Dear Dutch native speakers and advanced learners! I have a question about the tenses. So "de jongen eet lunch" in English can be both in simple and continuous present. How do you define between the continuous action at the moment of speaking and the routine action that happens from time to time?
The verb "to eat" is eten. If we remove -en we get what is called "crude stem", in this case, et. But the e was long and not short. To keep it short, we double it and get eet. To the third person singular we should add a t, but in this case we don't because a syllable (and a word) never end in a double consonant. Correct?