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"My grandfather is my father's father."

Translation:Mijn grootvader is de vader van mijn vader.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EricaBruss1

Why isn't the "pa" sentence accepted?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olive.winner

I believe it's because they want the translation of 'father' specifically, instead of 'dad'. o uo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shatov72
shatov72
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So, 'vaders vader' is a Dutch way of saying 'father's father'?

So Dutch uses the possessive 's' in a similar way to English, except that it doesn't use an apostrophe?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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That's possible as well. The apostrophe is used in Dutch to prevent pronunciation issues:

  • Piets boek = Piet's book
  • Renés boek = René's book
  • Theo's boek = Theo's book
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FeliciaSwart

What's the difference between "opa" and "grootvader"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theresa_NL

Opa is more commonly used and more informal. I don't know anyone who would still use 'grootvader', not even my father. It is more common though if you talk about your 'overgrootvader', your great-grandfather.

3 years ago