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"Hij woont ergens."

Translation:He lives somewhere.

4 years ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Luis_Domingos
Luis_Domingos
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Is there any way to distinguish between "somewhere" and "anywhere" in a sentence with "ergens"? I browsed through VanDale and it's giving me mixed signals, so I thought I should ask. Thanks in advance :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judi.MD

Use whichever word best applies to the translation. I am told that the Dutch don't conceptualize "anywhere", "anybody" and "anyone" quite the way that English-speakers do. These concepts are best explained with a phrase (such as waar dan ook in the case of "anywhere"), rather than depending upon a single word. But if "anywhere" applies to the overall sentence containing ergens, then use it.

But it doesn't fit here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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"Waar dan ook" translated for me as "wherever" but that does have the idea of "anywhere".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulineStinson
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Judi, you're exactly right. Anywhere in this sentence would be "waar dan ook" in Dutch.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zygro
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Is whe ergens word created from er+gens? If so, what does gens mean?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CJ.Dennis
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It doesn't appear to be composed of separate pieces.

2 months ago