When to break verbs appart?

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When to break verbs appart?

Post by cesarcoll » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:34 pm

As far as I can tell, according to pure theory, whenever we use a verb like "op-letten" or "meebrengen" one should divide the verb, and put the rest of the sentence in the middle. Like a sandwdich:

"breng jouw boek mee"

however, I think I've heard people putting the verb together when the "meat of the sandwich" is too think:

"meebreng de rode boek dat in de kast op jouw kamer zit"

instead of:

"breng de rode boek dat in de kast op jouw kamer zit mee"

Is this right? Or should I dose down my LSD? :P I kind of wish that it is right, because it aligns with Enlgish very neatly:

- "Pick that book up"
- "Pickup the book that's in your room's cabinet"

Is it the lenght of the sentence that determines whether it's ok to glue the verb back together? Or is it something else that I'm missing?
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* I´m not a native speaker, so trust my dutch at your own peril ;)

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Re: When to break verbs appart?

Post by ngonyama » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:38 pm

cesarcoll wrote:As far as I can tell, according to pure theory, whenever we use a verb like "op-letten" or "meebrengen" one should divide the verb, and put the rest of the sentence in the middle. Like a sandwdich:

"breng jouw boek mee"

however, I think I've heard people putting the verb together when the "meat of the sandwich" is too think:

"meebreng dehet rode boek dat in de kast op jouw kamer zitligt"

I don't think so. Separables will be separated in the imperative.


instead of:

"breng de rode boek dat in de kast op jouw kamer zit mee"

Is this right? Or should I dose down my LSD? :P I kind of wish that it is right, because it aligns with Enlgish very neatly:

- "Pick that book up"
- "Pickup the book that's in your room's cabinet"

Is it the lenght of the sentence that determines whether it's ok to glue the verb back together? Or is it something else that I'm missing?

I think you are confusing separable and inseparable verbs.
Cf.

Kijk dat boek door! -dóórkijken is separable
Doorzoek die kamer! - doorzóéken is inseparable



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Re: When to break verbs appart?

Post by inbox » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:38 am

Normally in present tense you must break them apart if they are scheidbare woorden. In perfect tense or infinitive or when you use dat then you put both together.

Ik neem mijn tasje mee.
Ik wil mijn tasje meenemen.
Ik heb het meegenomen.


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