Afrikaans Articles & Demonstratives

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Afrikaans Articles & Demonstratives

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The definite and indefinite articles are quite easy to learn in Afrikaans. The is translated by die in both the singular and plural while a or an is translated by ‘n. There is no plural indefinite article. (‘n is pronounced as a schwa, i.e. “uh” as in the last syllable of sofa)

die boek the book ‘n boek a book
die boeke the books boeke books

Die vrug is duur. The fruit is expensive.
Die seun sien ‘n meisie. The boy sees a girl.
Hy gee vir haar ‘n blom. He gives her a flower.

Demonstratives

hierdie boek this book daardie boek that book
hierdie boeke these books daardie boeke those books



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