iets

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Afrikaans[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch iets.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /its/
  • (file)

Pronoun[edit]

iets

  1. something

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch iet, a contraction of earlier iewet, from Old Dutch iowiht. This Old Dutch compound is formed from Old Dutch ie- 'anything' and a second constituent corresponding to Middle Dutch wicht 'being, creature', earlier meaing 'thing'. Cognate with Limburgish get, Central Franconian jet, English aught.

The suffix -s is taken from Old Dutch niets whose -s is an old partitive genitive ending.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

iets

  1. something
    Mag het iets meer zijn? : May it be something more?
    Mag het iets minder zijn? : May it be something less?
  2. anything
    Anders nog iets? : Anything else? (literally: Otherwise yet/still something?)

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: iets

Adverb[edit]

iets

  1. somewhat

Anagrams[edit]


Latvian[edit]

Participle[edit]

iets (definite ietais)

  1. gone; indefinite past passive participle of iet 
    ar mazo spēkstaciju atbalstu ir iets par tāluas for (lit. with) the support for small power plants (it) is gone too far
    atceries kādreiz takas, kas ietasremember sometime the paths that were gone (= gone by, traveled)

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