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word order Hello. I've encountered the following sentence: Ik ga en boek kopen in het centrum. Can it change to---> Ik ga en boek in het centrum kopen? If not why? Thank you!
Oct 5, 2018 4:47 PM
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You're welcome! Hm, are you mixing up the numbers? Or did the book say: "Ik ga een boek kopen in het centrum" ? In that case maybe they are indeed both correct. I think then, in the sentence "Ik ga een boek kopen in het centrum." buying the book is more important and in the sentence "Ik ga een boek in het centrum kopen." the location more important. If that makes sense?
October 7, 2018
Both sentences sound correct. However, if we want to use the correct grammar, the second sentence is correct. Cause in Dutch we use the place at the end of a sentence, but before the other verb "kopen".

Additionally, don't forget that it is not "en boek" but "een boek".

October 7, 2018
To me it sounds quite odd to say 'Ik ga een boek in het centrum kopen', but it sounds OK to say 'Ik ga dat boek in het centrum kopen'. Not sure why one sounds odd and the other sounds fine... You can also say 'Ik ga in het centrum een boek kopen', to indicate what it is you're going to do in the city center.
October 23, 2018
Both are ok, Alexandros.
October 5, 2018
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