'af' and 'aan' prepositions in a sentence...

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'af' and 'aan' prepositions in a sentence...

Post by kobi1988 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:55 pm

Hello everyone!

I ran into this sentence in a text:
Van het begin af aan wordt de groei gestuurd door hormonen.

Why exactly are "af" and "aan" needed? Will the sentence remain correct without them?


Thanks,
Kobi :)

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Re: 'af' and 'aan' prepositions in a sentence...

Post by ngonyama » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:12 am

kobi1988 wrote:Hello everyone!

I ran into this sentence in a text:
Van het begin af aan wordt de groei gestuurd door hormonen.

Why exactly are "af" and "aan" needed? Will the sentence remain correct without them?


Thanks,
Kobi :)
Ah, idiom.. Why is idiom the way it is...

You can say

"Vanaf het begin is dat al zo." - it has been that way since the beginning.

Vanaf without 'aan' in this case, but "is" expresses a state rather a process. "Aan" suggests that there is a stream of things happening after the beginning. (As in English: from that day on). Why the "vanaf" is seperable in that case? Dunno. But it is.

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Re: 'af' and 'aan' prepositions in a sentence...

Post by kobi1988 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:58 pm

Got it :)
Thanks for the explanation!

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