Afrikaans

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Afrikaans
  • Alternate names:
  • Language code: afr
  • Language family: Indo-European, Classical Indo-European, Germanic, Northwest Germanic, West Germanic, Macro-Dutch, Middle-Modern Dutch, Modern Dutch, Global Dutch, Afrikaansic
  • Number of speakers: 5965879
  • Script: Latin script

More information:

    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