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Longest two-word sentence?

Here is a sentence in Dutch composed of 10 instances of the word bergen which someone identified only as Adriaan contributed to our Dutch Tongue-twister page.

Als bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen, bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen.
When lots of mountains deposit lots of mountains, lots of mountains deposit lots of mountains.

I don’t speak Dutch, but it seems at least to be grammatical to my German ear if bergen can mean “lots of” and “deposit”.

Can any of yall confirm my inclination? Is it grammatical?

2 Responses to “Longest two-word sentence?”

  1. Luciano Says:

    It is correct. The subordinating conjunction als sends the verb to the end of the subordinate clause and the following clause, the main clause, starts with the verb. Using the same word order:

    When lots (of) mountains lots (of) mountains deposit, deposit lots (of) mountains lots (of) mountains.


    When lots (of) mountains – subject – lots (of) mountains – object – deposit – verb, deposit – verb – lots (of) mountains – subject – lots (of) mountains – object.

    Maybe dump is a better translation than deposit.

  2. Luciano Says:

    Not very different from buffalo buffalo buffalo:

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