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Disambiguation: Dutch 'Even' - Multiple Meanings and Related Words

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Even

click to hear 2 3
  1. a moment - "wait a moment!"
  2. (even ... als) equally, just as - "I'm just as clever as you are"
  3. even numbers - "odd and even numbers"

1. 'even' = 'for a moment, a short time'

heel even click to hear 2 a very short time
Wacht even click to hear 2 Wait a moment
zoëven click to hear 2 3 a moment ago (zoeven - >>)
even zitten! click to hear 2 I need to sit down and relax for a moment
even uitrusten click to hear 2 I need to rest for a moment
Hij is even naar buiten gegaan click to hear He stepped out for a moment
Ik ga even een blokje om click to hear 2 I'll go make a walk around the block
Hij is even weg click to hear ['He's away for a moment'] - He's not here right now
Ik ga even naar de bakker click to hear 2 I'll make a quick run to the bakery
"Even naar de bakker" click to hear Just a quick trip to the bakery
Even afkloppen click to hear 2 3 [Take a moment to, quickly] knock on wood
Mag ik even? click to hear 2 [May I] allow me
Mag ik me even voorstellen? click to hear 2 Allow me to introduce myself
Kijk even achterom voordat je afslaat click to hear 2 Quickly look backward before you make a turn
't Was even droog click to hear 2 3 For a moment it was dry, it didn't rain for a short time
't Was even stil click to hear 2 3 For a moment it was quiet
Laat ik dat eerst even doen click to hear 2 Let me 'quickly' do that first
Drink eerst even rustig een kopje thee click to hear 2 First take a moment to relax and drink a cup of tea
Daar had ik even niet aan gedacht click to hear 2 3 That had [temporarily] slipped my mind
Heb je even tijd? click to hear 2 (3) Would you have a moment?
nog even click to hear 2 [still a moment] - a little longer
Heb je nog even tijd? click to hear Do you still have a moment?
Ik wil er nog even over nadenken click to hear 2 3 I'd like (some time) to think about it
Je kunt nog even blijven liggen click to hear slow You may stay in bed a little longer
Wacht eens even click to hear 2 Now wait a moment
Hoor eens even click to hear Now listen, that's outrageous
Dat duurt nog wel even click to hear 2 3 [That's] It's still going to take a while
We zullen dat varkentje wel even wassen click to hear 2 3 ['Believe me, we'll get that piglet washed'] - 'We'll take care of it, we'll fix it, we'll sure get that job done'

In slang, this 'even' is said as 'effen' click to hear 2 (or more likely 'effe' - shorthand: "ff") - but in standard Dutch, 'effen' means 'solid color,' no patterns.

Synomyms, Alternates and Related Words

"momentje" click to hear 2 "just a moment"
"een momentje alstublieft" click to hear "just a moment please"
"ogenblikje" click to hear 2 "just a moment" >>
"een ogenblikje" click to hear "just a moment"
"een ogenblikje alstublieft" click to hear "just a moment please"

2. 'even (als)' = 'just as, just like, equally'

Dutch 'even' can also mean something like 'equally' - it is usually found as 'even ... als' click to hear - English 'just as.'
Hij is even oud als jij click to hear 2 ['He's as old as you'] - He's your age
We zijn even oud click to hear 2 ['We are equally old'] - 'We are the same age'
Piet is even groot als Klaas click to hear 2 3 Piet is just as tall as Klaas
Piet en Klaas zijn even groot click to hear 2 3 [Piet and Klaas are equally tall] - Piet and Klaas are the same length, Piet is just as tall as Klaas
Even zacht als boter click to hear 2 As soft as butter
Zacht als boter click to hear 2 Soft as butter
evenwijdig click to hear / evenwijdige click to hear 2 [equal-width] - parallel
de Evenaar click to hear the Equator

Synomyms, Alternates and Related Words

There is also the somewhat similar but not identical net als click to hear 2 and net zo ... als click to hear 2 See Disambiguation: 'net'
Net als vroeger click to hear 2 3 Just like before, just as in the past
Ik ben net als m'n moeder click to hear I'm just like my mom
M'n zoon is net zo mager als ik click to hear My son is just as skinny as I
Hij is net zo slim als z'n moeder click to hear 2 He's just as clever as his mom

'Equal' is 'gelijk' click to hear 2 (gelijke click to hear 2) in Dutch

(de) gelijkheid click to hear equality
gelijkwaardig click to hear of equal value or quality
soortgelijk click to hear similar
(de) gelijke rechten click to hear equal rights
gelijktijdig click to hear at the same time, concurrent
(de) gelijkstroom click to hear DC, direct current ->>
Alle mensen zijn gelijk click to hear All people are equal
Alle mensen zijn gelijk, maar sommige zijn meer gelijk click to hear 2 All people are equal, but some are more equal *
Zulke dingen als vrijheid en gelijkheid click to hear Such things as freedom and equality

But 'gelijk hebben' click to hear 2 means 'to be right, to be correct.'

groot gelijk click to hear 2 "absolutely right"
Je hebt gelijk click to hear You are right (informal, singular 'you')
Je hebt gelijk gekregen click to hear It turns out you were right
je hebt helemaal gelijk click to hear 2 You're absolutely right
U heeft helemaal gelijk click to hear You're absolutely right (polite 'you')
Ik geef je geen ongelijk click to hear I'm not saying you're wrong (you're right)

Interestingly, 'gelijk' occasionally can mean 'immediately, right away'

Ik ga er gelijk mee aan de gang click to hear I'll start on it right away ->>

3. 'even' = 'even' (numbers)

Dutch 'even' click to hear may also mean 'even' like in English, 'numbers divisible by 2' - even getallen click to hear 2 ('even numbers.') 'Odd' meaning 'numbers not divisible by 2' is oneven click to hear 2 in Dutch.
even en oneven getallen click to hear even and odd numbers

Synomyms, Alternates and Related Words

'Odd' meaning 'weird, strange' is raar click to hear 2 (raar/rare click to hear 2)
Wat een rare naam! click to hear 2 3 [What] Such an odd name!
Wat een rare man! click to hear 2 3 [What] Such an odd fellow!
Een rare kwibus click to hear 2 An odd fellow, a weird, idiosyncratic person
Ik vind 't heel raar click to hear 2 I think it's very strange, really odd
Raar maar waar click to hear 2 3 Strange but true
Doe niet zo raar! click to hear 2 Don't act that silly, behave!

English 'even'

English 'even' referring to extreme or unexpected situations is 'zelfs' click to hear in Dutch
Zelfs in de schaduw was het warm click to hear Even in the shade it was hot
Zelfs als hij geweten had dat het zou gaan regenen ... click to hear 2 Even if he'd known that it was going to rain ...

English 'even' can also mean 'flat (smooth, no bumps or holes) ànd horizontal.' There is no Dutch equivalent for that word. Dutch 'vlak' may be sloping.

vlak click to hear (vlak/vlakke click to hear) flat
horizontaal click to hear 2 3 4 horizontal
(de) horizon click to hear 2 horizon
(het) vlak click to hear plane
(het) oppervlak click to hear ['top plane'] - surface
(het) veelvlak click to hear 2 ['many-plane'] - polyhedron - sides
(de) oppervlakte click to hear 2 surface
De Vlakte der Kruiken click to hear The Plain of Jars (Laos)
('der' is an old-fashioned contraction of 'van de' (of the)

Dutch 'plat' click to hear 2 also means 'flat,' sometimes with a sense of 'made flat, flattened' and it has a second meaning, 'somewhat vulgar' and 'substandard or sloppy Dutch.' (Dutch Cockney'?)

plat stuk click to hear flat piece (cheese)
vlak stuk click to hear 2 flat piece (cheese)
(het) platje click to hear patio
(het) platteland click to hear countryside (outside the cities)
't Is een beetje plat click to hear 2 It's somewhat substandard Dutch
De mensen praten plat click to hear (2) People talk sloppily, substandard

But I digress

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