Word question: Regent!

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Word question: Regent!

Post by maas13 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:11 pm

I was doing a word order quiz on this website (subordinating clauses) and part of a sentence confused me slightly.
The sentence was: "Mark wordt altijd depressief als het meer dan een week regent."

I understood the sentence with the exception of the word 'regent', which, when I looked it up, translated as 'governor' or 'regent'.

I really don't understand what this had to do with the rest of the sentence: the quiz told me it translated as "Mark always gets depressed when it rains for more than a week."
- Governor isn't mentioned at all! I'm so confused.

Quiz: quiz.php?mode=play&q=46

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by Joke » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:25 pm

Regent is here the third person singular of the verb regenen = rain.
Het regent = It is raining (lit: it rains)
The stress in this word is on the first syllable.

Regent with the stress on the last syllable means regent, governor. It's a completely different word.

You won't find the 'rain' meaning of this word in the dictionary, because dictionaries usally only list the full form of verbs, in this case regenen.

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by maas13 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:31 pm

Aha, thank you!
That was really obvious, I don't know how I overlooked that. Must be tired.

But cheers, really cleared up the confusion! :D

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by ngonyama » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:06 pm

Joke wrote:Regent is here the third person singular of the verb regenen = rain.
Het regent = It is raining (lit: it rains)
The stress in this word is on the first syllable.

Regent with the stress on the last syllable means regent, governor. It's a completely different word.

You won't find the 'rain' meaning of this word in the dictionary, because dictionaries usally only list the full form of verbs, in this case regenen.
Really Joke?? See: http://nl.wiktionary.org/wiki/regent

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by Bert » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:36 pm

Wiktionary is de uitzondering die de regel bevestigt. :)

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by ngonyama » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:40 pm

Daar heb je wel een beetje gelijk in Bert en er is best wel een hoop discussie geweest op wiktionary of we die kant wel uit moesten of niet. Veel mensen verwezen naar het feit dat dat in papieren woordenboeken inderdaad een zeldzaamheid is, hoewel er natuurlijk al lang Analytische Lexicons geweest waren bijvoorbeeld voor Homerus of de Bijbel. De discussie hierboven laat zien dat het een goede keuze geweest is om alle woorden (ook verbuigingen en vervoegingen) mee te nemen. Vooral voor mensen die een taal proberen te leren is dat wel degelijk belangrijk.

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Re: Word question: Regent!

Post by Joke » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:54 pm

Ik schreef toch ook 'usually'.
Blijkbaar was het woordenboek waarin Maas13 het heeft opgezocht er eentje zonder vervoegingen.
Maar je hoort mij niet zeggen dat dat niet nuttig is om ook vervoegde vormen op te nemen.

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