> Sleepy-Lia Totally agreeing, there should not be an accent on "ren". The first "e" is pronounced as a stretched "e", and therefore in the past "beren" was originally written as "beeren" to assist the pronunciation . I also found the same erroneous pronunciation with the word "regent" with an accent again placed on "gent". I wonder how "heren" , worse "keren" would be proncounced?
Hoelang is related to time, ❤❤❤ lang is related to length. Hoelang heb je? (how much time do you have?) vs. ❤❤❤ lang ben jij? (how tall are you?)
1."no article is used when generalising (the bear species in general)"
2."the definite article is used when talking about particular examples "some/the bears"
In my opinion, in this particular case the first one is right. However, my answer was rejected as incorrect.
The sentence talks about 'the bears' as in a selection, not the entire species. When talking about the entire species the sentence would have been 'Hoelang slapen beren?'.
although, i can see your point now, i would have still added a few words to clarify the meaning, like for instance: "Hoelang slapen de beren in deze dierentuin"
I don't see the need for that. As JustCallMeRemko already explained, the difference between the entire species and a selections of bears is already perfectly clear:
- de beren = the bears
- beren = bears