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September 30, 2013 / Roel

Lesson 6 – In de bibliotheek



In de bibliotheek zijn heel veel boeken. Er zijn boeken over allerlei onderwerpen en veel mensen komen er om een boek te lenen.



de bibliotheek = the library

heel = very

veel = much / a lot

er zijn = there are

over = about

allerlei = all kind(s)

het onderwerp = the subject

er = there

om (te) = to, in order to

lenen = to lend





The word ‘er‘ in Dutch is a word with different meanings. In the first place it means ‘there‘, the word ‘er‘ refers to a place here. You can say for instance:

Ben je er? = Are you there?

It’s a shorter way to say: ‘Ben je daar’


Furthermore, er is used to say if something is present. It is used as ‘er zijn‘, which means ‘there are‘. You can also say: ‘er is‘, which means ‘there is‘.


Er zijn veel boeken = There are a lot of books

Er is een pagina = There is a page


er‘ can also be used to refer to a situation in which something is wrong:


Wat er is weet ik ook niet. = I don’t know neither what’s going on.

Weet jij er iets aan te doen = Do you know something what we can do about it?








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