"Het middageten"

Translation:The lunch

July 17, 2014


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What's the difference between "middageten" and "lunch"? Or are they synonymous?

July 17, 2014


They are synonymous. "Lunch" is a loan word from English and is a lot easier to say, so I can understand why it was adopted...

July 17, 2014


So it's a "choose your etymology" game where you choose between german-ish "Midday food" and English "lunch" then.

July 20, 2014


I've seen ''middageten'' translated as lunch(eon).

August 2, 2014


middageten = middag eten = midday eat. Is this correct?

July 24, 2014


Yes. Same as German "Mittagessen".

July 30, 2014


It is actually midday food. Eten can also mean food like in German, but essen, lowercase E means "to eat" and Essen, uppercase E, means food.

April 11, 2016


The right answer is "lunch" not "the lunch"

July 9, 2018


Shouldn't "lunch" be without the "the" article be accepted? As far as I know in English we don't use articles with meals as opposed to German where they go with "der".

July 21, 2014


Generally, yes. But, perhaps this is such a specific lunch.

August 8, 2014


An example of why the "the" may be important is like, "Remember the lunch where something happened?"

November 26, 2015


I agree that in English, we rarely say "the lunch" but in other languages (french, italian, german....and now I'm working on dutch) they say "the lunch" when we say "lunch", so the plain "lunch" with no article should be the correct translation

May 28, 2016



July 9, 2018


In dutch "het middageten" = the lunch. In swedish "middagen" is the dinner. As a native swede this is really confusing!

March 13, 2017


Is "middageten" a verb? It ends in "-en".

November 26, 2015

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Middageten is a composed word, the noun middag and the verb eten. That’s why it ends in “en”.

“middageten” is preceded by the article “het”; therefore it is definitely a noun, because only nouns have articles.

September 11, 2016


No, no. I think you are wrong. 'eten' here is the noun 'food'. Depending on the context, 'eten' can be either verb (plural) or noun.

January 30, 2017


Is this word 'een beetje ouderwets'? I live in Nederland and I've never heard this word used - it's always 'de lunch'.

June 18, 2015


How would you write "it's lunch", rather than "the lunch"?

May 27, 2016


UPDATED: Het is lunch or Hij is lunch? Which is correct? Hij = it and is used with "de" words, would be correct, if the rules were followed. However....

However, if you do a search online, colloquially, you will see "Het is lunch" a few times, but never "Hij is de lunch" and only twice "Hij is lunch." One instance was a blog and the other was a diet page from a style magazine. Thus, in real use, "het" is used, at least online.

We use "het" for "het" words.

And, if you are referring to: It is lunch time usage of "It's lunch" then I've seen "Het is lunch" used.

February 11, 2017


When would I use "lunch" vs "middageten"?

July 3, 2016


In English, certainly, this phrasing is a bit off. We would almost never say "the lunch". You would just say "lunch". The translation should also accept "lunch" by itself.

November 14, 2016


why is there two lunchs in duc middageten and lunch

May 9, 2017


Very confusing word takes almost forever to learn

May 12, 2017

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It is a composed word: Middag and eten. Maybe this way it is easier to remember.

May 12, 2017


It's very common for non-native English speakers to talk about "a lunch" or "the lunch" as in "I am going to...". I do not think I have ever heard 'lunch' preceded by an article in England, however. It is always simply 'lunch'. Not really that important, but it did break my streak so...

January 12, 2018


Just "Lunch" on its own is better English than "The Lunch", yet it is marked wrong. Come on Duo!

April 17, 2018


You never say "The lunch" in English.

April 22, 2018


I was made fun of for saying middageten to my Dutch colleagues in Amsterdam. They told me they usually use "lunch", with a slightly different sound for the "u".

June 6, 2019
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