If a man is standing next to a really tall thing, can this sentence literally mean he doesn't appear big?
Could we use "daarnaast" in exactly the same way as "furthermore" , namely with a meaning of "in addition" ? In other words, it is not very clear whether "daarnaast" is strictly about distance/location or also about giving additional information.
Yes. 'Daarnaast' can be used in a figurative way like that. Literally it's "next to that", so in a figurative way that means 'furthermore' (for instance when you're elaborating on something).
I was wondering how you get 'furthermore' from 'there next'. I guess, for myself, that comes closest to the literal meaning of 'besides'.
is there a difference between 'daarnaast' in this figurative way and 'bovendien'?
It's a small nuance bit I think there is. This sentence can be used in a context where it follows another sentence. If you use 'daarnaast', you support the other sentence, if you use 'bovendien' you not alone support it, but add (something new or important) to it too.
This sentence needs more clarification. I'd read "Daarnaast" more quickly as "next to that" than "furthermore." This sentence should have several correct options.
Should have been "besides", but not sure it would have worked either I tried "that aside, ..." and it also didn't work, I was surprised.
as far as my limited knowledge goes, no, it is not a question. the swapped order of the words follows from the use of "Daarnaast", which opens a conditional sentence in which the order of the words changes
Actually, strictly speaking it could be translated as "Furthermore, is the man not big?", but in Dutch, you would also need the comma after 'Daarnaast' (and of course a question mark).
Why does Duo reject... next to it, and approves ...next to that? Am I missing something?
- Ernaast = next to it
- Daarnaast = next to that
- Hiernaast = next to this
As allways, thank you for your comments. As users, we are collectively in the debt of contributors like you ,and all others, who freely give of themselves to make the Duo project work.
That said, Google gives...daarnaast, as well as ....hiernaast as viable options to ...ernaast. Is Google wrong? Is...er...really not an abbreviation of ...daar?