The suffix results from an old plural in -er (cognate to German -er), to which a second plural ending -en was added. The single version can still be seen in certain compounds such as kinderkamer and in the formation of plural diminutives kindertjes, radertjes. The suffix -eren is cognate to English -ren in children.




  1. forms the plural of a small group of nouns, like lam, gelid, been, kalf, rund, blad, rad
    kind — kinderen
  2. part of the infinitive of verbs borrowed mainly from French verbs which end on -er, e.g. informeren from French informer (to inform)
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