The grammar of Dutch is slightly different from English. The order in which words are put in sentences are different in complex sentences. The most simple sentence-structure is “Subject – Verb”. The Dutch language has few grammatical tenses. The most used are:
- onvoltooide tegenwoordige tijd (present simple)
- onvoltooide verleden tijd (past simple)
- voltooide tegenwoordige tijd (present perfect)
- voltooide verleden tijd (past perfect)
Onvoltooid tegenwoordige tijd
The simplest verb-time is the onvoltooide yegenwoordige tijd (ott; present simple). The ott is used when something is occurring now, or regularly (like: Hij eet regelmatig (He eats regularly)). Most verbs are conjugated (changed) in a regular form (these verbs are called regelmatige werkwoorden (regular verbs)). The word stem of the verb is still there in all of the conjugations (changes).