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The Dutch have a particular way of (ab)using brackets. I try to make sense of some of the worst offenders in this article.

Incidentally, the best explanation of this issue I have ever come across is in ‘Righting English that’s gone Dutch’, by Joy Burrough-Boenisch (in the chapter, ‘Bracket (ab)use’).

Dutch (packed) English (unpacked)
(aanvullende) vergoeding fee or additional fee; charges or additional charges; remuneration or additional remuneration
(af)leverdatum delivery date; date of delivery
(lever)termijn period and/or delivery period?, delivery period and/or deadline?
(bank)administratie bank records or other records
(bedrijfs)standaarden corporate and other standards
(bepaalde) bezoekers all or specific visitors
(bij)bestellen order and/or reorder
(bij)gebouwen outbuildings and other buildings
(bij)scholing training or further training
(bio)brandstoffen fuels and/or biofuels
(blinde) geleidehonden guide dogs
(bouwkundige) kosten construction costs and/or other costs
(brom)fietsers bicycles and motorcycles; bicycles and/or motorcycles
(co-) financieren; (co-) financiering financing and co-financing
(controle)proces audit process or other processes (???)
(controle)teamleden audit team members and other team members (???)
(deel)betaling payment (or partial payment)
(deel)onderwerp topic and/or sub topic
(deel)producten; (deel)product products and/or subproducts
(deel)projecten projects and/or partial projects; projects of various sizes; large and small projects; projects (???)
(dreigende) terroristische handelingen terrorist acts, or threat of terrorist acts
(een deel van) het totale beschikbare bedrag all or part of the total available amount
(lokale) regelgeving regulations (local or otherwise)
(electro) technische technical or electrical
(financiële) gegevens financial information and other data
(fiscale) wetgeving tax and other forms of legislation
(her)configureerbaar configurable or reconfigurable
(her)configureren configure or reconfigure
(her)configureren configure or re-configure
(huis) dieren animals or pets; animals and/or pets
(huur)auto's cars and/or rental cars
(indirecte) aandeelhouders direct and/or indirect shareholders
(inter)nationale national and international
(kantoor)interieur home or office interior
(kinder)porno pornography and/or child pornography
(kleuren)inkten black and colour inks
(kunst)geschiedenis history of art or history; history or art history
(laser)lassen welding and/or laser welding
(na)bloeiend ???
(natuur)geweld natural disasters or violence
(non)verbale communicatie verbal and nonverbal communication
(nood)uitgang Exit or emergency exit
(on)belangrijk important and/or unimportant; important, unimportant, or both
(on)rechtstreeks either directly or indirectly
(on)veiligheidsgevoel sense of security or insecurity
(open) vraag question (open-ended or otherwise)
(overheids)bevel government order, or order by another body
(petro)chemische industrie chemical and petrochemical industries
(potentiële) (interne) klant internal or external customer (potential or otherwise)
(pre)contractuele relatie contractual or pre-contractual relationship
(rechts)personen legal or natural persons
(rechts)persoon natural or legal person
(roer)bakken frying and/or stir-frying; frying and/or stir-frying
(service)kosten costs, service-related and otherwise
(tijdige) annulering cancellation, within the specified time or otherwise
(toegang tot) effectieve zorg effective care and its access; effective care and access to effective care
(toekomstige) bewoners present and/or future residents
(verdere) dienstverlening services (or further services)
(verpleeg-)adres address or address where the employee is being treated
(zonne)brillen glasses or sunglasses
aanstelling(-skeuring) appointment or pre-employment medical examination
arbeids(on)geschikt fit or unfit for work
bij (volledig) bewustzijn either partially or fully conscious
breed (her)inzetbaar versatile and reusable
Indien u werkzaam bent in een (semi-)ambulante functie If your job requires you to travel
medewerk(st)ers employees; staff
nabestaande (partner) surviving relative or partner
partij(en) party and/or parties
prijs(wijzigingen) prices and price changes
(vee)voedingsindustrie animal feed or human food industry