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Nominal inflection

Dutch nominal inflection is suffixal in general. Dutch nouns inflect for two grammatical categories: number and case. Moreover, they bear the lexical feature gender. The gender of a noun is generally invariant and remains unexpressed on the noun itself, but is marked on other words in the phrase, the clause and beyond. The number and case value of a noun varies according to context. The two features differ in the way they are marked: plural is overtly expressed by means of a suffix, while case markers only occur on a small number of nouns, on pronouns and in a variety of fixed expressions.


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