"Wij gaven onze zoon een hond."

Translation:We gave our son a dog.

9/17/2015, 7:13:42 PM

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
  • 19
  • 18
  • 18
  • 17
  • 16
  • 11
  • 11
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2

Would a native speaker use "geven" or is it just used in this sentence to make the translation easier? Would "Wij schonken onze zoon een hond" be more or less natural?

4/10/2016, 7:06:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
  • 22
  • 13
  • 12
  • 11
  • 300

Both are fine, but schenken is quite formal (so normally used gift giving in formal settings). So you would normally use geven for a gift to your son. A schenking to a close relative usually is a large amount of money (that has to be registered for tax reasons), so this is made formal in a legal/tax sense.

4/10/2016, 9:52:18 AM
Learn Dutch in just 5 minutes a day. For free.