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"De staart is lang."

Translation:The tail is long.

September 27, 2014



How can I know the difference between lange and lang ?


I'm sorry, for some reason I can't access the link. Can you explain it please?


Bedankt! I understand that now, but I still don't get the difference between "grote" and "groot". Why isn't it...say "groot" and "groote"?



  • Groot - long o (You need two vowels for a long sound because they are followed by a consonant at the end)
  • Grot - short o (If you only have one vowel followed by a consonant you get a short sound)
  • Grote - long o (If one vowel is followed by a consonant, which is followed by a vowel again you get a long sound)
  • Grotten - short o (If one vowel is followed by two consonants you get a short sound)

So following that logic groote = grote since it is the same pronunciation. To make it more obvious:

  • Een groot huis, following the addition of an e would make: Het groote huis.
  • However, groote becomes grote.

Now with grote you can ask, why get rid of the second o. That's because at some point we decided to leave the second one out. Why? Probably because we are lazy (or efficient, you pick).


Ah, that is because of the Dutch spelling rules: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3733043


Staat wurde akzeptiert, staart ist richtig!


What is the correct pronunciation of the word "staart"? In the recording, it sounds like "starz", but I feel as though I might be hearing it wrong.


Sounds correct to me, have a listen here for another example: http://www.heardutchhere.net/DutchPronunciation.html#S


Thank you for the link. It sounds much better there. I actually here "staart", rather than "starz" as I do here.


Thanks for sharing this useful info

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