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"Wij eten een lichte lunch."

Translation:We are eating a light lunch.

December 21, 2014



what makes the difference between adding the e at the end or not?


Dutch adjectives are inflected/declined by certain rules. Please check this wonderful post by the Dutch team!


I cannot access the explanation, so could someone please tell me why 'lichte' and not 'licht'.


Because "lunch" is a common gender noun, and you need to add an -e to adjectives that premodify common gender nouns.


Mmmmm. Thanks for that explanation!


I echo some thanks, it makes sense! But just to clarify... Do most adjectives before nouns end with -e? Or just the ones before common gender nouns?


Actually, most adjective add the -e, except for those that precede an unspecified het noun (a.k.a. neuter gender noun):

  • een mooi meisje

  • het mooie meisje

A noun is specified when it's preceded by:

  • a definite article (de/het)

  • a possessive determiner/adjective (mijn, jouw, haar, zijn, etc.)

  • a demonstrative determiner (deze, dit, etc.)

So if the noun (or adjective+noun) is preceded by one of these words, it's specified, thus you need to add the -e.

At least, that's as far as I can remember! ;)


Great, bedankt! :D

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