Help with the word "Dan"

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Help with the word "Dan"

Post by enitwagenaar » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:47 pm

Hello friends:

I hope someone can help me.
I have a doubt about a sentence with "dan"

"Herhaal de oude teksten vaak. Dan onthoud je woorden beter."

What kind of word is "dan" in this case? And why the verb "onthoud" it have been written without a "t" at the end, like "onthoudt".

Thanks everybody for your help!!

Enit

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Re: Help with the word "Dan"

Post by Quetzal » Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:52 pm

It just means "then" (entonces). There is an implied "if... then": "Als je de oude teksten vaak herhaalt, dan onthoud je woorden beter."

And "onthoud": this is something special about Dutch. For the second person singular (je / jij), you have to add a T only if the subject is before the verb. If the verb comes first, there's no T. So:

jij onthoudt - onthoud jij
jij gaat - ga jij
jij bent - ben jij

and so on. This mostly happens in questions, but it can also happen in other sentences.

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Re: Help with the word "Dan"

Post by enitwagenaar » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:11 am

Thank you very much!!!

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