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How do you say daddy-long-legs in Dutch? How many ways are there to say "thank you" or "you're welcome"? Post everything about vocabulary here.
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Wat is het verschil tussen…

Post by mr_psm » Wed May 03, 2017 8:10 pm

• Betreffen & Gaan om: “het betreft het volgende”, “het gaat om het volgende”

• Slechts & maar: “Het kost maar drie dollar”, “Het kost slechts drie dollar”

• Netjes & Keurig: “de ruimte is keurig”, “de ruimte is netjes”

• Gedonder & Meoite: “ik heb gedonder op mijn werk”, “ik heb moeite op mijn werk”

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Re: Wat is het verschil tussen…

Post by ngonyama » Thu May 04, 2017 11:07 pm

mr_psm wrote:• Betreffen & Gaan om: “het betreft het volgende”, “het gaat om het volgende”

Pretty much synonymous

• Slechts & maar: “Het kost maar drie dollar”, “Het kost slechts drie dollar”

Mostly a matter of register. Maar is more 'ordinary language', slechts is pretty formal

• Netjes & Keurig: “de ruimte is keurig”, “de ruimte is netjes”

keurig is a bit stronger than netjes and keurig is also more formal

• Gedonder & Meoite: “ik heb gedonder op mijn werk”, “ik heb moeite op mijn werk”
gedonder is almost a four letter word. In fact a lot of expressions with thunder and lightning were originally swearwords (A remnant of the pagan god Donar (Thor)?) It also means more "being in trouble" in the sense of having conflicts or managerial trouble. Moeite indicates more "having trouble" in the sense of not being up to the task you are facing.

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