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'U' is the polite 'you,' 'Uw' is its possessive.
Heeft Uw hond U gebeten? (Did your dog bite you?)
Bent U gebeten door Uw hond? (Were you bitten by your dog?)
huwelijk - gruwelijk
leeuw - leeuwin
eeuw - eeuwig
nieuw - nieuwe
vereren - verweren (to worship - 1. to fight back 2. to wear off)
verachten - verwachten (to despise - to expect)
tinkelen - twinkelen(to tinkle - to twinkle)
gauw - gauwigheid
vrouw - vrouwelijk
trouw - vertrouwelijk
I think I say a 'w' in all the previous w-words on this page, but then there was this word with a 'w' that my correspondent asked about, and when I said it I realized that its 'w' was not pronounced, and that is rare, because (unlike English) Dutch says almost all written letters.
erwt, erwten (pea, peas)
ertegen (against it)
I think 'ert-' in 'ertegen' sounds exactly the same as 'erwt,' so here
is a silent 'w' in Dutch.
erwt - erwt erwten 2
doperwten 2 'English' peas
erwtensoep pea soup ‑>>
Note: murw - this 'F' pronunciation is an exception. (Thank you Eddie Gillette.)
Hear many more Dutch W's: Pronunciation Reference Page - Easy Dutch
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