"We are eating a sandwich."

Translation:We eten een boterham.

July 17, 2014



why we can not use are/bent?

July 31, 2014


Because wij gives anough information We eat sandwiches still tells us that we eat sandwiches

September 23, 2014


There are 3 'persons' of speech, the 1st one refers to the speaker or speakers, in english we have 'I' and 'We'. There is the 2nd one which refers to the one talked to, in english the singular and plural forms are identical: 'you'. In most languages that is not true! There are different forms for singular you and plural you in many languages such as: portuguese, spanish, german, french, dutch and so on... the verb to be is conjugated (changed) in different persons, english the verb to be is conjugated as 'are' in many different 'persons' which you just shouldn't expect in other languages. None of the languages i talked about are as simply as english

September 22, 2014


And don't let me even start talking about the 3rd person of speech, it's varies a lot in different languages, for example, latin languages don't have 'it', well, at least portuguese, spanish and french don't have. These 3 latin languages all have different forms for 3rd person plural indicating if it's male or female, like he and she in english, but these latin languages all have 'plural he' and 'plural she'. So yeah, you should not translate the basics of grammar, you should learn it, in many cases there are just no translations, it makes no sense

September 22, 2014


Actually Spanish does have an it, yet it isn't used very much. 'lo'

September 21, 2018


Is this several people eating just one sandwich?

July 30, 2014


It could be, but it is more likely that all the people that are referred to by 'we' eat one sandwich of their own. It's the same as in English.

July 30, 2014


Or all of them just bite the same sandwich in a synchronized manner like some kind of dance or ritual.

August 12, 2019


What is the different between wji and we ?

December 15, 2014


I still don't know why I can't use ZIJN: "wij zijn eten..." Can someone explain this in really simple way?

December 3, 2014


Because the present continuous ("to be eating") uses a different construction in Dutch, which you will learn in a later skill:

  • Wij zijn een boterham aan het eten.

The usage of the present continuous is also different: where English would use the continuous construction, Dutch usually simply uses the present simple. That is why the preferred translation here is "Wij eten een boterham".

December 3, 2014


Thanks for the help.

December 5, 2014


why wouldn't you use uh, zijn(?) for ""are"?

July 17, 2014


You can use 'zijn', but than you will have to change the whole sentence. "we ZIJN een boterham aan het eten¨

July 17, 2014


Don't understand why "we zijn eten een boterham" is not correct. I understand that 'eten' is both eat and eating, but why am I not suppose to add 'zijn'?

October 24, 2014


eeten = (to be) eating eet = eat

so when we want to use present contious just add (+en) after the verb. is it correct ?

July 22, 2014


Eten is for plural and eet is for singular so... I, you, he, she, it eet and we, you (plural), they eten. (in other verbs you, he, she and it are singular form+t but because eet already has a 't' on the end you don't add a 't'

September 23, 2014


Eten (one 'e' at the beginning) is the conjugation for we, wij, zij (plural), ze (plural) and jullie. It could both mean they are eating right now and it could mean that they eat in general.

July 30, 2014


So is it correct to say that eten is the conjugation for present simple and present continuous?

September 1, 2014



September 23, 2014


still I have not got it, maybe after more lessons I will understand it

October 15, 2014


I got 'wij aan het eten een boterham' marked down... Is that not right?

November 12, 2014


Having studied afrikaans first, is eet also a Dutch word? Or is eet Afrikaans only and Dutch is only eten?

November 15, 2014


eet is also dutch, but only for singular.

November 19, 2014


What is the meaning of 'aan' and why is it added here?

December 14, 2014


why ''we '' but not ''wij''

September 8, 2016


Wij is also correct (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3734337), though if it is a listing exercise only we is accepted here because of the difference in pronunciation.

September 8, 2016


When should I use eten vs. eet??

May 16, 2018


I eat--Ik eet; You eat--Je eet; He/ She eats--hij/ze eet; We eat--Wij eten; You eat--Jullie eten They eat--Zij eten

So now you know the wich one you shoul use for each pronoum right?

July 25, 2018


Could someone explain why this is incorrect? Wij Zijn eet een boterham

October 26, 2018
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