Old Dutch

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Old Dutch is a linguistic term denoting the forms of West Franconian spoken and written during the early Middle Ages (c. 500 - 1150) in the Netherlands and the northern part of present-day Belgium. Old Dutch is considered the first stage in the development of a separate Dutch language and is succeeded by Middle Dutch in the later Middle Ages.

The Old Dutch verb

  • 3 moods: Indicative, Subjunctive, and Imperative
  • 2 tenses: Present and Past
  • 2 numbers: Singular and Plural
  • 3 persons

Sample verb: neron

  • Present participle: nerant
  • Past participle: generot
Present Past Present Past
Sg.1 neron neroda nere nerode -
Sg.2 neros nerodos neres nerodes nero!
Sg.3 nerot neroda nere nerode -
Pl.1 neron nerodon neren neroden -
Pl.2 nerot nerodet neret nerodet nerot
Pl.3 neront nerodon neren neroden -

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