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"Op zaterdagen gaat zij niet."

Translation:On Saturdays she does not go.

July 17, 2014



Does anyone know what's wrong with "She's not going on Saturdays"? Thanks!


You can say "She's not going on Saturdays" in English. You'd probably (but not necessarily) only use that structure to refer to actions (or, in this case, non-actions) in the future.


I think it's a matter of english... When you're talking about something you do/don't do in some frequency (on saturdays for example) you use the present simple...


Is there really "op zaterdagen" in Dutch? I always heard it as "'s zaterdags".


yes it is, not used much, but it is correct dutch


You mean that " 's zaterdags" is typical and "op zaterdagen" is correct but uncommon?


Yes, correct, you got it. I always say : 's zaterdags. Op zaterdagen has https://www.google.nl/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=op%20zaterdagen Ongeveer 463.000 resultaten while 's zaterdags has ongeveer 330.000 resultaten. So google does not agree with me, but maybe that is because 's zaterdags, is a little bit more informal, it is also shorter than "op zaterdagen".


Dank u wel. That's very helpful!

There's another related question I have left unanswered from another thread as well: if I'm referring to something happening this upcoming Saturday, how would this most naturally be expressed in Dutch?

Zaterdag wil ik gaan. OR Op zaterdag wil ik gaan.


Both sentences (Zaterdag wil ik gaan. OR Op zaterdag wil ik gaan.) are understandable and correct. Although, it sounds a little bit English. .. wil = to want, like to go. Is that really what you mean? "Zaterdag wil ik gaan" is the best. The other sentence would be better if you changed the order of the words: "Ik wil op zaterdag gaan." It is also related to the context. If the question is: Wanneer wil je op vakantie gaan? Then the answer would definitely be: 'Zaterdag wil ik gaan", of "Zaterdag wil ik vertrekken." Vakantie takes a longer time period then just one day. If we are taking about a one day event , like visiting parents. The question could be: Wanneer ga je naar je ouders? "Op zaterdag wil ik gaan" would be better. "Op" is pointing at exactly the Saterday. Putting Zaterdag in front of the sentence gives it more importance. In this sentence Zaterdag is important, not the IK, or gaan.


The translation in English should be inverted to say, 'She does not go on Saturdays.'


Either order is fine in English.


I have read from various sources that phrases indicating "when" normally go at the ends of sentences in Dutch. This sentence does not seem to fit that model. Can anyone shed some light on that?


time/date could also be at the beginning of a sentence in dutch. In that way it gets more attention. The attention is then going to WHEN you do it not to What you are doing to WHOM or with whatever.



Is "on Saturdays" also similar to "every Saturday"?


In English, yes, "on Saturdays" is very similar to "every Saturday" if the sentence is positively phrased:

"She goes every Saturday" = she rarely, if ever, misses a Saturday.

If the sentence is phrased in the negative, though, it's a little different.

"She doesn't go on Saturdays" = she never goes on a Saturday.

"She doesn't go every Saturday" = She goes on some Saturdays, but not all Saturdays.


Why is gaat and zij inverted?


When the sentence doesn't start with a subject, the subject and verb order becomes inverted, just like in questions.


It has been a while since I posted this, but a better answer would to just link V2 word order https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V2_word_order


I must be missing something I thought "gaat" was in the plural so I used "they" in the sentence not she?


Danken ...I was reading from another text by H. Koolhoven and it was for literary Dutch only my error!


Is this a complete sentence? Both in English and Dutch? Just wondering.


It is a complete sentence in English.

I believe it would also be a complete sentence in Dutch, but as I am not a native Dutch speaker I cannot speak to that.

Why do you ask?

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