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Zij heeft lange haren...

stripedkitty
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Maar, de kind heeft veel haar.

Why is one plural, but not the other?

Bedankt!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
grey236
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Haren is probably just referring to the individual hairs.

Haar is just all of her hair in general

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ_G
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That's my guess as well. IE: Haar is a collective noun whereas haren means individual hairs.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
stripedkitty
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Bedankt :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsoetens

First: HET kind heeft veel haar. That is a strange sentence, you would use "veel haar" only to describe that the child really has dense hair.

The difference is very subtle, an example is:

grijZE haren = grey hair grijS haar = grey hair

Most people just use haar instead of haren. Even when you would describe it on your clothes, you could just say: er is veel haar op mijn vest.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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As for your example of grijze haren versus grijs haar, if somebody has grijs haar that means all of their hair is gray, but if somebody has grijze haren it means that they have some gray hairs. For example: Vanochtend keek ik in de spiegel en tot mijn schrik vond ik een paar grijze haren op mijn hoofd. (This morning I looked in the mirror and was shocked to find a few gray hairs on my head.)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
stripedkitty
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Bedankt jsoetens - this one is a bit elusive to me but I understand your example- in English it is almost always 'hair' whether referring to one, many or all. :)

Still..."She has long hairs" ??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
Dutchesse722
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De heks heeft lange haren op haar kin. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsoetens

Prachtvoorbeeld ;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
stripedkitty
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Ha, Carina, geen mooi beeld :P ^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Echt niet! :P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kelseyglitters

IT is or het kind or dat kind this is incorrect

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kelseyglitters

First: HET kind heeft veel haar. That is a strange sentence, you would use "veel haar" only to describe that the child really has dense hair.

The difference is very subtle, an example is:

grijZE haren = grey hair grijS haar = grey hair

Most people just use haar instead of haren. Even when you would describe it on your clothes, you could just say: er is veel haar op mijn vest.

1 year ago
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