Pronunciation of the prefix 'ver-'

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Pronunciation of the prefix 'ver-'

Post by Marco » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:15 pm

As a Dutch speaker I'm of course familiar with the language, but I wanted to show you something that I (only) recently discovered and it surprised me I hadn't noticed it before. I guess it's true you still learn something every day. I don't know if it's been pointed out already, but I'll just post it:

The Dutch prefix 'ver-' can be pronounced in two different ways:
- as a mute 'e'
- as the 'normal' 'e', as in the English 'bed'

So when you see the verb 'vergeten' (to forget), you can pronounce it both 'vuhrgeten' and 'vergeten'. I prefer the first version, but I also know people who take the second option. :)

May I add that I don't know whether one of the two is better, but when you ever come to Holland you at least won't be surprised by it now. :)

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