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The three sentences below refer to the same possible event or state of affairs: the person who is being addressed walking to the shop. Nevertheless, they are very different. The first one is a descriptive statement, the second a question and the third an order or command.

Statement Je loopt naar de winkel.
You are walking to the shop.
Question Loop je naar de winkel? 
Are you walking to the shop?
Command Loop naar de winkel!
Walk to the shop!

These sentences are examples of the three basic sentence types that exist in Dutch (as in other languages): declarative, interrogative and imperative sentences. Declaratives are typically used to make statements, interrogatives t0 ask questions and imperatives to issue command. But all three sentence types can also be used to do other things.


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