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Afrikaans is an Indo-European language, derived from Dutch, mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. There are smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Angola, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It was originally the dialect that developed among the Afrikaner Protestant settlers and the indentured or slave workforce brought to the Cape area in southwestern South Africa by the Dutch East India Company.
Apart from the ge- prefix in past participle, all verbal inflection has been lost.
There is no distinction between the infinitive and present forms of verbs, with the exception of wees 'to be' and hê 'to have'.