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"Er wordt in de tuin gespeeld."

Translation:There is playing in the yard.

August 6, 2014



I don't understand the English translation...


"There are people playing in the yard" is how I would describe this event in English.


And also "someone is playing in the yard/ they are playing in the yard" should be the default translations in this section

otherwise one will hardly grasp the meaning and then use "er wordt/er is" in their dutch interactions.


The correct answer on my sentence of 'There is playing in the garden.' was 'There is a game being played in the garden.' I find my sentence more natural and extra words added in the correct one! :/


I put "They are playing in the garden" and was marked wrong. But in other sentences using a more literal impersonal translation was discouraged in favor of "they" as subject. Is there a guideline for these sentences?


If you could give me an example of other sentences I could elaborate, but in this case, specifically, it is an impersonal sentence. This sentence literally means: [in the garden] an action [playing] is being performed. A good way to translate this into English would be: "There is playing going on in the garden." Doesn't make the best of sense in English, but you get the idea.


I am rather confused about when Dutch passive voice with "er" translates into English present or past tense. The notes are not too informative.


"There is playing" is simply not a phrase any native English speaker would ever use. It may be a literal translation, but you might say "somebody is playing" or "people are playing" or maybe even "play is happening", but "there is playing" is just awkward and wrong."


This is not a natural UK English sentence; this series of answers requires retranslation into genuine English


The translations for the er wordt/is passives feel awfully poetic...and thus not at all like anything you would ever use in conversation.


Agreed. Moreover, this is not a construction for formal English--the passive voice is abhorred. Simply stated, this is a construction which is probably technically valid, but has no actual use.


That's the nature of the passive voice, it's often used in English when you're changing the emphasis of the sentence from normal.


Can anyone explain why "There has been playing in the garden" is not a correct translation. Playing would be a noun in this sentence, and "There is playing in the garden" is actually accepted.


Because this sentence cannot be translated with "has been" - the presence of "wordt" means the playing is currently going on.


But, wait! Isn't gespeeld past tense? Aaarghh


It's the past participle. The passive in English uses the past participle too, just with the auxiliary verb 'to be' instead of 'to become': 'The game is played', 'The ball was thrown'.


Hmmm. I must have known that.... I have a lot of trouble with word, wordt, werd - I can never get it right past/present. Is is was and wordt (become) is present. Sigh. Thank you for your help.


Literally this means: someone or something is playing in the garden


This unit is going to be a nightmare. We can all see what the Dutch means but the sentences are untranslatable. So my 'paraphrase', 'The garden is used for play', is marked wrong, but the 'correct' answer is not English in any shape or form. I may have to abandon this unit because of the frustration, which is a pity as the topic is very important.


Don´t give up! Duolingo is still the best!


Very awkward English.


So...we have "gespeeld," but no present perfect tense?


That's how this is expressed in Dutch.


The passive in English uses the past participle too: 'The game is played', 'The ball was thrown'.


Ahhh, okay. Thanks!


What about: "One plays in the garden" ?


Shouldn't "backyard" be accepted for "tuin"?


The dutch word for backyard is "koer".

Tuin means garden


Koer = Flemish, not Dutch. In Dutch "backyard" = achtertuin.


How bout er werd in de tuin gespeeld


Then is the verb in the past


That's terrible English

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