The Mysterious Word Delete Or Cherish

Let’s talk about the mysterious little word ‘er’. A complicated word that is not (easy) to explain to non-Dutch speakers. A word that is often said to be better left out, where possible. Especially if you are a student or journalist. But why?

I read a nice column by Eva Peek in NRC about the word ‘er’, after which I fell into the Google hole. The more I read about it, the more interesting it got. What makes the word ‘er’ so special that article after article is written about it? I dove in.

There Was Once

You’ll probably say something phonetically along the Azerbaijan Mobile Number of “What’s going on?” Then suddenly the word is almost inaudible. And while we’re on the subject: what does ‘there’ literally mean in the question ‘what is there?’. Or ‘I’m coming’? We call these idiomatic expressions: word combinations where it makes no sense to think about the literal meaning. And then ‘there’ can also refer to ‘nowhere’, as for example in the sentence: ‘There is laughter’. So it’s a complex word! But I now understand why it is better to avoid ‘there’ in some fields. Fortunately, this is not the case in my field. So, what do you think about it ?

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Why Should You Avoid There Or Not?

As Eva Peek writes in her column, the word ‘er’ is often used in a passive form that doesn’t suit good journalism. For example, if you write: ‘It is said…’ then the reader is left with the question ‘by whom? Or if you write: ‘There are deaths…’ who kills, and where? The word ‘there’ says too little about the situation here. Or actually: nothing. So: rather avoid.

Scribbr , a platform with tips and help for writing a thesis, also warns against the word ‘er’. For a good assessment you have to watch out for colloquialism and vague language. ‘Er’ is therefore associated with ‘vague language’, which makes texts less credible. Something that is of course not useful for journalists or students.

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