Let’s talk about the mysterious little word ‘er’. A Macedonia Phone Number complicated word that is not (easy) to explain to non-Dutch speakers. A word that is often said to be better left out, where possible. Especially if you are a student or journalist. But why? I read a nice column by Eva Peek in NRC about the word ‘er’, after which I fell into the Google hole. The Macedonia Phone Number more I read about it, the more interesting it got. What makes the Macedonia Phone Number word ‘er’ so special that article after article is written about it? I dove in.
‘There was once Macedonia Phone Number
‘There was once… The tip ‘it’s better to omit the Macedonia Phone Number word ‘er” I have never received from anyone myself. Who then? After some googling, this appears to be partly outdated advice and partly relevant for students and journalists. As Charlotte Meindersma states under NRC’s Instagram post: Screenshot of an Instagram post. As an Macedonia Phone Number editor, I wouldn’t consciously omit this word, just like her editor. I wouldn’t know why… That’s why I dived in . The meaning of ‘there’ Where ‘there’ seems like a small simple in-between word, this mini-word offers you no fewer than 5 different Macedonia Phone Number possibilities for a sentence structure: For a positioning: I live there .
The meaning of ‘there’ Macedonia Phone Number
Attached to a preposition: er aan (= aan het). Combined with a Macedonia Phone Number numeral: I have two . As a tentative subject: there is a horse in the hallway. As ‘subject’ in a passive sense: the doorbell rings. So you can use it as a reference, to avoid repetition, or as a subject. If you say ‘I have 2’ to someone out of the blue, of course nobody Macedonia Phone Number knows what it is about. But if the question ‘how many children Macedonia Phone Number do you have?’ is said, ‘I have 2’ suddenly has a meaning. Answering with ‘I have two children’ is then ‘unnecessary’ repetition.