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Dutch alphabet and characters

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Dutch grammar rules

Dutch nouns have two numbers – singular and plural. There are three genders – masculine, feminine and neuter. However, in a modern use, there is no distinction between masculine and feminine genders, and there is only a distinction between common and neuter.

Dutch has both a definite and indefinite articles.

Dutch formatting rules

First day of the weekMonday
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatd-m-yy or dd-mm-yy
e.g. 24-3-16 or 24-mtr-16
Long date formatdddd d mmmm yyyy or d mmmm yyyy for correspondence
e.g. donderdag 24 maart 2016 / 24 maart 2016

Dutch capitalisation usage

  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Headings/titles and column/row headings should start with a capital letter unless a proper noun is featured.
  • Product names follow the source capitalisation.
  • Always use uppercase at the beginning of each module descriptor title: “Start | Geavanceerd zoeken | Mijn voorkeuren | Site aanmelden | Help”.
  • Always use uppercase for each descriptor of a graphic for functional element (“Klik op de knop Zoeken”, “Klik op het tabblad Opties”).
  • Always use uppercase when referring to UI elements: “Kies een provincie uit de lijst en klik op Zoeken.” and to keys (T, Shift, Alt), key combinations should be rewritten using the plus sign (+): “Ctrl+C”.
  • The first word following a colon should not be written with a capital, unless there is more than one sentence after the colon. In that case, the first word should be written with a capital.

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