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Partitive predication with prepositions

An example of a partitive predication with a preposition is provided below:

‘n engel van 'n kind
a angel PTCL.PTV a child
an angel of a child

A partitive predication consists of three elements:

  • A noun functioning as a predicate
  • The preposition van of
  • A content noun of which the first noun is predicated

The predicate noun is usually preceded by an indefinite article in the singular. It can also be preceded by a demonstrative, especially if its meaning is negative:

Daardie vark van 'n man
that pig PTCL.PTV a man
That asshole
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