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"Komen zij niet vandaag?"

Translation:Are they not coming today?

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4 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/chriswright77

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

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nierls
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This is a question, asking whether they are.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erikreem

I agree!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/firerosearien
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didn't accept "They don't come today?", which afaik is no different than "do they not come today?" and in fact more used.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
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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?"

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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?"

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Reply4 years ago

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

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gas22989

'Are they coming not today' should be accepted

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Reply2 years ago

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

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesGreening

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

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
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Firerosearien already asked almost the same question above. Is there something missing in the answers?

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Reply1 year ago