difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

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difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

Post by gustaaf kusno » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:59 am

I would like to know the difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'.
In my understanding, both mean 'an equipment' or 'a device', so I don't see the difference.
Your answer will be mostly appreciated. :lol:

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Re: difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

Post by BrutallyFrank » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:02 am

If there is any difference, I'd say that 'apparaat' is more specific than 'apparatuur'. It's like a 'koe-dier constructie' (a cow is an animal, but an animal is not necessarily a cow). An 'apparaat' is part of the 'apparatuur', but not all parts of the 'apparatuur' have to be an 'apparaat'. For instance: software for a musical device, which can be part of the 'apparatuur', but isn't an 'apparaat' in itself.
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Re: difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

Post by Joke » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:58 pm

Een apparaat is one thing. You can count apparaten.
Apparatuur is an uncountable, collective word.

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Re: difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

Post by gustaaf kusno » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:20 am

Thanks a lot to Brutally Frank and Joke for the enlightening. I still have a question concerning these 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'. As far as I know, these two are nouns used solely for inanimate objects. Can we use 'apparaat' or 'apparatuur' for animate object (i.e. living object) such as 'civil servant' ('ambtenarenapparaat')? In Indonesia, we are used to referring government employees as 'aparat', which make me wonder whether this usage is a misnomer. Thank you.

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Re: difference between 'apparaat' and 'apparatuur'

Post by BrutallyFrank » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:03 am

Funny that you mentioned this. A civil servant is indeed part of the 'ambtenarenapparaat', but that doesn't make it an animate object. It's a tool for an organisation, which is one of the meanings of the word ´apparaat´.
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