"She can cycle" makes more sense to me. People don't say "I bike" very often.
Why is this "she" and not "they"? I think the fact that it's "fietsen" and not"fietst" threw me off.
Look at the verb "kunnen". Ze kan... = She can... Ze kunnen = They can...
- Kan - 1st or 3rd person singular or second person singular (informal)
- Kunt - 2nd person singular (formal)
What's the meaning of Kan in this case? Being able to bike or having the skill as in english?
I think what you mean to ask is, is this about having skill, or having permission?
The answer is that this is an isolated sentence in a language learning program. Absent any other clues, we should translate "kan" as "can".
Strictly speaking, that means you are asking about skill, not permission, which in English would be (strictly speaking) "May she ride a bike?"
The word "bike" can also be a verb, at least in standard American English. For example, it is listed as such in the 1992 American Heritage dictionary.
Look at kan, not fietsen. Kan is the first verb so that's the one that agree with the noun (just like in English - e.g. She wants to run only "wants" gets the "s"). The "plural" form of kan is kunnen.
"fietsen" is not actually the plural form of the verb here at all, it's the infinitive (like the "to" form in English). The infinitive and plural form of the verb is the same, just like in English.
"Bike" as a verb is not very elegant. I like "ride a bike" or "ride a bicycle" (more formal)
'bike' is not properly a verb. Bike is a noun. You RIDE a bike. So 'She can bike' is like saying 'She can skipping rope'.
Deb, "bike" as a verb is in my 1992 American Heritage dictionary -- 27 years ago.
Of course, you are free in your own speech to say "ride a bike" instead, which is also perfectly fine.
Except it isn't. There are multiple cases where Duo only accepts the answer if I use bike where it should be 'ride'.
Perhaps DL will accept "bicycle" as a verb, if you don't like "bike", and if DL will not accept "cycle".
(I don't know, because I always write "bike" for both the noun and the verb -- saves keystrokes!)
As an Australian speaker, I would always use 'ride' as well, but Duo doesn't like it, and I find 'bike' clunky, so I use 'cycle' instead, which I've never had any trouble with in these exercises.
Audio is messed up on this one, the fast audio clearly says "Zij KanT fietsen". Reported.
The phrase "go biking" suggests to me that "bike" is being used as a verb, at least in the -ing form. I thought you were in the camp that believes "bike" should only be a noun ...
"I bicycle all over town" or "I bicycled across America." (which I did) are perfectly valid English expressions.