lessons of this skill teach how to form the conditional present and conditional perfect in Dutch. Both refer to hypothetical situations; one is in the present, the other in the past.

Tips and NotesEdit

Conditional PresentEdit

The conditional in the present uses the verb zouden (the past tense of zullen) and an infinitive. This approximates the English phrase "would..." When combined with kunnen, the phrase is "could..."; when combined with moeten, the phrase becomes "should..."

Conditional PastEdit

The conditional past or perfect takes verb zouden and adds it to the existing present perfect of hebben/zijn and the past participle. Houden is the conjugated verb, while the hebben/zijn is now n infinitive at the end of the sentence, followed by the past participle.


Lesson 1Edit

  • zouden = would
  • moeten = should
  • veranderen = to change
  • stoppen = to stop
  • verliezen = to lose
  • kiezen = to choose

Lesson 2Edit

  • vinden = to find
  • drinken = to drink
  • eten = to eat
  • zijn = to be
  • helpen = to help

Lesson 3Edit

  • hebben = to have
  • geweest = been
  • leren = to learn
  • kunnen = could
  • hadden = had
  • doen = to do
  • maken = to make

Lesson 4Edit

  • betaald = paid
  • ontmoet = met
  • gezien = seen
  • gelezen = read
  • geregend = rained
  • gemist = missed


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