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S/Z; boos/bose


Hi guys.

I am doing an exercise that involves adding -e to words to change the spelling and I don't understand why 'boos' becomes 'bose'.

I understand that 'oo' becomes 'o' because in adding -e you are changing it to an open syllable. What I don't understand is why does it not become 'boze'?

Many thanks!


For learning: Dutch
Base language: English
Category: Other



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    In fact, it does become 'boze'. :)

    De vrouw is boos. - Zij is een boze vrouw.

    'Wortel' becomes 'wortelen' and not 'wortellen' because the last syllable of 'wortel' is not stressed. In that case, the plural usually only gets a single consonant. You can find a more thorough explanation (in Dutch) at

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