"Een jongen"

Translation:A boy

July 16, 2014



How do you distinguish between "een" as in "a" and "een" as in "one"?

July 18, 2014


'Een' as in one is written as 'één' (pronounced as 'eighn'). 'Een' as in a/an is written without the accent


Thanks! A lingot for you!

  • When there's a reason to stress the number, you add the accents. Otherwise, it's ruled by the context:
  • If the sentence holds meaning both if it's the article and if it's the number, then again you add the accents for the number. (And you don't if it's the article.)
  • If the sentence holds meaning for just one interpretation, than you don't add accents, unless for stress. This means that one is not always written with accents! E.g., I always wanted a puppy, and now I have one. "Ik wou altijd al een hondje en nu heb ik er een."

Regardless of the spelling, though: If it's the number, it's pronounced with an English "ay", where the article is pronounced with a schwa

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