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"Fiets jij ermee?"

Translation:Do you bike with it?

August 10, 2014



Dutch Team: this is a sentence desperately in need of context. What does the pronoun stand for? The bike? A teddy bear? A bottle of wine?


Basically could be 3 situations:

1) The state of the bike. The bike might seem too old or damaged to cycle with

2) Luggage. You might have received a big bouquet of flowers, someone might feel it's too big to carry by bike.

3) You might have an injury. When I broke a bone in my foot I went to hospital by bike (real story). "Ik heb een gebroken middenvoetsbeentje - Fiets jij ermee???"

You would not use "ermee" to refer to people (or teddy bears if you consider them company, not luggage). For people you would say "met hem/haar/hen".


Since when is 'to bike' a verb?


Always has been for me. Perhaps it is regional?

"I biked to the store" sounds as right as rain (in Canada).


Same here. 'I'm going biking.' 'I can't bike that far!' 'I'm tired because I biked all over town today.'


What year is it? The year when bicycle was created at the first time?


I don't understand why "do you bike with this" is wrong. I understand this sentence like that : I have a very old bicycle - really old and rosty - and I pretend to bike from Paris to Amsterdam with it. And people telling me pointing at my old bike :Fiets jij ermee ? (do you bike with THIS ?"


Same question here.


With this = hiermee


I don't understand the translation "Do you bike with it?" How can i cycle with something? I would understand "Do you bike with them?"


With your backpack?

Or with a beercrate strapped on the back of the bike Dutch style?


Pfff, strapped? Do it proper Dutch style with one hand on the handlebars and one hand reaching back, on the crate.


@von_peter, try to see this way: "er" is replacing something from a previous sentence (not in the example), and "mee" in dutch means "with" or "along". So, fiets jij ermee? = do you bike with it? . It's clearer if they include where does the "er" come from I think

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    How can you bike with it? You may bike somewhere, but you don't bike with it. With what? A cat, a dog, a headache" Plus how can you fiets ermee? The only thing you can bike with 'it' is the bike itself, or am I off my rocker?


    It could be an object, like a bag from a shop or a rucksack.


    3 situations:

    1) you refer to a vehicle

    2) you refer to luggage you carry while biking / cycling

    3) you refer to a (temporary) handicap


    Is "mee" also a preposition and a synonym to "met"?


    If I remember correctly, mee is the form that met takes when it is compounded with another word. Note the separable verb meegaan.



    Not necessarily compounded, as mee is a word all on its own. But you could say mee is the adverb form of met.


    Met and mee are separate words, but they both come from the same old Dutch word.

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