Dutch Genders

Genders in Dutch All nouns have a gender in Dutch, either common (de words) or neuter (het words).   It is hard to guess which gender a noun is, so it is best to memorize the genders when memorizing vocabulary. However, two-thirds of [...]

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Use of hin and her in German

Hin or her? The adverbs hin and her cause much confusion for German learners. There are no direct equivalents of either of these in English and to English speakers they often seem superfluous in a sentence. German in fact signifies directional movement (vs. position) in [...]

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Irgend–Prefix in German

What are German indefinite pronouns? These are pronouns that do not indicate the gender or number of things/people discussed. To put it simply, they are those vague words like ‘somebody’, ‘everybody’, ‘a few’, and ‘some’. Why are these important to learn? [...]

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Use of “da” in German

DA- COMPOUNDS 1. Da– Compounds Note that the form dar– is used when the preposition begins with a vowel. 2. Some Common Da– Words Following are some commonly used da– words: dabei in the process, in this matter, there, at the same time, as well dadurch thereby, in doing so dafür instead, on the [...]

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