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"I am tall."

Translation:Ik ben lang.

4 years ago

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/darylgaerlan
darylgaerlan
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Why is it not lange? What's the rule here?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarmFoothills

Predicative adjactives (The man is tall; the girl is nice) do not get an -e.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darylgaerlan
darylgaerlan
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bedankt!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bjack3

My understanding is that "groot" can also be used to mean tall. Is there a reason this is not accepted? Is it a Dutch (from the Netherlands) vs Flemish difference?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spanish.waffles

It was correct 4/30/16

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheMerryDrinker
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Yes, it can. However there is a slight difference. The same as saying a big man instead of a tall man. Big and also groot implies the idea of fat or muscular, not tall in combination with thin. (Mager).

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbhinavKum893295

Ik ben groot is correct!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vnucko7
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Why ia groet wrong? - Thank you for answering!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatelynVB

Lange vs lang?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam72608
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I love how tall means just "long"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny11291992

This doesnt make sense. Two problems ago it said that "lange" is tall and "lang" is long, which i confused before and got incorrect, and now it says that "lange" is long? Either there is an inconsistancy in this app or the dutch language is way more compicated than i thought.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheyenne738355

Yes but so is English once you look at some of the things we do.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skylar588051

Why is it i am tall instead of i am long?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam72608
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because nobody says "I am long". people are tall. snakes are long.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanMeaneyPL
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Modern English has "tall" for vertical length (people, buildings, even mountains are "tall"). "Long" is nowadays reserved for horizontal length long trains, long fields, long distances - or extended periods of time. You can have a long journey, but not a tall one! However, historically we also find "long" meaning (vertically) "tall". The surname Longfellow speaks for itself. In relatively recent Irish history, two heroes of the liberation struggle were known as "the long fellow" (Eamon De Valera - tall and skinny) and "the big fellow" (Michael Collins - tall and built like a brick outhouse).

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pvramore

Is 'hebben jullie' 'do you have' as in only you (one person) or is it as in 'do y'all have'?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KTo288
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I don't know if it is a true cognate but in English someone who is tall (and thin) can be described as "lanky".

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gko747

I don't understand the difference between "lang" and "lange" Just like in "rustig" and "rustige" Can someone help ?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raxsah
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There's no difference in the meaning of the words, the spelling is just altered slightly depending on the sentence structure (and as a consequence, there's a very slight change in pronunciation). See these notes, they'll explain when to use the different spellings:

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Adjective-Basics/tips-and-notes

1 month ago