slaap jij? why not slaapt jij?

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slaap jij? why not slaapt jij?

Post by KPHolland » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:58 pm

If the verb "slapen" is conjugated as ik slaap/jij slaapt, etc., why do we say "slaap jij?" when we ask? why do we use the verb that should belong to the first person singular? Thanks :)

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Re: slaap jij? why not slaapt jij?

Post by ngonyama » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:26 am

KPHolland wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:58 pm
If the verb "slapen" is conjugated as ik slaap/jij slaapt, etc., why do we say "slaap jij?" when we ask? why do we use the verb that should belong to the first person singular? Thanks :)

Yes, in inversion the ending -t disappears and I have no idea why. It happens only with jij/je not with the (older) gij/ge that is still in use in the south.

ge slaapt -> slaapt ge
je slaapt -> slaap je

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