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"Ik wil hem kunnen zien werken."

Translation:I want to be able to see him work.

11 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Stu516623
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How do you say "I want him to be able to see work"? What's the difference here?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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That would be: "Ik wil dat hij werk kan zien."

In Dutch, you cannot say "I want X to do Y" without using the conjunction "dat" and a subordinate clause.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lettiej123
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Not sure exactly how you would translate that sentence, but the reason it is different is because in your sentence you have used work as a noun whereas in the above sentence it is "werken" meaning "to work", a verb.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chenmoxin

Not "ik wil hem werken kunnen zien"?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Nope, wrong word order. This https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732817 is the grammar section for Duolingo's Dutch course. #4 is about word order.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chenmoxin

sadly the page (word order) seems to have dysfunctioned. would u pls redirect me? thanks.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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I noticed the same. Here's an alternative source: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.00

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monkeyfodder
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What would, "Ik wil hem werken kunnen zien" mean?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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Nothing, it's an incorrect sentence.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fekkezaum
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This is "I ... him ..." and verbs filling the gaps somewhere: want, can, see, work. How do you tell how they connect to eachother? How do you know that means "I want to be able to see him working" and not any else. Like, i don't know, "I want him to be able to see (someone) working". It doesn't seem obvious.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monkeyfodder
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Does anyone have any insight or resources into why the verbs are in that order?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iBeRachel
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....and I think this is where I give up Dutch. I'm never going to understand this word order enough to speak it naturally.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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The order of the verbs is the same as in English though.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hoenink
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Do not give up! Irish is much harder!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinKidn

Yes it is and I come from Ireland! Dutch takes a while. It does sometimes feel like that once you understand something, the next lesson turns the previous lesson on its head. Keep at it! Or try a language school in addition to Duolingo. That is what I am doing.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DianaKozlo6

I translated it as "I want to see him being able to work" which is wrong, but now I'm just curious how my translation will actually sound in Dutch.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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That would be "Ik wil hem zien kunnen werken."

It doesn't make too much sense, though.

8 months ago