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[het ant-woord, de ant-woor-den]

doubt-623847_640An “antwoord” is a verbal or written reaction: an answer. “Antwoord” is composed of “ant” and “woord” of which the latter translates to “word”. “Ant” is probably from “anti”…

“To answer” translates to either “antwoorden” (intransitive verb), “beantwoorden” (transitive verb), or “antwoord geven” (lit.: to give answer).

– “Geef antwoord!” 
(“Answer me!”)

– “Weet jij het antwoord op dit raadsel?” 
(“Do you know the answer to this

– “Je antwoord bevalt me niet.” – “Misschien hebben we een misverstand hier…”
(“I don’t like your answer.” – Maybe we have a misunderstanding here…” Lit.: “Your answer does not please me.”)

– “Frank krijgt nooit antwoord op de liefdesbrieven die hij schrijft…hij is een beetje zielig…” 
(“Frank never gets an answer to the love letters he writes…he’s a bit pathetic…”)

– “Ik heb het antwoord op al je vragen!” 
(“I have the answer to all your questions!”)

– “Vraag & antwoord.” 
(“Question & answer.”)

– “Op antwoord wachten”: to wait for an answer. See also Extra.
– “Het antwoord schuldig (moeten) blijven”: to not be able to give an
answer / to not know the answer.

– “Ik moet je het antwoord helaas schuldig blijven.” – “Het geeft niet.”
(“I’m afraid I don’t know the answer.” – “It doesn’t matter.”)

Related words:
– Antwoordapparaat: answering machine [noun] [het antwoordapparaat, de antwoordapparaten].
– Vraag: question [noun] [de vraag, de vragen].
Vragen: to ask [verb] [vragen, vroeg, h. gevraagd].

– “Pardon, mag ik u iets vragen?” – “Vanzelfsprekend.”
(“Excuse me, may I ask you something?” –

In Dutch schools, the following memory aid used to be taught to remember the correct order of mathematical operations:

Meneer Van Dale Wacht Op Antwoord”

M = “Machtsverheffen”: exponents (lit.: to raise to a power).

V = “Vermenigvuldigen”: multiplication (lit.: to multiply).

D = “Delen”: division (lit.: to divide).

W = “Worteltrekken”: roots (lit.: to extract a root).

O = “Optellen”: addition (lit.: to add).

A = “Aftrekken”: subtraction (lit.: to subtract).

Currently, the order that is taught is:
1. (haakjes) – brackets
2. machtsverheffen en worteltrekken – exponents and roots.
3. vermenigvuldigen en delen – multiplication and division.
4. optellen en aftrekken – addition and subtraction.

Lliterally “Meneer Van Dale Wacht Op Antwoord” translates to “Mister
Van Dale is waiting for an answer”. Van Dale
is also the name a well-known and authoritative dictionary of the Dutch

3 thoughts on “Antwoord

  1. In ancient times, in Dutch schools …
    “In ancient times” makes no sense here. There were no Dutch schools “in ancient times” (= in ancient Rome, or in ancient Greece).
    Perhaps you mean “long ago” or “ages ago”??

  2. I would also add another related word that I think is missing:
    “Afvragen” meaning the same as “to wonder”, when you ask something to yourself.
    For example:
    – “Ik vraag me af of hij komt” – (“I wonder if he’s coming”)
    Groetjes 🙂

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