Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

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Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Spacemonger » Thu May 17, 2012 8:23 pm

Wat is het verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer?
I know both mean sir or mister, but is one considered more archaic or regional than the other?

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Quetzal » Thu May 17, 2012 8:26 pm

Spacemonger wrote:Wat is het verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer?
I know both mean sir or mister, but is one considered more archaic or regional than the other?

Dank u :)
"Mijnheer" is the recommended spelling. "Meneer" is used sometimes in less formal written texts because that's how you pronounce it - I suppose some people might find the spelling "mijnheer" archaic (pronouncing it like that definitely is archaic).

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Spacemonger » Thu May 17, 2012 8:43 pm

Dank u, eervolle mijnheer Quetzal!

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Mauss » Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:29 pm

No it's used different ; 'mijnheer' is old-fashioned. nobody uses it anymore. In letters people say: Heer A.deken, but not mijnheer or meneer. Meneer is what everyone says. So i recommend not to use mijnheer anymore.

Sorry for my bad english, i am dutch and i want to learn it to other people and also improve my language skills

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by grizzler » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:05 pm

Don't use 'meneer' in important letters if you want to be taken seriously. :D

Really, it's not that old fashioned. Read what Quetzal wrote in May. It's spot on.

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Mauss » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:44 pm

I agree, in a letter you shouldn't use meneer, but nobody uses mijnheer too. Only 'De Heer'

Maybe there is a difference between belgium dutch and dutch dutch about this matter. I'll try to find more information about it.

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Re: Verschil tussen mijnheer en meneer

Post by Bert » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:47 pm

Dutch Dutch is cute! :) Otherwise I think you're right ('Geachte heer/mevrouw').

http://www.cambiumned.nl/brief.htm#zakelijke%20brief

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