"Dit is het westelijk halfrond."

Translation:This is the western hemisphere.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/chinmayhej
chinmayhej
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Wait, shouldn't this be "het westelijke"? I thought after the definite article, the adjective gets an added "e"....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vam1980
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Some adjectives remain without -e in phrases that are considered fixed word combinations. Other examples are: "het Europees Parlement" ('the European Parliament'), "het Nederlands elftal" ('the Dutch football team') and "het lijdend voorwerp" ('the object' in linguistics).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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True, but I think in this case there is no -e because this is usually dropped for cardinal directions before het woorden. E.g. het westelijk havengebied, het oostelijk deel, etc.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vam1980
vam1980
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I was not aware that that rule/convention(?) existed. I stand corrected :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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There's always the extra exception you're not aware of. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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Not really, there are too many exceptions to that. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BillofKempsey
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Is this a definition of Nederlands?

3 years ago
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