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Interrogative wat what + preposition as nominal quantifier
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Interrogative wat what cannot be separated from the partitive adjective with which it is construed, unless the interrogative is followed by the preposition foar for. In this case, the preposition can be followed not only by partitive adjectives, but by nouns in general. The latter construction is referred to as the wat-voor split in the linguistic literature on Dutch, and the wat-foar split in the literature on Frisian.

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The question word wat what must be distinguished from the indefinite pronoun wat something.

The question word wat what may occur either on its own or accompanied by the prepositions foar for and oan to in the partitive adjective construction:

Example 1

a. Wat moais ha jo yn dy tiid belibbe?
what nice have you in that time experienced
What nice things have you experienced in that time?
b. Wat foar nuvers hast dêr dan meimakke?
what for strange have.2SG there then experienced
What kind of strange things did you experience there?

The quantifier wat something cannot be separated from a bare partitive adjective whereas it can be separated from the partitive adjective in case it is introduced by the preposition foar for of oan to:

Example 2

a. *Wat ha jo yn dy tiid moais belibbe?
what have you in that time nice experienced
What nice things have you experienced in that time?
b. Wat hast dêr dan foar nuvers meimakke?
what have.2SG there then for strange experienced
What kind of strange things did you experience there?
c. Wat hat it Frysk Museum oan prachtichs sammele?
what has the Frisian Museum to beautiful collected
What beautiful things has the Frisian Museum collected?

In the case of the preposition oan to the discontinuity is almost obligatory, whereas this is not the case for the preposition foar for:

Example 3

*Wat oan prachtichs hat it Frysk Museum sammele?
what to beautiful has the Frisian Museum collected
What beautiful things has the Frisian Museum collected?
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