did not know that the plural of sheep was also sheep!.. they do say you don't properly learn your own language until you start learning another
No confusion can arise: The plural sentence is "the sheep drink water", while the singular is "the sheep drink_s_ water".
I swear I'm learning more about English than I am Dutch with these sentences..
if in the word are 2 the same vowels (fe. aa) , and after these vowels are 2 consonants (like in the word PAARD) then in the plural are 2 vowels (PAARDEN). but if in the word are 2 the same vowels and after these vowels is only the one consonant (like in the word SCHAAP), then in the plural is only the one vowel (SCHAPEN)
One question: why is it "schapen", with just one "a" in plural form, and it's "paarden", with the two "a" kept? Is there a rule for when I have to cut off one of the doubled letters?
'ch' in schapen is like the ch in the German Kuchen. 'g' is like the ch in the German Dach. Ch and g are very similar in Dutch.
It's very similar but the sound of "ch" is formed a little closer to the teeth than "g". Or a least it is how we do it in Belgium. I don't know if it is exactly the same in the Netherlands.
I know that all plurals get de but I'm confused because I thought all animals get de as well. Two or three phrases back they said de schaap is wrong and should be het schaap? Help my asseblief. Dis al waar ek sukkel! Guess I should just memorize the exceptions?
Not all animals get de. Schaap is neuter and thus gets het. No doubt some other animals are as well.
thx i didnt even know my own lanaguge cuase only been around dutch ppl recently since i moved to belgium my english is leaving me
I have a rather basic problem. It is not the lessons. It is how to maneuver through this site to get back to the lesson, after using "discussion"- and I still don't know how to find the accent keys on the keyboard for "oke", either. Nothing worked for me. Does a person go back the next day to look?