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"De Maan draait rond de Aarde."

Translation:The Moon orbits around the Earth.

August 16, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nasoszfr

why here "the moon goes around the earth" is wrong, while a couple of sentences earlier, "the planets go around the sun" was the correct answer??

February 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Loeniboy

actually we don't.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OreoPriest

Can you hear the difference between 'man' and 'maan'? Both are plausible here semantically.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vam1980

Yes, the difference is audible.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OreoPriest

Thanks! I guess I just have to listen more carefully...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mossyrock89

Have a quick comparison on Google. It will give you the gist of the difference.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kot789

long vovel vs short vovel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dordoom

a - /ɑ/ - like a in English war.

aa - /aː/ - a long a sound.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WordFitlySpoken

So...we capitalize "moon" and "earth" in Dutch? This seems important to know, as we do not capitalize "moon" in English and rarely is it correct/necessary to capitalize "earth," according to my English textbooks...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OreoPriest

Not sure what English textbooks you've been looking at. When talking about the celestial bodies, i.e. the planet we live on and its moon, it's the Earth and the Moon. As a synonym for ground, 'earth' takes no capital, nor do moons in general. If you're not really talking astronomy, then you can talk about the sun and the moon without capitals.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rekty

In Dutch, Maan and Aarde don't have capitals neither.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/baumbaerin

thank you for the link :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/markvanments

Is "orbits around" a tautology?

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