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R-pronouns and indefinite expletive der

R-pronouns are pronouns which can function either as locative adverbs or as prepositional complements. They all contain the letter /r/, which is how they got their name. The /r/ is not pronounced in earne somewhere and nearne nowhere. R-pronouns functioning as prepositional complements behave differently from prepositional complements which are not R-pronouns.

The R-pronoun der there has the additional function of being an expletive in the subject position of indefinite sentences. It is incompatible with wh-phrases that can be resumed by definite pronouns, unlike its Dutch equivalent.


More details about R-pronouns and the indefinite expletive der can be found by following the corresponding links: