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Dutch Contractions?

Does Dutch use contractions like English does, for instance: Don't, Won't, Can't, etc? Or do you just use the full words Do not, Will not, Can not etc?

I tried googling this but just got lots of Dutch articles about child birth!

November 22, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BotmanJWPM

Well, we do use contractions, but they're not as accepted as in English. While you might write (or especially say) something like "t'is" (het is), you probably wouldn't in any situation that might be a little bit formal and in educated speech it won't be used at all.

Some contractions you might frequently encounter in informal speech:

T'is = Het is (it is)

Da's = Dat is (that is)

Di's = Dit is (this is)

D'r = De haare (hers)

H'r = Haar (hers)

Z'n = Zijn (his)

M'n = Mijn (my)

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oppikoppi

Het eerste moet " 't is " zijn, niet " t'is ".

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BotmanJWPM

Dit is awkward... "t'is" is natuurlijk Engels... En zo zie je maar dat ook Nederlanders het Nederlands niet altijd goed spreken :P

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mindraker1

Dat kan niet

April 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy.Linde

Thanks :)

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somelauw

According to http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/het#Dutch, the Middle Dutch article "dat" (similar to "das" in German) was contracted to 't and later decontracted to "het".

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tuppus

Ik heb nog nooit iemand "h'r" horen of zien gebruiken. Dat wordt m.i. dan "d'r" of 'r. D'r kan dus 'haar', 'er' en 'daar' betekenen :) "Di's" heb ik ook nog nooit gezien, is dat wellicht dialect? Wat ik nog mis is ie voor hij. 'k voor ik 'm voor hem 's voor des ('s avonds, 's ochtends et cetera) en 't kan ook zonder is, bij de weg.

November 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simius

There are a handful of widely accepted contractions, and a lot of informal speech-only ones. Take a look at this thread!

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy.Linde

Thanks :)

November 22, 2014

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