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What is “het spijt me”?

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

10 months 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'.

10 months 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 ;-)

10 months ago

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

9 months ago