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"It is six forty."

Translation:Het is tien over half zeven.

July 18, 2014

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Turtle492

do the dutch really say 'it's 10 past half to seven?' Seems a bit convoluted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/markvanroode

Yes, they do. Difficult to accept if you are non-native.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/osarpas

Would it be considered odd to say the numerical time e.g. 'het is zes veertig' ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blauvokzal

I just quizzed three native speakers on how they would say 6:40, and they ALL agreed this convoluted phrase was correct. It sounds like they think in terms of 5,10,15 minutes before or after a time. Which explains why they first had to think to figure out what :40 was!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Birdexplorers

They accept "Het is twintig voor zeven".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/viziandrei

They seem to know a lot of Maths.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susande

Or we can't count past 10...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philippe2706

I now know one thing : I will never ask a rendez-vous with a dutch other than at the hour...really


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sc4rlite

Tien uur... in the morning or in the evening?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jkht

Although correct, it is not a literal translation. Allowing a wider range of answers may be better?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidvdb

Report the answers you think are right!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emil820819

I failed math every school year... Ik ben in de hel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarlD

If this is really the way the Dutch say time then they must be pretty good at doing basic math in their heads! Waarom "twintig voor zeven" niet?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joris248368

Twintig voor zeven is ook correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanMorris

Why, why, why, why????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatherineD631971

I am a native speaker of Dutch. I would say: 'Het is twintig voor zeven'. I would only say 'Het is tien over half zeven' in case I had a date with someone at half past six and that person appeared only ten minutes after half past six.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GekPapaAl

is it the same in Belgium?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MentalPinball

Most Flemish people I know would rather say 'twintig voor zeven'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frank664005

It is twenty to seven !!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KevinRamaal

It is ten minutes after six thirty

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