"Wie mag de koning kronen?"

Translation:Who may crown the king?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mor_V

If this is how ask say "who may crown the king?", how do you ask "who may the king crown?"?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iris_17
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Technically speaking, the Dutch sentence is ambiguous and could have either meaning, because "wie" could be the subject and "koning"the object, or vice versa.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moonfriend
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This is where a who and whom would come in handy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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How would you say "Who may the king crown?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricVanErt

Is it just me, or does the word "kronen" sound like it is pronounced as though it starts with a "g?"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/use_her_name
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It's not you, Mr. Robotvoice messed up here.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SirBeck
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You are right. It does that with ''kroning'' too :/ I reported both, hope it gets fixed.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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Who does crown the king in the Netherlands?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Nobody, the Dutch king isn't crowned, however the crown is present at the inauguration.

Wikipedia inhuldiging: "Kroningen hebben een religieus karakter. Inhuldigingen zijn seculier van karakter. In een staat waarin kerk en staat zijn gescheiden, ligt een inhuldiging voor de hand."

So it is common for countries where state and church are separate (like the Netherlands), to have an inauguration, not a coronation. Also see this wikipedia page.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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Dank u wel!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Graag gedaan. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcinTust

I don't think that's especially accurate. Coronation would be the correct English term for any ceremony where monarch is ceremonially given a (the) crown.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Then I guess in present day usage coronation is broader than kroning is. I remember from the recent inauguration of king Willem-Alexander that it was no kroning, but an inhuldiging.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tina_in_Bristol

I'm confused about "mag". Logically, I would have thought, as in this case, it translates to its closest English counterpart, "may" (as in: "is allowed to"). However, I'm almost certain that in other lessons - specifically the one that talks about what a goalkeeper can do - I was marked wrong for "may" ("the goalkeeper may kick the ball"), and the correct translation was given as "can". I would have thought that if it's "kan" it translates as: "can" (is able to), and if it's "mag", it translates as "may" (is allowed to). Is it me, or is it inconsistent between lessons?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chartsman
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I'm sure "mogen" wasn't accepted when translated as "can" in any of my recent sentences as I often write it automatically and have to correct myself. I know that sometimes "may" is rejected as well (especially in negation or unusually heard contexts) but "be allowed to" always works. Perhaps a year ago it wasn't like that though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nordenvind

Since the sentence is ambiguous, can it not be "Whom may the king crown?"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cmustille

I "who is permitted to crown the king" incorrect?

2 years ago
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