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Dutch Verb Staan ('to stand') - Smartphones Page

'Staan'   click to hear 'to stand, to be standing' is a strong verb:

to stand
- stond
- gestaan
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staan to stand
ik sta I'm standing
wij staan we're standing
ik stond I stood
wij stonden we stood
ik heb gestaan I have stood
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simple present tense
(staan) to stand, be standing
ik sta I stand, I'm standing
jij staat you stand (singular, informal you)
hij staat he stands
wij staan we stand
jullie staan you stand (plural, informal you)
zij staan they stand
U staat you stand (polite you)
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simple past tense
(staan) to stand
ik stond I stood, I was standing
jij stond you stood
hij stond he stood
wij stonden we stood
jullie stonden y'all stood
zij stonden they stood
U stond you stood
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present perfect tense
ik heb gestaan click to hear I have stood, I was standing

'Staan' is also used to indicate an ongoing activity in the Dutch continuous, like for instance in:
We staan te wachten op een taxi. click to hear 2 3 We're waiting for a taxi.
See the continuous page for more examples.

Er stonden een paar mensen in de rij voor het loket click to hear There were a few people standing in line at the counter

Ik stond erbij en ik keek ernaar click to hear 2 3 I was standing by (it) and looking at it

't Is hollen of stilstaan click to hear 2 3 4 (saying) ['It's either running or standing still'] - 'When it rains, it pours'

Je wordt geflest waar je bijstaat click to hear 2 3 (saying) 'You're being cheated as you stand by, in your presence' - bare-facedly

Ik heb nog een koffer in Berlijn staan click to hear I still have a suitcase [standing] in Berlin (Hildegard Knef)

Like Dutch zitten ('to sit,') staan ('to stand') is also often translated as 'to be' in English

't Staat onder water click to hear 2 It's under water, it's flooded De straten staan blank click to hear 2 3 The streets are flooded, under water

"Mijn deur staat altijd open" click to hear 2 3 'My door [stands] is always open' (you can come in and talk to me anytime)

't Huis staat in brand click to hear 2 The house is on fire

in een kwade reuk staan click to hear 2 3 (saying) ['To be in a evil smell'] - to have a bad reputation, to be tainted

Het water staat me tot de lippen click to hear (saying) The water [stands] comes up to my lips - it can't go on like this

Er staat veel op het spel click to hear There is much [in play] at stake

Hij staat altijd voor je klaar click to hear 2
Hij staat altijd klaar voor je click to hear He's always 'there' for you, willing and available to help you

't staat click to hear 2 3 often means 'it looks:'

't Staat je goed click to hear 2 3
't Staat je leuk click to hear 2 3 It looks good on you, You look good in it (a good choice of clothes) 't Staat zo armoedig click to hear 2 3 4 [It looks so poor] - it makes you look poor

Opgeruimd staat netjes click to hear Cleaned up, things in their place, out of the way looks good

Die klok staat voor click to hear 2 3 [That clock is ahead] - that clock runs fast

't Huilen stond 'm nader dan 't lachen click to hear 2 He [stood] was closer to [crying] tears than [laughing] laughter

"Er staat me iets van bij" click to hear 2 3 ['Something of it is with me'] - 'I vaguely remember'

'Wat er staat' click to hear 2 3 ['what stands there'] usually means 'What is written there' - or in common English: 'What it says.'

Begrijp je echt wat er staat? click to hear 2 Do you really understand what it says? Wat op 't pak staat click to hear 2 What it says on the (package) box 't Staat in de Bijbel click to hear 2 It says so in the Bible

opstaan click to hear 2 'to get up, out of bed'

Ik sta elke dag vroeg op click to hear 2 I get up early every day Hoe laat moet je opstaan? click to hear 2 What time do you need to get up? Ben je opgestaan? click to hear 2 Did you get up? Ik ben om zes uur opgestaan click to hear 2 I got up at 6 Niet te laat opstaan click to hear Don't get up [too] late Dan moet je vroeger opstaan click to hear 2 3 (saying) ['then you have to get up earlier'] - 'For that you need to do more work, be more alert etc.

verstaan to hear, understand what is said
ik versta I understand
wij verstaan we understand
ik verstond I understood
wij verstonden we understood
ik heb verstaan I have understood
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verstaan click to hear 2 'to hear, understand what is said'

Heb je 't verstaan? click to hear 2 'Did you understand what was said?' (Ik spreek geen Nederlands click to hear 2 I don't speak Dutch) Maar ik kan het wel verstaan click to hear 2 3 But I do understand it Ik kan het niet goed verstaan click to hear 2 3 I don't really understand it, I can't hear very well what is said Ik kan je niet verstaan click to hear 2 I don't understand what you're saying (informal 'you') Ik kan U niet goed verstaan click to hear I cannot hear very well what you're saying Omdat ik het niet verstond click to hear 2 Because I didn't (could not) hear what was said

Slakken staan me tegen click to hear I'm revolted by [the idea of eating] snails

aanstaande click to hear 2 3 4 'upcoming' - also: 'intended' (marriage partner) aanstaande vrijdag click to hear 2 3 this (coming) friday

(de) buitenstaander click to hear 2 3 outsider
(de) toestand click to hear situation; bad situation
niet toestaan click to hear to disallow, not permit
omstandigheden click to hear 2 3 circumstances
(het) standbeeld click to hear 2 3 statue
(het) standpunt click to hear 2 [standing] view-point (opinion)
(de) stilstand click to hear 2 standstill
(de) opstand click to hear 2 uprising, revolt
(de) weerstand click to hear 2 resistance
onweerstaanbaar click to hear irresistable
(de) staande bas click to hear [standing] upright bass

zelfstandig click to hear 2 ['self-standing'] - independent

(de) tegenstander click to hear 2 3 4 opponent, person against (de) voorstander click to hear 2 proponent, person in favor

(de) afstand click to hear distance

op loopafstand click to hear within walking distance (de) afstandsbediening click to hear remote control houd afstand click to hear 2 keep distance, don't come too close

(het) bestaan click to hear 2 3 'existence' - the verb bestaan click to hear 2 3 means 'to exist,' sometimes translated as 'to be'
Ik denk dus ik besta click to hear 2 3 I think, [therefore I exist] so I am
cogito, ergo sum
Ze leidt een teruggetrokken bestaan click to hear 2 3 She leads a withdrawn, retiring [existence] life, she keeps to herself

A Dutch Continuous
zitten - liggen - staan - lopen

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