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"Why is he late?"

Translation:Waarom is hij laat?

July 22, 2014

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

Waarom is he laat? Is dat mis?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ccf63

"Hij" does not get reduced to "he" like "zij" "wij" "mij" and "jij"


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

Can you not say "Waaroom laat is hij?" and why not? Bedankt!


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

I'm curious about the difference between "waarom" and "hoekom" in Dutch. I grew up with Afrikaans as a second language. My understanding (and Google Translate agrees) is that in Afrikaans both translate to "why" in English.

If I run "hoekom" in Dutch through Google Translate it gives me "how come" (and Duolingo doesn't accept it as meaning "why"). So my question: is "hoekom" routinely used in Dutch, and in what specific contexts if they differ from "waarom"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/El2theK

Hoekom is not used in Dutch


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

Thanks - why we have to treat Google translate with caution!

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