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Use ‘even’. It sounds sweeter


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Strange words that don’t mean a lot, but are used a lot: sentence fillers

The Dutch word ‘even’ literally translated: just a moment

Phonetic: [ˈevə(n)]

NL: Wacht even – EN: Wait a second/minute

BUT it’s also used for politeness; it makes the sentence more polite, sweeter

Ik zal even in zijn agenda kijken – EN: I’ll check his diary/schedule
Kun je me even helpen? – EN: Can you help me? … and even more polite: Kunt u me even helpen?

NL: Wil je even mijn tas pakken? – EN: Could […]