"De auto zit vol met kinderen."
Translation:The car is full of children.
Auto and car are synonomous! Am speaking as a native English speaker--midwest American baby- boomer. To be more precise I spent the 1st 18 years in Wisconsin/Chicago -- but having spent additional 30 years in The mid- Atlantic states, 4 years in New England, 5 years in the south and many months in California Oregon, N Mexico, and Arizonia, I have heard "auto" spoken in 46 states... I am tired of duolinga refusing a legitimate American word ... I just looked "Auto" up on line-- Mirriam Webster cites 3 recent examples from NY, San Diego and Alabama... enough said -- my automatic translation of auto will forever be auto.... car is a second thought. enough said.
When I first looked at this sentence, I thought that "zitten" was being used because the children are literally sitting in the car, or because they are inside the car. But the children clearly aren't the subject of the sentence. If I had translated this from English, given my somewhat lacking knowledge in this area of Dutch, I would have said "De auto staat vol met kinderen" because the car is presumably in its correct position. I would be interested in what a native speaker or someone experienced in this area of Dutch has to say about this. Thanks.
Yes, that's correct, the Dutch expression vol zitten is used often when something is full of something else. Some examples: het zwembad zit vol (met) water, het glas zit vol (met) melk, de trein zit vol (met) mensen, and so on. You can even use it personally, if you say Ik zit vol, which has the same meaning as the (US?) English I'm stuffed (with food).