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"Komen zij niet vandaag?"

Translation:Are they not coming today?

July 30, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chriswright77

Not accepting "they are not coming today?" - which is perfectly correct in English in this context.


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

This is a question, asking whether they are.


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

didn't accept "They don't come today?", which afaik is no different than "do they not come today?" and in fact more used.


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

Wrong nuance. In English, using the normal (non-question) word order in a question is done to express doubt. Dutch works the same way. Your sentence translates the following Dutch question: "Zij komen niet vandaag?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kironi68

I don't know, "They don't come today?" doesn't sound like a question to me. I don't hear people phrase questions like that, I've always heard "Do they not come today?" or "Are they not coming today?"


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

Although in English this would be perfectly fine to say, such as when it's a surprise that they're not coming today. But I would still say it's a wrong translation of this question which sounds more like it's just enquiring if/asking for confirmation of whether they're coming today or not.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mariska1958

They arent coming today? It can be used in a way to sound surprisd and it is also used in enquiring and asking confirmation pn whether they are coming today or not. Im a native english speaker


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gas22989

'Are they coming not today' should be accepted


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

In English, that word order is somewhere on the border between ungrammatical and very special, expressing a very special emphasis. If it occurred at all, there would likely be quotation marks around "not today".

Therefore: No, it should not be accepted.


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

What's wrong with "they do not come today?" It was not given credit.


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

Firerosearien already asked almost the same question above. Is there something missing in the answers?

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