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What is “het spijt me”?

Home come “het spijt me” means I am sorry? How is the sentence broken up?

1 year ago

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Spijten seems to be one of those verbs that reverses the expected cases of the subject and object. It appears literally to mean something like 'it causes me regret'.

1 year ago

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Well, not yet in the passives but isn't it so that in Dutch we say our regrets in passive way? Then that would be no reversal, just a regular grammar rule for passives. My guess only, but pointing one possible direction to look at ;-)

1 year ago

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Sometimes when you put two (or more) words together they have a different meaning.

1 year ago
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