"I cannot cook rice."

Translation:Ik kan geen rijst koken.

July 22, 2014



I interpret the correct answer, "Ik kan geen rijst koken", as "I can cook no rice" or "I can't cook any rice." Wouldn't "I cannot cook rice", meaning "I don't have the ability to cook rice", be "Ik kan niet rijst koken"?

I didn't report this as an error because I am unsure about it.


July 22, 2014


Does anyone have a appropriate answer for this ? It seems confusing to quite some of us. I also thought that "geen" was placed somewhere where "een" would be in the affirmative sentence, but here it would make no sense: "I can cook a rice"

April 3, 2017


Ik kan niet rijst koken is not a good sentence. It should really be Ik kan geen rijst koken.

July 22, 2014


What's the reasoning behind this? Is this a special case for rice?

August 2, 2014


Still awaiting for an answer. I make me the same question.

April 4, 2016


I think it's because you're not negating your ability to cook in general, you just cannot cook rice.

Therefore, you're negating the object. As it's a non-specific direct object, we need to use geen (and only geen).

Now, if you were to negate your ability to cook in general, then you would use niet: Ik kan niet koken.

See the difference?

Hope this helps!

For more information, please follow this link: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.47

July 20, 2018


I was allowed to enter 'ik kan rijst niet koken'... I get that my word order here is fine when using 'niet' but now I'm a bit unsure on the use of 'niet' in here given there's no 'de'. Is this emphasis, or something else?

October 7, 2018


Hi contrawr,

that's because ik kan rijst niet koken implies some sort of a contrast: I can't cook rice... (but I can eat it).

October 16, 2018


Would "Ik kan niet koken rijst" or "Ik kan koken niet rijst" work?

March 9, 2016


No, sorry. Please read my previous comment: I explain the reasoning behind the use of geen in this sentence.

July 20, 2018


would ' Ik kan niet om kaas te koken' be good?

November 26, 2014


om rijst*

November 26, 2014


No, sorry, that's not possible, just as in English you cannot say 'I can't to cook rice'. That would be completely ungrammatical.

July 20, 2018
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