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Re: CHAT: Dutch dictionary recommendations?

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Friday, February 14, 2003, 2:41
On Thu, 13 Feb 2003 13:32:47 +0100, Christophe Grandsire
<christophe.grandsire@...> wrote:

>-s after e, r, n and optionally after l. -'s (with the apostrophe) after a, i, >o and u. -en in any other case (and optionally after -l). Note that the -n in - >en is usually silent (Dutch has a limited case of liaison with the n >reappearing in front of a word beginning with a vowel). > >Most Dutch plurals are regular following this rule, even for words which have >irregular plurals both in English and German (for instance, "man" has >plural "mannen" - the doubling of the n is regular and only a matter of >spelling -).
Well, that's good to know; in that respect at least, Dutch sounds easier than German. In other ways it looks a little like German, especially with strings of verbs like "gevonden kunnen worden" at the end of a sentence. I still remember enough German words that I can occasionally recognize Dutch words that appear to be related.