sehn

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Central Franconian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German *sian, northern variant of sehan. The distribution of the forms sehn and siehn in the dialects is in line with the general distribution of -ē- and -ī- for Old High German -io-, -ia-. Compare the same contraction in Old Dutch sian.

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Verb[edit]

sehn (third-person singular present süht or seiht or sitt, past tense sooch, past participle jesehn or gesehn)

  1. (Ripuarian, northern Moselle Franconian) to see
    Dat süht doch ene Blende!
    A blind man could see that!

Usage notes[edit]

  • The traditional forms are süht; sooch; jesehn in Ripuarian, and seiht; sooch; gesehn in Moselle Franconian. The present form sitt is a younger variant in some dialects.

German[edit]

Verb[edit]

sehn

  1. (colloquial, poetic, dated in formal prose) Alternative form of sehen

Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon sehan, from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (to see). Compare German sehen, Dutch zien, English see, Danish se.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (most regions) IPA(key): /seːn/, /sɛɪn/, /seɪn/, /zeːn/, /zɛɪn/, /zeɪn/
  • (Westphalia) IPA(key): /s̺eːn/, /s̺ɛɪn/, /s̺eɪn/, /s̺ɛːn/

Verb[edit]

sehn (third-person singular simple present süht, past tense seeg, past participle sehn, auxiliary verb hebben)

  1. (intransitive) to see; to look
    op wat sehn — “to look at something”
    na wat sehn — “to look for something”
  2. (intransitive, with “na ...”) to take care (of something or someone); to look (after someone)
  3. (transitive) to see (something); to view; to watch; to observe; to look at
  4. (transitive) to notice; to perceive; to realize
  5. (reflexive with a plural subject or transitive) to meet; to go to see

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