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"De hond drinkt water."

Translation:The dog drinks water.

July 27, 2014

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tyler261811

Can this be translated as "the dog drinks water" and also "the dog is drinking water"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annemarie911820

I am also curious why "the dog drinks water" is incorrect


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Domi610617

You can use both. However: The dog is drinking water (at this moment) could also be translated as: De hond is water aan het drinken (op dit moment), since the action is taking place now


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

Just in case anyone is interested (I like knowing this kind of stuff) - Duo will not accept hound as a translation. I don't think they are wrong, either. I am going to try canine next for fun having already lost a heart.


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

Unrelated... have a lingot for a 594 streak! Gob-smacked! I'm happy to get into high single digits :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oumaima634578

wow... a 1042 streak!


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

I'm interested and I think they are wrong. Many places in the US use hound and dog interchangeably. Hound is a specific type of dog yes but same species. This is a cognate and we should embrace similarities when they occur. Just a side note, when you put hond into Google translate it returns dog but if you put hound in, it returns hond. So I think the person/people who made this decision need to chill out and let people learn. Let's face it, most people don't know the difference between a dog and a hound and when my dog is in heat, your hound will still jump my fence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyCur18

Why is "hond" in this sentence pronounced "va-woont"? I never heard of a va-woont in English or German. Or Spanish, Arabic or Russian. Perhaps Hollywood.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyCur18

The audio file has been changed to delete the"va" sound that was in it earlier. The "de va-woont" is now "de wond" which is not de hond. I never had this problem in Germany in real life. A hond was a hond.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shakti371015

It is not clear that the sentence is present indefinite or present continues .

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