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Watch and / or read the explanation and examples on this part of Frisian grammar: plural of nouns. Also: learn how to practice Frisian grammar.

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Plural

The Frisian plural has different endings.
For example -en as in: wurden, freonen and dagen.
But also -s as in: âlders, oersetters.

The regular plural ending is –en: bist, bisten.

Another common plural ending is -s, which is used with a considerable number of words:

  • Many words with foreign origin, like maraton, maratons.
  • Words ending in unstressed -el, -em, -en, -er, -ert. For example dochter, dochters.
  • Words ending in -y: hobby, hobbys.
  • All diminutives: suske, suskes.
  • Words ending in -a, -o or -u get an apostrophe with an s, like foto, foto’s.

In the dialogues you heard the word bern. This word is irregular: the word has the same form for singular and plural.

ien bern one child
twa bern two children

Practise with Quizlet

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