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"Het lichte kind en de zware man"

Translation:The light child and the heavy man

February 7, 2015



I thought that you must leave the e off the adjective (ie "lichte") if preceding a "het" noun (ie kind). I also find it confusing that it's "het meisje" when being a "girl" is not gender neutral. Thanks. Brett.


Leaving the '-e' indeed applies when a noun is a 'het-woord', but only when 'een' is used (or when there's no article used, but that does not happen very often). So

  • Het lichte kind
  • Een licht kind

As for your second question, it's 'het meisje' because 'meisje' is a diminutive. All diminutives are 'het' (except for the plural forms), so it's 'het jongetje' too. The augmentative of 'het meisje' is 'de meid'.

Note that a grammatical gender is not the same as a biological gender.


Dear xMerrie - Many thanks for your kind reply and explanation (Dank U Vaal !); it was very helpful .... (o: Best wishes, Brett.


Ah, you're welcome! (Graag gedaan!) :)


Augmentative. I was wondering what the corresponding word to diminutive was. Thank you xMerrie.


Haha, welcome! I didn't know that either, but wikipedia is a great help sometimes! :)


Ah, yes. The University of Wikipedia/Google.


Could somebody please explain the root for zware?


i understand keeping "e" in "het lichte kind", but why keep it for "heavy"? shouldn't it be dropped when using the definite article for "man"?


To avoid further confusion, I would expand Erik's comment like this: -e is added to all adjectives that precede a noun except when it is indefinite neuter. It cannot be emphasised enough that not adding -e is the exception, not the other way around.


Right. That is a very clear way of explaining it. I was only giving a specific answer for this sentence, but yours is a more complete response.


The -e is added any time it precedes a noun with a definite article, whether het or de.


Hi. I'm still a mess. Kind is a het word Man is a de word Why end both adjetives, lichte en zware, in -e, and is not zwaar? Thanks in advance


The definite article of 'kind' is 'de', so why does it use 'het' here?


The definite article for kind actually is het.


I stand to be corrected, but ...the lite child ...would be more appropriate in todays lingo. Lite stems from the 1970s and is an informal usage of light, and quite common in the advertising world. As a minimum , it is less ambiguous than light.


Well, the kid's not a beer, right? Let me give you a one-word answer that's also rather common in the advertising world: No.

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