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"Je gaat de verkeerde kant op."

Translation:You are going the wrong way.

11 months ago

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Little bit confused as to the significance of "op" here! Is it part of the verb ("opgaan")? Would "Je gaat de verkeerde kant" be wrong?

11 months ago

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No, it is not part of the verb.

When describing the direction of movement, Dutch often uses postpositions. In other words, the preposition comes behind its noun.

  • Ik ga de berg op. = I'm going up the mountain.
  • Ik ga deze kant op. = I'm going this way.

English doesn't need a preposition at all for this last sentence, but Dutch does.

8 months ago

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But why "op" if it has nothing to do with going up or on something? The first example is clear, the second just bizarre.

6 months ago

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Why is it kant and not richting?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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That also works.

8 months ago

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Shouldn't "you are going the wrong side" also be acceptable?

7 months ago

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"De verkeerde kant op gaan" means to go in the wrong direction. "To go to the wrong side" would be "naar de verkeerde kant gaan" - de verkeerde kant van het huis, de straat, de auto etc. Hope that helps.

7 months ago