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"De man kookt wat eten."

Translation:The man cooks some food.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/WesleyPrates
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What's the difference between "Sommige" and "Wat" ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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should "the man cooks something to eat" also be allowed?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stefott
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No, 'wat eten' translates literally to 'some food' in this sentence. 'The man cooks somethinng to eat' would be De man kookt iets om te eten'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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ok thanks... I guess Dutch still triggers my German so I spontanously had "wat eten" - "wat Essen" (slang) - "(et)was zum Essen" - "something to eat"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caioXYZ

I would think your reflex is right; some translates to ietwat and not to wat, so wat eten is really rather something to eat?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanHoa
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Would the sentence "de man kookt iets te eten" be correct ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Do you ever use wat like etwas in German? "Ich habe lust auf etwas süßes" (I want something sweet) oder "Ich brauche etwas billiges" (I need something cheap)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulineStinson
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yes: "ik heb zin in wat zoets", "ik heb wat goedkoops nodig"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulineStinson
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Wat and iets could be used interchangeably here: "Ik heb zin in iets zoets", "Ik heb iets goedkoops nodig". "Wat" can mean what ("Wat zeg je?"), somewhat ("Het moet wat kleiner zijn"), some (like the example sentence) and something ("ik heb zin in wat zoets"). "Iets" can mean somewhat ("het moet iets kleiner zijn) and something ("ik heb zin in iets zoets").

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lillanaa

Would "the man cooked some food" be a correct answer?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Howard
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No, it's present tense.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadanotacaba
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What is wrong with: "The man prepares some food" What's the difference? Ce n'est pas la meme chose?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiobhanWray

Because the verb here is "koken" which means "to cook". To prepare is a different verb in Dutch, and they want to keep the translations as literal as possible. http://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-dutch/prepare

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadanotacaba
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SiobhanWray Bedankt!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiobhanWray

Graag gedaan!

2 years ago