hun

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun ‎(uncountable)

  1. (slang) Affectionate abbreviation of honey.
  2. A grey partridge.

Anagrams[edit]


Breton[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun ?

  1. sleep

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun c (singular definite hunnen, plural indefinite hunner)

  1. female, she
  2. hen (female bird)

Inflection[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hun ‎(objective case hende, possessive hendes)

  1. (personal) she

See also[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hun ‎(personal)

  1. The dative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: them, to them.
  2. (proscribed) The accusative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: them.
  3. (proscribed, dialectical, Netherlands) The nominative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: they.

hun (dependent possessive) (independent possessive hunne)

  1. The third-person plural possessive pronoun: their.

Usage notes[edit]

Hun as (in)direct object[edit]

The difference between hen (as direct object) and hun (as indirect object) does not stem from actual language usage,but was created artificially by the prescriptive grammarian Christiaen van Heule in the 17th century in an attempt to differentiate between the accusative (direct object) and dative case (indirect object); he was inspired by the Latin case system.

In practice, hen and hun have always been used interchangeably and many speakers are not aware or have trouble remembering when to use the one or the other, in part because of the rule's artificiality, in part because the distinction in form between the accusative and dative case is not made anywhere else in the language. As a consequence, it is common to hear sentences like these:

  • Hij heeft hun verraden. (“He has betrayed them.”)
  • Ze zijn met hun uitgegaan. (“They have gone out with them.”)

The inverse is also common:

  • Ik heb het hen gegeven. (“I have given it to them.”)

In an attempt to circumvent this problem, the nominative case can be used for both:

  • Hij heeft ze verraden.
  • Ze zijn met ze uitgegaan.
  • Ik heb het ze gegeven.

In recent years, the interchangeable usage of hen and hun is no longer considered erroneous.[1]

Hun as subject[edit]

The use of hun for the nominative case is generally in the Netherlands and is widely considered incorrect, both in written and spoken language. Interestingly, this usage of hun occurs only when referring to people and personified living beings, never to things and objects. For more information, see the article in the Dutch Wikipedia.

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Related terms[edit]


Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hun (not comparable)

  1. of or pertaining to Huns

Conjunction[edit]

hun

  1. (regional) where (regional variant of hol)

Noun[edit]

hun ‎(plural hunok)

  1. Hun

Declension[edit]


Label[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Tolai vudu and Patpatar hudu.

Noun[edit]

hun

  1. banana

References[edit]

  • Ulrike Mosel, Tolai and Tok Pisin: the influence of the substratum on the development of New Guinea Pidgin (1980)

Malay[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun

  1. A unit of weight equal to one hundredth of a tahil.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

hun (Zhuyin ㄏㄨㄣ˙)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of hūn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of hún.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of hǔn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of hùn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mizo[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun

  1. time

North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian hond. Cognates include Mooring North Frisian hönj and West Frisian hân.

Noun[edit]

hun f ‎(plural hunen)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) (anatomy) hand
    a rocht(er)/lacht(er) hun
    the right/left hand

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hon.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hun ‎(accusative henne, genitive hennes)

  1. she

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]


Old Portuguese[edit]

Article[edit]

hun

  1. Alternative form of ũu

Tetum[edit]

Noun[edit]

hun

  1. bottom, base
  2. beginning
  3. origin

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Intentional mispronunciation of hôn, to avoid awkward situations, chiefly in Southern dialects.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

hun

  1. (Southern Vietnam, slang, especially on the lips) to kiss

Synonyms[edit]