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"Wat gebeurt er?"

Translation:What is happening?

August 3, 2014


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"What happens there?" why wrong?

August 3, 2014


Yes, this is such a common sentence that the er really has no location linked to it at all (even less than in other uses of er I think). If you want to say What happens there? I would always translate that as Wat gebeurt daar?

August 3, 2014


There has two meanings, one for location - (the book is over there), and another as a sort of general subject pronoun (there's nothing happening). If there is another pronoun (what) we don't use there in the sentence (Note, this sentence isn't asking about what is happening at a particular location)

December 12, 2014


Ik begrijp je niet goed. Kan jij zag dat verschillend?

March 23, 2015


I can say - What's happening? (Wat gebeurt er?) I don't use there in this sentence, although Dutch uses it. . The answer could be "There's nothing happening" (Er is niets gebeurt) The "there" in this sentence is a general subject pronoun, used like er in the Dutch sentence. I can say What's happening there, (location). ( Wat daar gebeurt.) with an answer of There's nothing happening there, (Er is niets daar gebeurt) which shows both uses, one for the pronoun (the first),. and one for the location (the second). Dutch has two different words translating as there. (Or English has two words that look and sound the same but mean different things) Note, these are all Google translations, which may or may not be accurate.

March 23, 2015


Does "Wat gebeurt" work as well, without the er?

September 26, 2015



April 13, 2016


How would one say "What is it doing" then? Would you use het, even if you don't know what "it" is?

January 9, 2015


What is it doing = Wat doet het? (nb: not a native speaker)

July 12, 2016


What is the difference in the pronunciation of the vowels in "gebuert" and "buurt"? (Also I don't know phonetic notation, so that won't help me.)

March 10, 2016


type both words into Google translate and you'll hear the difference

April 13, 2016


I assume that "wat gebeurt het" is also correct. right?

January 15, 2016


No that's not correct, it would be the same as saying in English: what happens it.

January 15, 2016



January 15, 2016


"iemand het opzetten van ons de bom"

had to do that...

don't tell me it's wrong in case it is.. it's the Korean'(/-)s (translations') fault...

September 11, 2016


Why is "what is happening here? Wrong?

February 12, 2017


See Susande and others' comments at the very beginning of this discussion. By the way, the word 'here' is 'hier' in Dutch, not 'er', which was inapplicable in this question!

March 15, 2017


Would "wat is er ann het gebeuren?" a proper sentence?

April 4, 2017


Could it be use like ❤❤❤ gaat het is? Like a greeting?

August 3, 2017
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