"Wat heeft u een grote tanden, grootmoeder!"

Translation:What big teeth you have, grandmother!

1 year ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Judi.MD

Duo, why use the singular article een with a plural noun tanden??

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olaf.Rabbachin
Olaf.Rabbachin
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Seconded! Can someone please explain? I wrote "what've you got a large tooth, grandma", but this wasn't accepted. The suggested solution used "teeth" instead of "tooth". But generally, een tanden = one tooth, or am I mistaken? (Reported.)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ly_Mar
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Actually, ‘een tand’ = ‘one tooth’; ‘tanden’ is always plural. The line is from little red riding hood, and if you read below you will be able to see that ‘wat een’ is an expression which can (or could in the past, I don't know if it has current usage) be used with plural nouns.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ion1122
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Olaf, in addition to the singular/plural problem, your suggested sentence has an additional problem: "what have you got a large tooth ..." is not grammatical English. It must be "what a large tooth you have" or "what large teeth you have".

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olaf.Rabbachin
Olaf.Rabbachin
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Thank you guys!

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Helen481015

I originally translated it as "what big teeth...." as I was reminded of Little Red Riding Hood, but then noticed ' EEN grote tanden' so thought it must mean " what A big tooth" as "what A big teeth" is not possible in English.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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That's right. This is definitely a line from Little Red Riding Hood (Roodkapje in Dutch) and "een" is just part of it. It's actually not uncommon to hear it used that way in other types of sentences. For example: Wat heeft u een dik haar = What thick hair you have, or Wat heb jij een grote voeten = What big feet you have. It may be dialectical.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NCThom
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In the WikiWoordenboek, one of the definitions of "een" is "ook voor meervouden in uitroepende zinnen die verbazing over een aantal uitdrukken" and the example given is, "En een mensen dat er kwamen kijken!" Does that mean it was a surprisingly large number of people who came to look? Maybe a little like, "And you wouldn't believe all the people that showed up to watch!"

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Prudence966023

Des te beter om u op te eten, mijn liefste. Is this right to say "all the better to eat you with, my dear"? Just curious :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RuggeroRus

Now, this must be wrong: "what A big TEETH you have"! The undefined article here messes everything up, so either duo accepts "what a big tooth you have" or only "what big teeth you have", certainly not the above.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ly_Mar
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“What a big tooth” is wrong because “tanden” is unequivocally plural, but “what a big teeth” is, as you say, incorrect English and you should report it if you come across it again.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RuggeroRus

I know. That is exactly what I did. I came across it again: if you answer "what a big tooth you have" duo marks it wrong and suggests "what a big teeth you have".

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Janet427540

NCThom has explained this: "een" is use with plural nouns as an emphasis in exclamatory sentences that express astonishment over a number

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RuggeroRus

Not talking about the dutch. Duo's suggestion was "what a big teeth you have". That is incorrect English.

2 months ago
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