What's the difference between wou and wilde?

This one's easy: you can use either!

In the singular, the verbs wou and wilde ("wanted") can be used interchangably. To some, especially in the Netherlands, wilde is considered more formal.

In the plural, wilden is the more common form, with wouden and wouen used predominantly in spoken Dutch alone.

For further explanation, see the article Willen: wilde / wou, wilden / wou(d)en (in Dutch) on the Taaladvies website, courtesy of the Nederlandse Taalunie.

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