Alleen en Maar

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The Dutch use words like 'nou', 'toch', 'hoor', 'maar', 'wel', 'eens', or 'even' to modify the tone of a sentence. Their only function is to reflect the mood or attitude of the speaker. In spoken Dutch, there is hardly a phrase that does not contain one of these hard-to-explain words.
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Alleen en Maar

Post by Cherish » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:36 pm

Hi,

Can anyone tell me the difference between alleen and maar?
The program i use to learn Dutch has used them both like this:

' Ik heb maar één schoon'.
' Ik heb alleen een lepel nodig'.

Thanks! :)

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Re: Alleen en Maar

Post by Joke » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:42 pm

Can anyone tell me the difference between alleen and maar?
The program i use to learn Dutch has used them both like this:

' Ik heb maar één schone'. Or you have to specify the 'schoon' thing: Ik heb maar één schoon T-shirt.
' Ik heb alleen een lepel nodig'.

Thanks! :)
Usually, alleen means "this and nothing else" whereas maar means "this much and not more".
Ik heb maar één schoon T-shirt = I've only got one clean shirt (not more).
Ik heb alleen een lepel nodig = I only need a spoon (no fork or knive).
Ik heb alleen twee katten = I only have two cats (and no other pets).
Ik heb maar twee katten = I have only two cats (not more).

Note that you also can use the combination alleen maar. This combination has the same meaning as alleen.

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Re: Alleen en Maar

Post by Cherish » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:50 pm

Brilliant thanks for the help!
It's words like these that makes learning Dutch with Rosetta Stone difficult, because it's hard to convey the descriptions of the words you gave in pictures.

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