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"Achter ons huis woont een uil."

Translation:Behind our house, there lives an owl.

5 months ago

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There is an owl living behind our house?

"there lives" is bookish; I assume the Dutch isn't?

Can "achter" be translated "beyond" here?

EDIT: so it appears the following are accepted:

  • Behind our house there lives an owl.
  • Behind our house lives an owl.
  • An owl lives behind our house.
  • An owl is living behind our house (didn't actually check this)

But these are not:

  • There is an owl living behind our house.
  • There lives an owl behind our house. (so bookish / poetic it might not be accepted on that basis alone)

I suppose the logic is that to have "there is an owl..." you could use "er" in Dutch (which hasn't even been taught yet at this point in the tree).

4 months ago

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Somehow I think, that I know the owl's name...

5 months ago