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If you’re a Dutch child living abroad (and attending an English-speaking school), it can sometimes be challenging to apply Dutch spelling rules correctly. Especially that one rule about the ‘d’s and ‘t’s at the end of a verb. How does that work again? Let’s discuss it in this blog!

In the present tense, verbs conjugated in the second and third person singular always get a ‘t’ after the stem. For example: ik loop (I walk) and hij loopt (he walks).

If the stem of the verb ends in a ‘d’, we get ‘dt’ in the present tense. For example: ik vind (I find), hij vindt (he finds).

This makes it easier to know when to use a ‘d’ or a ‘t’ in the present tense of verbs!

In the video below, the rule of the ‘d’s and ‘t’s is explained briefly and clearly, a common spelling issue that many students struggle with. It’s a short and informative video that helps you understand and apply the rule correctly.

Sometimes you just need a visual aid to clarify the verbal explanation. This video has already helped many students apply the rule of the ‘d’s and ‘t’s correctly.

Feel free to let your Dutch for Kids teacher know if you need more explanation about this spelling rule.

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