Afrikaans Pronouns

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Afrikaans Pronouns

Learning the Afrikaans Pronouns displayed below is vital to the language. Afrikaans pronouns include personal pronouns (refer to the persons speaking, the persons spoken to, or the persons or things spoken about), indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns (connect parts of sentences) and reciprocal or reflexive pronouns (in which the object of a verb is being acted on by verb's subject).

Grammar Tips:

In English personal pronouns are (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they), and (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them), In Afrikaans, the personal pronouns are:

Ek ... (I), jy (you), hy (he), sy (she), 

Ons (we), hulle (they)

Examples: Ek leer (I learn), jy leer (you learn), hy leer (he learns), sy leer (she learns), u leer (you learn [polite]), ons leer (we learn), julle leer (you learn [plural, friendly]), hulle leer (they learn).

 

Indirect Object Pronouns:

Indirect object pronouns are words that replace the indirect object, which is usually a person.

Ek (me), jy (you), hy/sy (him, her, you (formal), ons (us), jy (you), hulle (them):

Examples: Gee vir my die boek (give me the book). Ek is lief vir jou (I love you).

 

Possessive Pronouns:

Myne (mine), joune (yours), syne (his, hers), wie se (who's), met wie (with whom), waarvan (of which).

 

Gee vir my die boek, die boek is myne.  (Give me the book, the book is mine.)

Dit is haar ma wie se motor gebreek het.  (It is her mother, the one who's car broke down.)

Die hond waarvan die poot seer is.  (The dog, of which the leg is sore.)


Here are some examples:

English PronounsAfrikaans Pronouns
PronounsVoornaamwoorde
IEk
youjy
hehy
shesy
weons
theyhulle
memy
youjy
himhom
herhaar
usons
themhulle
mymy
yourjou
hissy
herhaar
ourons
theirhul
minemyne
yoursjoune
hissyne
hershaar
oursons s'n
theirshulle s'n

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

Note: jy is used in the singular when addressing one person only and informal. julle is used when speaking to more than one person. u is the formal version of you and is used both in the singular and plural.

There no case distinction for ons, julle, and hulle. Also no distinction is made between objective pronouns and possessive pronouns when used before nouns. For example the Afrikaans pronoun my can mean my or me

List of Pronouns in Afrikaans

Below is a list of the Personal pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, reciprocal or reflexive pronouns in Afrikaans placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Afrikaans vocabulary.

English PronounsAfrikaans Pronouns
I speakEk praat
you speakjy praat
he speaksHy praat
she speakssy praat
we speakons praat
they speakhulle praat
give megee my
gee jou
give himgee hom
give hergee haar
give usgee ons
give themgee hulle
my bookmy boek
your bookjou boek
his booksy boek
her bookhaar boek
our bookons boek
their bookhul boek

Personal pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, reciprocal or reflexive pronouns have a very important role in Afrikaans. Once you're done with Afrikaans Pronouns, 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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