Dutch people drink huge amounts of coffee, the most in the world. On average 2.4 cups a day. The Fins are in 2nd place with 1.8 cups a day. US: 0.93 and UK 0.39
I drink the occasional cup of coffee before I go to bed, and I don't lose any sleep over it.. the body gets used to it, I guess.
What really? only 2.4 cups a day and they're the biggest drinkers in the world? I mean, I have no stats to prove anything but out of my personal experience us Italians we drink an average of 4/5 coffees a day on work days (maybe just 1/2 in the week-end). But maybe they mean the big glasses of watered-down coffee (like the american one) ? Cause by coffees I mean
The average includes those who don't drink coffee at all, like babies and small children, and of course everyone who doesn't like coffee.. so 2.4 is quite a lot. It's a mystery to me why Italians aren't further up the list, but it seems you only drink 0.336 cups a day. See the chart here http://www.hpdetijd.nl/2014-06-09/nederlanders-drinken-verreweg-de-meeste-koppen-koffie/
It differs. Many people own an espresso machine, or a percolator, but filter coffee is fashionable again, too. Our standard coffee is usually reasonably strong (compared to starbucks et cetera), more or less like a lungo. Instant coffee is something to hide in the back of your kitchen cupboard and use only when nobody's watching ;)
This is old, but I've got to add my two cents. No, the Dutch have horrible taste in coffee, they just like quantity. Still, they like better coffee than Americans, but that isn't hard. It's only been in the last 5 years that good coffee cafes have started popping up in Amsterdam, and all the best ones are run by either Australians or New Zealanders. Australians are massive coffee snobs, in case you didn't know.
This discussion is really good! In fact the website that originally came up with the info (https://qz.com/166983/where-the-worlds-biggest-coffee-drinkers-live/) ranked by volume consumed, so countries that have an espresso culture have quite a big disadvantage...
There seems to be a comma before most subordinate clauses. I have seen them without a comma, however, so I don't know if this is a definite rule.
EDIT: It isn't necessary to use a comma before subordinate clauses in either Dutch or English. Leaving them out is perfectly fine; there are simply instances where using one is best because of the pause it creates. Additionally, I know of one Dutch subordinate conjunction that requires a comma: zodat. However, for the most part leaving it out is okay.
These are subordinate conjunctions which use a comma before the subordinate clause. I didn't see a comma before the coordinating conjunctions which connect two main clauses. I have also seen some very short subordinate clauses with just pronoun as subject and verb which were not separated by a comma.
If 'voordat' can be either 'before' or 'until', how does one typically tell which is the intended meaning? I figure context, since in this case drinking coffee until one sleeps seems counter-productive (unless "I drink coffee from the time that I wake up until the time I go to bed" is meant), but is there anything else to go by?
I think I have found it myself "Nee, niet voordat jij het opent."- "No, not until you open it". Personally I would not use "voordat" in that sentence, but would use "tot(dat)" instead.
"Voordat" means prior to/before. So that sentence is a bit of a borderline case, because instead of "not until" you can also use "not before you open it".
So if the meaning of the sentence is the same in English with like "not before you open it" and "not until you open it" you can translate "voordat" as "until", otherwise it means "before".
No, because 'voordat ik slaap' is a subordinate clause so the verb goes to the end of the clause. It looks like normal v2 word order after the subordinating conjunction because there are only two words after it, but if there were an adverb in there (like 'hier'), it would also come before the verb.
Yes, it would be incorrect, since that would be "Ik drink koffie voordat ik naar bed ga." We don't know from the original sentence if I am in bed drinking the coffee just before I sleep or if I drink the coffee before I go to bed.. We just know that I drink it before I sleep. Who knows? I may drink the coffee sitting in the living room and fall asleep right there! Great! Even coffee won't keep me awake any longer. Too many all-nighters on Duolingo!