"Hij gaat daar elke dag naartoe."

Translation:He goes there every day.

August 6, 2014



What is the purpose to "naartoe" in this sentence?

August 6, 2014


This sentence works differently in English and Dutch. With gaan you have to add some specifics (probably because gaan is also used to make a future tense). The only exception, where you can use gaan without accompanying words is in the meaning of going away. Some examples:

  • Ik ga = Ik ga er vandoor = Ik ga weg = I'm going away/I'm leaving
  • Ik ga niet = I'm not going away/I'm not going to whatever is specified before
  • ik ga er niet heen = I'm not going to whatever is specified before
  • Ik eet = I eat
  • Ik ga eten = I am going to eat
  • Ik ga daar eten = I'm going to eat there
  • Ik ga daar (this is an incomplete sentence, some additional word has to follow)
  • Ik ga daar naartoe = Ik ga daar heen = I go there
August 6, 2014


This should be included in the initial tips.

August 2, 2015


Yes, it would be nice if this were included in the initial tips.
I hope @Susande or any of the other moderators acts on this.

March 20, 2016


Hey, I have a question, why do you write sometimes "if this were", wouldn't it be like "if this was"? Sorry, I'm not a native English speaker and this is a little confusing to me

July 14, 2016

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"Were" is the subjunctive. It is used to "express[...] a circumstance which is desired, demanded, recommended, necessary, or similar." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_subjunctive In this case, it refers to something that is contrary to fact (NOT in the intial tips) that is desired ("it would be nice..."). Subjunctive forms are often the same as indicative forms in modern English so people are not always aware of the distinction, and the mood is falling out of use.

July 15, 2016


Thank you very much Howard, I think now I understand it a bit better

July 16, 2016


What is the function/meaning of heen? Bedankt!

September 1, 2014


to make this sentence complete

as a German native, it sounds to be cognate with German "hingehen": Ich gehe dahin.

May 11, 2015


Sure would be nice if the tip actually offered a tip as to the purpose of 'naartoe' in this sentence.

October 27, 2014


"naartoe" means "to" or "towards". You cannot have only "daar", because it specifies a place, not a direction.

November 2, 2014


I'd like to see a lot more tips in this course. Something like Susande's explanation above would be perfect for this question.

January 5, 2015


Why is the translation: "he goes towards there everyday" not correct?

March 12, 2015


Because it's not just towards, it's also reaching "there".

March 12, 2015


For the people who have made the same mistake as I did, which mistaken “everyday" with "every day", here is what I learned:

everyday is one single word and it is only an [adjective], so it should only be used before the nouns. Before, I thought it could also be an [adverb], but that is WRONG.

every day, on the other hand, is equal to "each day", thus can be used as an [adverb].

In Duolingo sometimes the miss of a space is allowed, but I am now in line with the spirit of this question: the difference is fundamental

February 24, 2016


Why is naartoe going in the end

May 24, 2015


Have a look at this website, it has a good explanation on Dutch word order: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.00

May 24, 2015


Is there a difference between using "naartoe" and "naar...toe". Like "Ik ga naar de kerk toe." Thank you.

June 16, 2016


Wait, why does the sentence need both ‘daar’ and ‘er’?

January 22, 2015


No er anywhere.

February 5, 2015


Why would 'hij gaat daar elke dag' be incorrect? I understand that 'naartoe' indicates a kind of 'to there' function, so would this sentence without 'naartoe' just be 'he goes everyday' or something?

August 1, 2015


I don't know if I'm correct, but for me "hij gaat daar elke dag" unnatural. The word "naartoe" really makes the sentence complete.

November 13, 2015


If you don't conclude with naartoe, people will be expecting that the sentence isn't finished. The specific sentence we are discussing doesn't lend itself well to an example so here is what this sounds like in English:

He goes every day to

Difference here is that in Dutch, it sounds weird and confusing when you leave out a different word versus in English.

Hope this helps!

December 16, 2017


Why not "Elk" instead of "elke"?

January 5, 2017


In short, because dag is not neuter gender it requires the inflected form of the "determiner" elk (or of the "adjective" elk, depending upon which grammar model you prefer). Thus it is elk jaar but elke dag.

February 8, 2017


Why is "he goes over there every day" not accepted?

May 18, 2017


That's a Midwest/South colloqialism. That sounds fine to me but I know the 'over' isn't needed.

December 16, 2017
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