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"De meisjes eten geen limoen."

Translation:The girls are not eating a lime.

July 17, 2014



Why is "a lime" needed in the translation, when there is no article for "limoen" in the Dutch sentence? "The girls don't eat lime" was marked as an incorrect translation.

July 17, 2014


geen is used when the noun should have "een" in front of it when it isn't negated. So, geen is the negated form of een. Sorta. Probably not, but still.

Ex: Is dat een limoen? Nee, dat is geen limoen. (Is that a lime? No, it is not a lime.)

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, though. That's how I understand the use of "geen".

July 17, 2014


I understand it as "kein" in German.

July 26, 2014


Ja genau. So een is ein/eine and geen is kein/keine.

March 21, 2015


In which case, it would be more accurate as "the girls do not eat any lime", right? More literally as "the girls eat no lime", but that's a bit more awkward in English. "The girls do not eat a lime" is not really something you'd say in English (maybe "the girls don't eat a lime, they eat two limes!").

Weird sentence.

July 28, 2014


Felix, thank you. I have had trouble figuring the article thing out and when you said geen is like the negative form of een it makes sense!

September 10, 2015


Nice, also it might not like don't.

February 23, 2017


shouldn't it be "lime" why is it "limes" ?

July 17, 2014


The plural form of 'limoen' is 'limoenen'. The sentence states that it is a single lime.

March 13, 2015


I think it should be correct too. I've reported it.

July 17, 2014


Actually in English if using 'no' it should be the girls eat no limes. As one lime is impossible for 10 girls to share--the pragmatic force demands this. They changed it to just 'lime' and that is wrong.

August 7, 2014


Does this mean both "The girls don't eat limes" and "the girls are not eating a lime"?

June 4, 2015


Hallo which is the difference between limoen en citroen?

June 26, 2015


"Limoen" translates as "lime" and "citroen" means "lemon". Two different fruits.

August 14, 2015


Limoen souns similar to lemon in spanish, limón, so I got confused haha. But also the image used for citroen were limes, isn't it? They were a lot more yellowish than a lemon. A lemon is green, so I got more confused :p

November 18, 2015


I have a question: The girl do not eat lime is the right answer. I wrote The girl does not eat lime. I don't know if my English is very very bad or there is a mistake. To me the "do not" part sounds awful but please tell me if I'm wrong!

August 13, 2014


It's 'girls' and not''girl' so 'do' not 'does'

August 13, 2014


Well, in English you'd say "the girls do not eat...", but there's another problem with your translation: In English, "limes", the fruit, are countable, so you can't say 'eat lime' (you need, e.g. 'eat a lime'). In fact, as an uncountable noun without the article 'a', lime doesn't refer to the fruit, but to this stuff:


(You can find translations of that page into other languages along the left-hand side)

March 2, 2015


Kein in german, geen in dutch

February 1, 2015


The girls eat no lemon, I got it wrong because it is lime>>

March 25, 2015


Lemon, Lime: Do their translations differ?

July 23, 2015


This audio sucks, i can never make out half of what she's saying/:

August 3, 2015


I don't understand when the sentence is in continuous form and when in general. Like 'eten' is 'eating'. Which one is correct in translation, "de jongen eten rijst" - "the boys 'are eating'/'eat' rice. Sometimes 'are eating' is correct but 'eat' is also not wrong. So basically which one is correct?

January 7, 2016


From what I understand there is no continuous aspect in Dutch, so "de jongen eet rijst" could either be "the boy eats rice" or "the boy is eating rice"

October 3, 2016


I love the picture!

January 31, 2016


In Afrikaans, a limoen is an orange.

February 7, 2016


Is there any difference between "they do not eat" and "they are not eating?" It says both are correct translations.

October 8, 2016
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