Trellum Posted February 27, 2015 Report Share Posted February 27, 2015 Hi there! I hope someone can help me out with this... I've been studying dutch very hard last few weeks, it's of my understanding that ''omdat'' and ''want'' both mean because. What I don't know is when omdat should be used instead of want and visceversa? So far I have seen more phrases using ''want'' and not so many with ''omdat''. Also, why dutch people add ''er'' to certain sentences where that word doesn't seem to have any kind of purpose or make no sense, at least not for an english speaking person? Like for example:Er wonen in Nederland mensen uit allerlei culturen. <--- What does the ''Er'' really mean in a sentence like this? ''There''? Couldn't be better to phrase it like this: In Nederland mensen uit allerlei culturen wonen. I'm not complaninig or anything, but can someon please explain me the function of ''er'' in this sentence? I'm trying to hard to make sense of this language.Als er een stevige wind staat, ga ik naar zee. <--- Again ''er'', in my book it translates to ''there'', but google says it's ''is''. So am supposed to translate this as: if there is a strong wind, i go to the sea...''. I don't know, but the ''Er'' in this sentence seems to have no purpose (again, bear in mind my dutch is still very basic) so why add it? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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