"Heeft iedereen een bord?"

Translation:Does everyone have a plate?

August 17, 2014


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I wrote "Does anyone have a plate?" and was marked incorrect. Can anyone help explain to me why this is incorrect? (anyone is in the drop down as a possible correct translation of iedereen) Thanks.

February 27, 2017


everyone means iedereen. anyone is not equal to everyone.

May 2, 2017

January 18, 2018

  • Does everybody have a plate? - Heeft iedereen een bord?
  • Does anyone have a plate? - Heeft iemand een bord?

Only in specific context can anyone translate as iedereen, e.g.:

  • You can stop anyone - Je kan iedereen stoppen
  • Anyone can see that... - Iedereen kan zien dat....

So yes, you will find in a dictionary that anyone can translate as iedereen, but you cannot automatically translate it as iedereen anywhere you come across it. Also to clear it up, with the examples I gave, you cannot translate anyone as iemand.

January 18, 2018


That's interesting, and I haven't completely got my head around the exact difference, but, looking at your two examples, you could almost put 'everyone' in instead of 'anyone' without the meaning changing much.

There's a much bigger difference between: Does anyone have a plate? (the implication is hardly anyone does) Does everyone have a plate? (the implication is that most people do)

May 4, 2018


i would say "has everyone a plate?"

August 21, 2014


Thanks to Duolingo, I've been warming up to this construction. It kept on accepting have X? and has X?, that now I've started to use them myself. Now suddenly they don't accept it? Reported!

September 8, 2014


that sounds so British!!

September 28, 2016


Has is a third person verb, you would need a second person verb for the people you're talking to. In your case it would be "got". A better way to word it might be "Does everyone have a plate?"

October 8, 2014


Actually, "everyone" is third person singular. "Has everyone a plate?" sounds less natural in English, but it's technically correct.

October 24, 2014


It's more than "technically" correct. It simply is correct. More and more slang is used all the time and is frequently heard in media entertainment.

"Has everyone a plate?" at one time within the last century considered an expression of an educated person, might now be considered a more formal expression.

Natural vs unnatural is reflective of exposure more than correct English.

December 30, 2014


technically whatever communicates effectively is correct because that is the purpose of language

January 2, 2015


I suppose there is an argument to be made for effective communication, esp. spoken between individuals. However, there are other "disciplines" of language where precision makes a massive difference. Legal, technical, and more...

January 2, 2015


In modern English, only auxiliary and modal verbs can be used in this construction and here "has" would be a main verb so by modern grammar it is actually ungrammatical.

June 27, 2017


I 1000% disagree with you here. I think, "Has everyone a plate?" is perfectly grammatical, though perhaps a little uncommon. More common, at least where I live is this structure with the word anyone: "Has anyone an idea of how to fix this?"

July 30, 2017


Its correct grammer because it is an old way to say it not because people tend to use it in every day speach in other words ; )

November 30, 2014


OK, unlike "Heb jij/je", "Heeft iedereen" does not change on the inversion.....!

August 17, 2014


That's right, this only happens with je/jij.

August 17, 2014


Only je/jij? Not hij/zij?

February 25, 2016


Yes, only je/jij

  • jij hebt - heb jij?
  • u hebt/heeft - hebt/heeft u?
  • hij/zij heeft - heeft hij/zij?
February 25, 2016


Interesting. Thank you.

February 25, 2016


"iedereen" pops up with "everyone" and "anyone," how can I tell when to use which?

May 17, 2017


There is not one word in Dutch that means 'anyone', depending on the context it can mean 'iemand' or 'iedereen'.

(Copied from xMerrie's post. Thanks xMerrie!) :)

October 15, 2017


how does that answer her question

April 4, 2019


So how would you ask "does anyone have a plate"?

September 6, 2017


"Heeft iemand een bord." Iemand is introduced in the previous sentence. The "anyone" hint for "iedereen" is unhelpful. Shame no moderators can comment on it.

October 15, 2017


Unfortunately, word-for-word translation is not always possible. There is not one word in Ditch that means 'anyone'. Depending on the context it can mean 'iemand' or 'iedereen'.

October 15, 2017


So what in the context of this sentence precludes the possibility of translating "iedereen" as "anyone"?

October 16, 2017


Because "Does anyone have a plate" means "Heeft er iemand een bord" in Dutch.

  • Someone/somebody = iemand
  • Everyone/everybody = iedereen
  • Anyone/anybody = iemand or iedereen

  • Iemand heeft een brief geschreven = Someone has written a letter

  • Iedereen heeft een brief geschreven = Everyone has written a letter
  • Iedereen kon een brief schrijven = Anyone/Everyone could write a letter
November 27, 2017


I wrote "does everybody have a plate" and it says incorrect, suggesting the correct solution is "does everyone have a plate". I believe they are synonyms.

March 30, 2019


Hm, could be a bug, because that sentence is in our database (and accepted). If it happens again, could you file a bug report or post a screenshot?

March 30, 2019


Explain the words' meanings!

May 29, 2019


I heard "boot" (boat) instead of "bord".

July 29, 2019


If the last letter of a Dutch word is 'd', it is usually pronounced 't'. Add to this the various Dutch pronunciations of 'r', and I understand why you heard 'boat' ('boot') for 'bord'.

August 29, 2019


Can't you say in english "everyone has a plate?"

July 4, 2015


Although everybody would know exactly what you mean. "Everyone has a plate?" is a statement - with a question mark. "Has everyone a plate?" is an actual question.

May 20, 2016


English is not my first language, why is it not 'Does everyone has a plate?' It's everyone has and not everyone have right.... Please explain this to me T^T

February 5, 2018


The particle "Does" is the agreeing part. So "has" ~= "does have". "Have" here is the infinitival (the semantic part of the infinitive, "to have") and it does not conjugate.

February 5, 2018


Hi Can I also say Heeft iedereen er een bord?

September 10, 2018


Hi! No, that is incorrect in Dutch

March 30, 2019


Dish is also a plate.. Isnt it?

December 30, 2014


A plate is something flat. A dish is a plate with raised sides. A bowl is a dish with even higher sides - different shapes for different amounts of liquid.

May 20, 2016
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