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Dutch Verb 'zitten' ('to sit, be sitting, be seated') - Smartphones Page

Use in The Continuous
Sample Sentences
Translated by Other Words
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Zitten click to hear ('to sit, be sitting, be seated') is a strong verb:

to sit
- zat
- gezeten
click to hear

zitten to sit
ik zit I'm sitting
wij zitten we're sitting
ik zat I sat
wij zaten we sat
ik heb gezeten I have sat
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The verb stem zit click to hear already ends in T, so no second T is added to second and third person singular:

simple present tense
zitten to sit, be sitting
ik zit I'm sitting
jij zit you're sitting (singular, informal you)
hij zit he's sitting
wij zitten we're sitting
jullie zitten you are sitting (plural, informal you)
zij zitten they're sitting
U zit you are sitting (polite you)
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Like most strong verbs with an A in the past tense, that A is short in the singular, but long in the plural

simple past tense
ik zat I sat
jij zat you sat
hij zat he sat
wij zaten we sat
jullie zaten y'all sat
zij zaten they sat
U zat you sat
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present perfect tense
ik heb gezeten click to hear I have sat

A slang meaning of 'zitten' is 'to be in prison,' so 'ik heb gezeten' may also mean 'I've been in prison.'

'Zitten' is also used to indicate an ongoing activity in the Dutch continuous, like for instance in:
We zitten te eten. click to hear [We're eating] - We're having [food] dinner (or lunch) See the continuous page: 1 2 for more examples.

Sample Sentences

Hij zat aan tafel click to hear He was sitting at the table Hij zat bij 't raam click to hear He was sitting at the window

even zitten! click to hear 2 I'm going to sit down (and relax) for a moment

ga zitten click to hear 2 [go sit] - take a seat

Misschien kunnen we wel buiten zitten click to hear 2 Maybe we can sit outside

't Vogeltje zit op z'n nestje click to hear 2 The (little) bird is sitting on its (little) nest 't Vogeltje zit zo zoet op z'n nestje click to hear The (little) bird is sitting on its (little) nest so sweetly

We zaten aan 't ontbijt click to hear We were at breakfast, we were having breakfast

blijven zitten click to hear 2 ['to remain seated'] - not advancing to the next grade in school

Translated by Other Words

Dutch 'zitten' is not always translated into English as 'to sit' - often it's like 'to be' or 'to be left' or 'to contain'

Er zit een muis op zolder click to hear 2 3 There's a mouse in the attic

Er zit een gat in 't dak click to hear 2 There's a hole in the roof

Hij zit in de tweede klas click to hear 2 He's in second grade

Hij zat in de nor click to hear He was in prison (slang)

Ik zat een uur bij de tandarts click to hear 2 3 I was at the dentist for an hour Ik heb een uur bij de tandarts gezeten click to hear 2 I've [sat] been at the dentists's for an hour ('in the chair')

Ik zit op de tocht click to hear 2 3 I'm in a draft (an unpleasant, cold air flow)

De wind is gaan liggen, maar we zitten nog steeds in het water click to hear The wind has died down, but we're still [in the water] flooded

Als de R in de maand zit click to hear 2 When there is an R in the (name of) the month (time for the daily spoonful of cod liver oil:
(de) levertraan click to hear 2)

Daar zit wat in click to hear 2 3
Er zit wat in click to hear 2 3 4 5 literally: there's something in it, it contains something - or figuratively: there's something to it, there's a good idea in it, there's some truth in it

Brood, daar zit wat in click to hear 2 'Bread, there's something (good?) in it' - not entirely successful slogan

Er zit een luchtje aan click to hear 2 [There's a bad smell to it] - It's fishy

Er zit geen brood in click to hear [There is no bread in it] - There's not much money to be made with it, you can't make a living from it Er zit geen schot in click to hear 2 There is no progress, it is stuck

Er zit niks anders op click to hear 2 3 There is nothing else that can be done, there is just one thing to be done

Hij zit in de bijstand click to hear 2 He is on welfare, he is on the dole Hij zit in 't leger click to hear 2 3 He is in the army but: Hij is bij de marine click to hear 2 He's in the navy

Laat maar zitten click to hear 2 3 'Let it be' - don't bother, it doesn't matter (also said when tipping, like 'keep the change')

Maar wij zitten met de gebakken peren click to hear 2 3 (saying) [But we are left with the baked pears] - It's us, we are the ones who have to pick up the pieces, deal with the mess others made

'n Ongeluk zit in een klein hoekje click to hear (saying) ['An accident sits in a small corner'] - Accidents can happen anywhere and unexpectedly

't Zit als gegoten click to hear 'It fits like it's cast' - said of well-fitting clothes

Als je haar maar goed zit! click to hear 2 3 [If only your hair 'sits well'] - The most important thing is that your hair looks OK

[arm in cast]
Ik zit in 't gips click to hear 2
[I'm in plaster] - I have a cast

(Wanneer is 't klaar? click to hear 2 3
When [is] will it be ready?)

Als 't meezit ... click to hear 2 If things go well, if we're lucky ... Als 't meezit is 't morgen klaar click to hear If things go well it will be ready tomorrow

Als 't tegenzit ... click to hear 2 if it doesn't go well, if we're not lucky, if things don't work out ... Als 't tegenzit kan 't nog wel een week duren click to hear If things don't work out, it may take a week

't Zit ons niet mee click to hear 2 3 It's not going well, we're having a lot of trouble, luck seems against us

stilzitten click to hear 2 3 'to sit still' - immobile or idle

Hij zit aan de grond click to hear 2 3 ['he sits, is at the ground' - 'he's stuck at the lowest level'] - 'he's down and out' - out of options because no money

Hij zit in de problemen click to hear 2 3 [He sits in problems] He's in trouble

Ik zag 't niet meer zitten click to hear I didn't see a future (depressed)

Je zit in een sleur click to hear 2 3 You're in a rut (a hard to change pattern of bad habits)

(het) bezit click to hear
(het) eigendom click to hear
(de) voorzitter click to hear 2 chairman
(de) zitkamer click to hear [sitting] living room ‑>>
(het) zitje click to hear 2 1. an arrangement of a few chairs, maybe with a small table 2. a child seat on a bike
(de) stoel click to hear
stoelen click to hear
(de) zetel click to hear 'seat (in parliament)' - Politics

(de) zitting click to hear 1. seat (of chair) 2. session, meeting of official body Zullen we de zitting opheffen? click to hear 2 'Shall we terminate the session?' - bureaucratic phrase, but usually said in jest to suggest getting up after a meal (het) bezittelijk voornaamwoord click to hear 2 possessive pronoun ‑>> Het bezit van de zaak is het eind van het vermaak click to hear 2 3 'Ownership is the end of pleasure' - probably meaning that working towards goals is the interesting part; having reached goals boredom may set in

A Dutch Continuous
zitten - liggen - staan - lopen

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