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English

Noun

Singular
hun

Plural
-

hun (-)
  1. (slang) Affectionate abbreviation of honey.
  2. A grey partridge.

Breton

Noun

hun

  1. sleep

Danish

Noun

hun c.

  1. female
  2. hen (female bird)

Pronoun

hun

  1. she

Dutch

Pronunciation

Pronoun

hun (Template loop detected: Template:context 1)

  1. The dative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: them, to them.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The accusative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: them.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The nominative case of the third-person plural personal pronoun: they.

hun (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (independent possessive hunne)

  1. The third-person plural possessive pronoun: their.

Usage notes

The distinction between hen (for the accusative) and hun is an artificially created one. It was invented by the seventeenth century scholar Christiaen van Heule, to make Dutch look more like Latin. In practice almost everybody has trouble remembering when to use the one or the other, since this distinction is not made in any other person. Thus it is common to hear sentences like:

  • Hij heeft hun verraden. (“He betrayed them.”)
  • Ze zijn met hun uitgegaan. (“They went out with them.”)

The inverse is also common:

  • Ik heb het hen gegeven. (“I gave it to them.”)

In written texts, care is usually taken to make ‘correct’ use of them. To circumvent this problem, often the nominative case is used for both, although doing so is not generally accepted.

  • Hij heeft ze verraden.
  • Ze zijn met ze uitgegaan.
  • Ik heb het ze gegeven.

The use of hun for the nominative case, however, is more locally restrained and still generally considered wrong.

For more information, see the article in the Dutch Wikipedia.

Related terms


Hungarian

Pronunciation

Adjective

hun (not comparable)

  1. of or pertaining to Huns

Noun

hun (plural hunok)

  1. Hun

Declension


Korean

Noun

hun (, hangeul , hanja )

  1. Teaching, instruction, guidance.
  2. The meaning of a Hanja (Chinese character).

Derived terms

Antonyms


Malay

Noun

hun

  1. A unit of weight equal to one hundredth of a tahil.

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

hun

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, hūn, hún, hǔn, or hùn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Norwegian

Pronoun

hun

  1. she

Tetum

Noun

hun

  1. bottom or base
  2. beginning
  3. origin

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