How do you know when to use ‘ the ‘ or ‘ it ‘?


  • Most animal names incl.

Birds: The herring, the chicken, the sparrow-names of trees: The oak, the Beech

  • Names of stones (as far as not considered as dust): The diamond, the brick
  • Names of mountains: The Pietersberg, the Mont Blanc-names of days, months and seasons: Monday, October, winter
  • Names of objects on – AAR (d),-ERD: The stand, the lectern, the mustard
  • Names of instruments derived from verbs and ending on – er,-el: The Watering, the key
  • Words ending in – em,-LM and – RM: The broom, the helmet, the storm (but: the screen)
  • Words on – (l) ING: the government, the pupil
  • The most one-syllable words derived from verbs: the laughter, the cry
  • Names of letters and numbers: The A, the B, the Ten
  • Names of flowers and (smaller) plants: the carnation, the lettuce, the plant
  • General geographical names and geographical names: The Gulf, the river, the Meuse
  • Names of celestial Bodies: The Sun, the planet, Venus
  • Names of body parts: the cheek, the thigh
  • Words on – E,-ei,-ij,-ie,-ICS,-Teit, library: The Earth, the whey, the battery, the harmony, the factory, the university, the pharmacy
  • Words on – shelf indicating a state: drunkenness, pregnancy
  • Words on – ness,-nis: The Truth, the history
  • The:

    • All the words: The little car, the girl, the boy
    • All infinitives used as nouns: eating, working
    • All verb stems with the prefixes be-, ge-, ont-: importance, conversation, breakfast, prohibition
    • Collective names with prefix ge and suffix – te: the foliage
    • Collective names with prefix ge-without suffix: the popup
    • Adjectives – e that have been used independently: The Good, the beautiful
    • Dust names, metals and minerals: The diamond, the wood, the iron, the tin, the ore, the asbestos
    • Names of countries, provinces and cities: the beautiful Czech Republic, the Nice Friesland, the old Amsterdam
    • Words on – sel: the phenomenon
    • Most words on – stupid: Christianity, the property
    • Words on – shelf indicating a function: the Priesthood
    • Words on – ism: Communism
    • Words of more syllables – aat: the proletariat
    • Words on – um: the Museum
    • All colors and wind strokes: The Green, the north
    • Most French loan words: The station, the toilet
    • Compound words get the sex of the last part of the word: The hospital, the Woelwater, the breakfast table, the apple juice suit
    • Many words originally from foreign languages do not have a clear gender.

    THE most important are: the applesauce, bacon, stain, chlorine, liquorice, phosphorus, gum, resin, cinnamon, cotton, garlic, purée, lacquer, marzipan, melange, malt, napalm, opium, pasta, lager etc.

  • Source: Stručná Gramatika Nizozemštiny-Wilken Engelbrecht, Pavlína Knap-Dlouhá, Marta Kostelecká
  • Unfortunately, there is really pretty little easy to say about it.

    There are rules.But on most rules are exceptions.

    There are only 2 rules without exception: All THE desmall words get IT and all the plural are given the.

    These words usually get it:

    • Names of languages: Dutch, Swahili;
    • Names of countries and places: the tolerant Netherlands, the Germany of After the war, the stately The Hague;
    • Names of metals: Iron, Mercury;
    • Names of wind directions: North, Southwest;
    • Names of sports and games: tennis, scrabble, Yahtzee;
    • Words with two syllables that begin with be-, ge-, far- and Deve: importance, rifle, intellect and discontent;
    • Words ending in -ism,- ment, -sel and -um: communism, instrument, hairstyle and museum;
      • But: the lid, the recruitment and the Overemployment.

    These words usually get the:

    • Words for fruits, trees and plants: Apple, oak, fern, fuchsia;
    • Names of rivers and mountains: Waal, Mount Everest;
    • Names of numbers and letters: four, x, between-n;
    • Most words that designate persons: waiter, farmer, peasant ;
      • But: the Chamber member and the head of department.

    And words that end on these outputs also usually get the:

    • -ness, -nis: truth, knowledge;
    • -The, -te: love, depth;
      • But gather terms with ge- for being unsided: the mountains;
    • -IJ, -Erij,- Arij, -Enij, -Ernij: guardianship, bakery, rimalery, wasteland, frenzy;
      • But: the painting;
    • -ing, -St (behind a verb tribe): hike, profit, service;
    • -ie, -tie, -Sie,- Logie, -Sofie, -agogie: family, Police, Vision, biology, philosophy, demagogy;
    • -Iek, -ica: music, logic;
      • But the insides are: the antiques, the ELAStique and the public;
      • Both the and it is possible at: diptych, colic, mosaic, entryway, reliquation, triptych;
    • Library, capacity, -ity: libraries, puberty, stability;
    • -Ture, -suur: Nature, censorship;
      • But: the Adventure, the Barbituur, the Fournith, the posteering and the or the frame;
    • -Ade, -IDE, -Ode, -Ude: tirade, asteroid, period, attitude;
      • But: non-counable substance names on -IDE are nonsided (e.g. chloride and bromide)
    • -ine, -se, -age: discipline, analysis, luggage;
      • But: the percentage, the Permillage
      • the or the Grove, corsage, character, vitrage and voltage;
    • -sis, -tis, -XIs: crisis, bronchitis, syntax;
      • But: the chassis.

    Words that get IT

    Words that get THE

    Words that can be the-and the-word

    So yes, there are rules.Or remembering the rules well is really much easier than remembering the words… Strength for non-English speakers!!

    I am eigentlik Afrikaans-language, so I am not sure when one or the other is used.In Afrikaans This is wonderfully simple: you always use that.

    That house, that man, that country, who… Enigesomething.

    Totally agree with Laura Hurt.

    Others are doing well if they learn words to always teach them together with the article.

    So learn: the horse and not just horse

    It might also be useful to concentrate on the inlateral words with it .They are the ‘ exception ‘: About one-third of the name words are non-sided and two thirds are male or female and get the.

    The use of the right article is a great challenge, especially for people who learn the language in later age.
    The reason is that, through the daily use of the language, we learn the right articles at an early age in the most common words, and also unknowingly the patterns present.Because of this we know that boy and maid are words where you use “the”, but that you use “it” in Boy and girl. Only later do you learn that this is because there is a relationship between the gender of a word and the article, and that diminutive words always have “it” as an article. For instance, there are a number of “rules” that many people do not know at all, but through frequent language use “we feel” that a particular article fits better.

    People who have learned German at school know that it can still be a degree worse.German uses the articles of the (masculine), which are (feminine) and Das (unsided).

    I use the Deofthe app.And I try to get sayings with the word it is about to take to the spirit. Also, I try to remember every new word whether it is the or it is. After 40 years in the Netherlands it starts a bit too lukke.

    From outside learning.

    NB or read the green booklet.There you can find that both the ceiling and the ceiling are correct Dutch.

    If you don’t know: with the diminutive suffix ‘ ‘ you ‘ you always have to grab a word.The annoying thing is that you then “the girl whose…” Going to say. That is not linguistically wrong, but socially is not really correct (not to say ‘ really not ‘)

    Someone wrongly claimed that “most” animals took the words.Exceptions too much to mention; A grip: The rabbit, the horse, the beef, the sheep, the skunk (and all other * animals & * beasts [e.g. Wildebeest

    Gnoe aka Wildebeest

    You don’t know.Is a matter of knowing… Or learn from the head.

    In other languages, it is exactly the same.There is no logic behind it.

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