diens

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch dienst.

Noun[edit]

diens (plural dienste)

  1. service

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

diens

  1. (demonstrative) his, the latter's (genitive masculine singular of die)
    Samen met de Nederlander Henri Albert Gosse, Jacques Paul en diens zoon Nicolas begon Schweppe in 1790 in Zwitserland een mineraalwaterfabriek. — Together with the Dutch Henri Albert Gosse, Jacques Paul and the latter's son Nicolas, Schweppe began a mineral water factory in 1790 in Switzerland.

Usage notes[edit]

Diens is used in a similar way as the possessive determiner zijn and may therefore itself be considered a possessive determiner. More correctly, however, it is a demonstrative pronoun in the genitive case, equivalent to German dessen.

Diens is rare in spoken Dutch, but used occasionally in writing to avoid confusion. Compare:

  • Hij vertelde van zijn zoon en zijn vrouw. – He told about his son and his (own) wife.
  • Hij vertelde van zijn zoon en diens vrouw. – He told about his son and the latter's wife.

The corresponding plural and feminine form is dier.


Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

diens

  1. indefinite genitive singular of dien