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"De vil hjelpe, men de kan ikke."

Translation:They want to help, but they cannot.

August 19, 2015

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Intarga

Is "They would help, but they cannot" an acceptable translation?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NilMarkas

That's what I typed, but it was marked incorrect -.- A lot of us in the Anglophone would use the two sentences interchangeably, but I guess they do carry somewhat different meanings.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielRobe716133

I put 'they try to help but they can't' is that right or not?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

There's no mention of 'trying' in the Norwegian sentence, only of wanting or wishing to help.

The translation of your sentence would be: "De prøver å hjelpe, men de kan ikke."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ctougas01

Man - one. Men - but. Mann - man. Mannen - the man. Menn - men. Mennen - the men.

How much will they milk those letter combinations to make new words? Hahahaha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ddawker

Is they will help - as answer is wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

Not in this case, as when you're unable to help then you obviously won't be helping - even if you would like to do so.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jlosi1

Except if you are speaking about two parties in which one will help but the other cannot. Since there is no context here that helps determine this, I keep referring to multiple parties when "will" is used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

That's true, I didn't consider that option when responding. Takk!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fouad899633

I want from everyone to Imagine that duolingo gives us sentences that make a whole conversation at the end of each lesson,I swear the god the learning process will be multiple times faster.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhillipCha564843

What would be "They want help.."? It obviously is wrong with the context but it is the first meaning that comes to mind when I see this excercise. I'd almost expect " They want to help" to be translated "De vil å hjelpe." Is that wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elsie1998

why we do not have to add set after ikke like the example below? "De tror at de kjenner deg, men de gjør ikke det."

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