"Jeg vil ikke ringe henne telefonen."

Translation:I do not want to call her on the telephone.

September 15, 2015

11 Comments


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

I will not call her on telephone. I got this wrong. Can someone please tell me why?

The answer is: I will not call her by telephone.

How can i know whether to put 'on' or 'by' in this sentence?

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

I will not call her on telephone simply sounds unnatural in English (the "the" is missing), while I will not call her by telephone sounds perfectly natural. It's a phrase that needs to be memorized, unfortunately. Prepositions are tough.

September 16, 2015

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

This makes perfect sense luke_5.1991.

Thank you. :)

September 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

No worries!

September 17, 2015

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

I wrote: "I won't call her by the telephone" and it says it's incorrect while suggesting me that "I won't call her on the telephone" is correct.

January 29, 2016

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

"By phone" or "By telephone" sounds better to my US ears. "By the telephone" sounds like you are describing someone's proximity to the telephone.

February 18, 2016

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

Thanks for the reply. :) Great to hear this from the native American. I don't have word for "the" in my mother language so I can't always tell correctly if I can put it there or not.

February 18, 2016

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

"The" can be real tricky when you are learning. Sometimes we have sentences where it's optional, For instance: "I play drums" and "I play the drums" are both valid and used interchangeably.

February 18, 2016

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

Why can't 'with' be used as well?

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TylerLedbe2

What are smartphones called? And is there a word for "phone" as opposed to "telephone"?

October 13, 2016

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

"Wanna" is wrong, for some reason.

June 24, 2017
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