Afrikaans Plural

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Afrikaans Plural

Learning the Afrikaans Plural displayed below is vital to the language. Afrikaans Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers.

Grammar Tips:

While in English, the plural is formed by adding (s) to the singular. In Afrikaans, to form the plural of nouns and adjectives we add (-s) to words ending in a vowel and (-es) to words ending in a consonant. Here are some examples:

 

swerm (a swarm) becomes: swerms (e.g. a swarm of bees/'n swerm bye)

vrou (one woman) becomes: vrouens (some women)

hierdie is my rooi motor (this is my red car) becomes: hierdie is my rooi motors (these are my red cars)

 

Ambiguous plural forms:

Sy bril het gebreek. (His glasses broke.)

Ons skryf eksamen aan die einde van die jaar. (We write exams at the end of the year.)

Die uitslag van die toets is reeds bekend. (The results of the test have been released.)

 

Vriend (friend) becomes: Vriende (friends)

Een vrou (one woman) becomes: Baie vroue (many women)

Dit is my rooi motor (this is my red car) becomes: Dit is my rooi motors (these are my red cars)

Ek het een kat (I have a cat) becomes: Ek het twee katte (I have two cats) – note, in this example, an (–e) was added, as well as another consonant (t), to make sure the word has a short sound.


Here are some examples:

English PluralAfrikaans Plural
PluralMeervoud
my bookmy boek
my booksmy boeke
our daughterons dogter
our daughtersons dogters
I'm coldek kry koud
we're coldons kry koud
his chickenssy hoenders
their chickenhulle hoender

Notice the structure of the Plural in Afrikaans has a logical pattern. Locate the Plural above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Afrikaans.

Note: Because Afrikaans has lost its case system, nouns do not have grammatical gender and there is a distinction between the singular and plural forms of nouns. The most common plural marker is the suffix -e, but several common nouns form their plural instead by adding a final -s.

List of Plurals in Afrikaans

Below is a list of the Plurals and Singulars in Afrikaans placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Afrikaans vocabulary.

English PluralAfrikaans Plural
alligatorkrokodil
alligatorsAlligators
bearbeer
bearsbere
birdvoël
birdsvoëls
bullbul
bullsbulle
catkat
catskatte
cowkoei
cowskoeie
deerbok
many deerbokke
doghond
dogshonde
donkeydonkie
donkeysdonkies
eaglearend
eaglesarende
elephantolifant
elephantsolifante
giraffekameelperd
giraffeskameelperde
goatbok
goatsbokke
horseperd
horsesperde
lionleeu
lionsleeus
monkeyaap
monkeysape
mousemuis
micemuise
rabbithaas / konyn
rabbitshase / konyne
snakeslang
snakesslange
tigertier
tigerstiere
wolfWolf
wolveswolwe

Plural and Singular have a very important role in Afrikaans. Once you're done with Afrikaans Plural, 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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