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"Waar wacht je op?"

Translation:What are you waiting for?

November 23, 2014


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How come does this questions starts with "Waar"? Does it make sense to use "Wat" or "Wie"?

November 23, 2014


waar ... op/waarop is called a pronominal adverb. It replaces a preposition and a pronoun, e.g. wat + op, by turning the pronoun into a locative adverb ("waar" always replaces "what") and the preposition into a prepositional adverb. Here, the preposition doesn't change, but for things like "met", there is a change: "met" becomes "mee" (with what -> met wat -> waarmee)

op + wat becomes waarop

These are much more common in Dutch than in English.

Some examples of this in English are:

by this becomes hereby

in that becomes therein

It is very common for these pronominal adverbs to become separated in a sentence. This is why the sentence begins with "waar". It belongs with "op".

November 23, 2014


Excellently broken down and explained. This is exactly the explanation I was looking for when I clicked onto this thread.

January 26, 2016


Wonderful explanation

November 22, 2016


Why is "wacht" with a t? Shouldn't it be "wach"?

November 27, 2014


Nope, if the "t" is part of the stem (like in "wachten"), it doesn't get removed if it comes before "je" or "jij".

November 27, 2014


Oh, sure, I didn't notice the stem! Thanks!

November 27, 2014


It's like the german "worauf wartest du?"

April 24, 2015
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