1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Dutch
  4. >
  5. "Such a thing does not work."

"Such a thing does not work."

Translation:Zoiets werkt niet.

August 27, 2014


Sorted by top post


"Zoiets doet het niet". Would this work, or am I remembering an earlier exercise completely wrong? :)

Or was it OK in that exercise, but not OK here?

September 16, 2014


Well, that is the translation suggested by the hints. I've found quite a few questions where the hints do not comport with the required answer.

October 6, 2014


If you are talking about a piece of machinery that is broken, you can say "doet het niet", but "werkt niet" is a more general phrasing you could use for any type of thing you might attempt to do that does not work.

May 10, 2018


is "zulke" interchangeable with "zo'n" in this case?

December 12, 2014


No zo'n is short for zo een (such a) zulke literally just means such.

March 16, 2016


it may be short for 'zo een', but 'zo een' is not accepted :)

May 7, 2016


Contractions are often the only correct form in a language. They replace the uncontracted version, rather being an additional option.

Compare French "du" and "des" which come from "de le" and "de les" respectively. There's no such thing as "de le" and "de les." There's "de la / de l' / du / des."

Can't think of an english version at the moment, unless you count that "Mrs" and "Mr" can no longer be pronounced as nor written out as "Mistress" and "Master."

August 19, 2019


literally just repeating what i was told, i don't have that answer for you.

May 8, 2016


Yeah why does "Zulk ding werkt niet." not work?

November 13, 2015


It would be "zo'n ding" I think (at least I wrote that and it was accepted)

November 17, 2015


zulke dingen =such things. zo een ding =such thing zulke oude dingen= such old things , zo een oud ding= such an old thing etc,

September 8, 2016


where can you apply such a sentence in English?

August 27, 2014


"He tried to lure his dog using food, but such a thing doesn't work if he's not hungry"

August 27, 2014



August 27, 2014


Is it wrong to say "zulk een ding..."

September 7, 2016


This sounds stiff and robotic, even if it's literal.. Americans would be more likely to say "Something like that doesn't work," which is in fact what the Interglot website offers as one possibility. Even "That sort of thing" on other web sites sounds and reads better.

November 6, 2016


If ' Zo'n ding werkt niet.' is accepted (and it is), then why is ' Zo een ding werkt niet.' not accepted??

August 12, 2018


such a thing= zulke ding AND IT SHOULD NOT GIVE MISTAKE. PERIOD

January 7, 2019
Learn Dutch in just 5 minutes a day. For free.