Afrikaans Articles

Afrikaans Articles

If you're trying to learn Afrikaans Articles you will find some useful resources including a course about Definite and Indefinite Articles... to help you with your Afrikaans grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Afrikaans. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Afrikaans Articles

Learning the Afrikaans Articles is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Afrikaans language. But first we need to know what the role of Articles is in the structure of the grammar in Afrikaans.

Afrikaans articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the, a, and an".

Grammar Tips:

Definite Article:

In English we use the word "the" to point out a specific thing. If someone says, "I ate all of the cake", they aren't referring to any cake, it's a specific one. Afrikaans has the same thing. In Afrikaans this word is "die", and just like in English, it can be used for the singular and the plural.

 

die (singular), die boek (the book)

die (plural), die boeke (the books)


Here are some examples:

English ArticlesAfrikaans Articles
articlesartikels
thedie
a'n
one'n
somesommige
fewpaar
the bookdie boek
the booksdie boeke
a book'n boek
one book'n boek
some books'n paar boeke
few booksn paar boeke

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Articles in Afrikaans has a logical pattern. Locate the Articles above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Afrikaans.

The indefinite article in Afrikaans is 'n which means a or an. This is never capitalised and when it occurs at the beginning of a sentence the first letter of the next word is turned into a capital instead. The definite article in Afrikaans is die and is used where in English we use the.

Grammar Tips:

Indefinite Article:

The Afrikaans word for "a" or "an" is "'n". This is called the indefinite article because it means one thing, but it cannot refer to a specific thing such as in the sentence "I ate a cake". This could be any cake. 'n Is always written with an apostrophe (') and is never capitalized, even if it starts a sentence. If it starts a sentence, then the first letter of the following word gets capitalized.

 

’n (singular), ’n boek (a book)

’n (singular) ’n huis (a house)

’n (plural) ’n paar boeke (some books)

’n (plural) ’n paar huise (some houses)


List of Articles in Afrikaans

Below is a list of vocabulary where you can use the Definite and Indefinite Articles in Afrikaans. Try to practice but also memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Afrikaans vocabulary.

English VocabularyAfrikaans Vocabulary
Foodvoedsel / kos
almondsamandels
breadbrood
breakfastOntbyt
butterbotter
candylekkers
cheesekaas
chickenhoender
cuminkomyn
dessertnagereg
dinneraandete
fishvis
fruitvrugte
ice creamroomys
lamblam
lemonsuurlemoen
lunchmiddagete
mealmaaltyd
meatvleis
ovenoond
pepperpeper
plantsplante
porkvark
saladslaai
saltsout
sandwichtoebroodjie
sausagewors
soupsop
sugarsuiker
supperaandete
turkeykalkoen
appleappel
bananapiesang
orangeslemoene
peachesperskes
peanutgrondboonjie
pearspere
pineapplepynappel
grapesdruiwe
strawberriesaarbeie
vegetablesvrugte
carrotwortel
cornmielie
cucumberkomkommer
garlicknoffel
lettuceblaarslaai
olivesolywe
onionsuie
pepperspepers
potatoesaartappels
pumpkinpampoen
beansbone
tomatoestamaties

Definite and Indefinite Articles have a very important role in Afrikaans, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Afrikaans Articles, you might want to check the rest of our Afrikaans lessons here: Learn Afrikaans. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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