achterom

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From achter +‎ om.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑx.təˈrɔm/, /ˌɑx.tərˈɔm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ach‧ter‧om

AdverbEdit

achterom

  1. around
    Heb je al achterom gekeken?Have you looked around the house yet?
    Achter het huis om.Around/Behind the house.
    Loop achter om het huis!Come around the house!
  2. behind, backwards (over the shoulder)
    Heb je al achteromgekeken?Have you looked over your shoulder yet?
    Ze keek achterom.She looked back.

Usage notesEdit

In the first meaning the word is a separate adverb of location, in the second a separable prepositional adverb that can be attached to certain verbs or served as verbal complement.

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