Languages

Afrikaans

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Introduction

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.

The verb

Apart from the ge- prefix in past participle, all verbal inflection has been lost.

Sample verb gaan 'to go'.

Infinitivegaan
Presentgaan
Past participlegegaan

The irregular verbs: wees and hê

There is no distinction between the infinitive and present forms of verbs, with the exception of wees 'to be' and 'to have'.

Infinitivewees
Presentis
Past participlegewees
Infinitive
Presenthet
Past participlegehad

References

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