What is the difference between "DE" and "HET"? A few examples please? (2024)

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de is the female and het the male version of the. there are no real rules if something is male of female.
also you use de if something is more than 1 and the if it's smal.

for example:
female word:
tafel : table
de tafel
de tafel : the tables
het tafeltje: the smal table
de tafeltjes: the smal tables

male
raam: window
het raam
de ramen: the windows
het raampje : the smal window
de raampjes: the smal windows

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De apple = the apple

Het gat= the hole

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@99jppd 'De' is female / male, and het is what you call 'onzijdig' in Dutch

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Actually....., 'het' is used for singular nouns that have a grammatical gender that is neuter.'De' is used for singular nouns that have a grammatical gender that is feminine or masculine Γ nd for all plural nouns.Here comes the good news. You can forget about the grammatical gender, as long as you remember which singular nouns are 'de-words' and which are 'het-words'. We have a few rules, but they won't help you much. The only really helpful rule is that singular diminutives (words ending in -je) are always het-words.There are fewer 'het-words' than 'de-words'. So if you learn the nouns together with their definite articles (de/het), you could save time and energy if you focus on the 'het-words. Then any other word is probably a 'de-word'. 1. Het-words (sing./plur.):het huis - de huizen (house)het raam - de ramen (window)het land - de landen (country)het meisje - de meisjes (girl)het kind - de kinderen (child)2. De-words (sing./plur.):de deur - de deuren (door)de tuin - de tuinen (garden)de stad - de steden (town)de kamer - de kamers (room)de man - de mannen (man)de vrouw - de vrouwen (woman)de jongen - de jongens (boy)Below are two links to a handy app, appropriately called DeHet πŸ˜„.It can tell you which words are 'het' and which 'de'.http://www.passion4teq.com/apps/de-het-ios/http://www.passion4teq.com/apps/de-het-android/

Actually....., 'het' is used for singular nouns that have a grammatical gender that is neuter.
'De' is used for singular nouns that have a grammatical gender that is feminine or masculine Γ nd for all plural nouns.

Here comes the good news. You can forget about the grammatical gender, as long as you remember which singular nouns are 'de-words' and which are 'het-words'. We have a few rules, but they won't help you much. The only really helpful rule is that singular diminutives (words ending in -je) are always het-words.

There are fewer 'het-words' than 'de-words'. So if you learn the nouns together with their definite articles (de/het), you could save time and energy if you focus on the 'het-words. Then any other word is probably a 'de-word'.

1. Het-words (sing./plur.):
het huis - de huizen (house)
het raam - de ramen (window)
het land - de landen (country)
het meisje - de meisjes (girl)
het kind - de kinderen (child)

2. De-words (sing./plur.):
de deur - de deuren (door)
de tuin - de tuinen (garden)
de stad - de steden (town)
de kamer - de kamers (room)
de man - de mannen (man)
de vrouw - de vrouwen (woman)
de jongen - de jongens (boy)

Below are two links to a handy app, appropriately called DeHet πŸ˜„.
It can tell you which words are 'het' and which 'de'.

http://www.passion4teq.com/apps/de-het-ios/

http://www.passion4teq.com/apps/de-het-android/

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De is used for masculine and feminine nouns.Het is used for 'neuter' nouns.How do you know which one to use?...you don't. No, seriously, you don't. You just have to learn them for each word.There are a couple of rules to follow, however, that may make things ever so slightly easier.First of all, ALL plurals are DE. Even if the singular is a "het word."Het land (the country)De landen (the countries)Het is used for all diminutives. De jongen (the boy)Het jongetje (the *little* boy)Essentially any noun that ends in "-je" is a HET word.De kat (the cat)Het katje (the kitten)Languages are always HET."Hoe zeg je dat in HET Nederlands?" (How do you say that in Dutch?)Metals are HET words.HET staal (the steel)HET ijzer (the iron)Usually people don't care so much if you use the wrong "the" - and I've seen plenty of instances where even native speakers of Dutch confuse them.It's estimated that about 70% of the words in Dutch use "DE." So you may want to try learning a lot of the HET words knowing that essentially everything else uses DE. And at the risk of sounding even more confusing...De voetbal - refers to the ball itselfHet voetbal - refers to the gameOefening baart kunst! (Practice makes perfect!)

De is used for masculine and feminine nouns.
Het is used for 'neuter' nouns.

How do you know which one to use?

...you don't. No, seriously, you don't. You just have to learn them for each word.

There are a couple of rules to follow, however, that may make things ever so slightly easier.

First of all, ALL plurals are DE. Even if the singular is a "het word."

Het land (the country)
De landen (the countries)

Het is used for all diminutives.
De jongen (the boy)
Het jongetje (the *little* boy)

Essentially any noun that ends in "-je" is a HET word.
De kat (the cat)
Het katje (the kitten)

Languages are always HET.
"Hoe zeg je dat in HET Nederlands?" (How do you say that in Dutch?)

Metals are HET words.
HET staal (the steel)
HET ijzer (the iron)

Usually people don't care so much if you use the wrong "the" - and I've seen plenty of instances where even native speakers of Dutch confuse them.

It's estimated that about 70% of the words in Dutch use "DE." So you may want to try learning a lot of the HET words knowing that essentially everything else uses DE.

And at the risk of sounding even more confusing...

De voetbal - refers to the ball itself

Het voetbal - refers to the game

Oefening baart kunst! (Practice makes perfect!)

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And suddenly the language gets 75% more difficult. πŸ˜‚ Thank you all for answering.

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@DouglasBR German has 'der' for masculine, 'die' for feminine, and 'das' for neuter πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I've had to study French (which also has 2 different articles like Dutch) for 8 years, and German for 2 years. Trust me, I know your pain.

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Yes, this is the crash course section of Hinative. We have given you a lifetime subscription. πŸ˜†

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De for female and Het for male? or De for both genders and Het only for some words?

I'm a little confused

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It is 3 against 1. You can believe the majority. πŸ˜‰

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