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"Manden spiser fiskens kød."

Translation:The man is eating the fish's meat.

October 23, 2014



Since we're in "Duolingoland: Land of Unrealistic Sentences" :p, I want to ask: does "fiskens kød" means just "the fish meat", or could it mean also "some meat that is possessed by the fish"?


In this case "fiskens kød" literally does mean "the fish's meat" and won't be used for saying "the fish meat", which would instead be "fiskekødet".

With this sentence, "Manden spiser fiskens kød", it could both mean that the man is literally eating the fish's meat, as in meat that belongs to the fish, and not the fish's own flesh 'and blood'.

So like you pointed out, "fiskens kød" is "some meat that is possessed by the fish".

Now, "fiskens kød" could also refer to the meat on the fish. As in, "Spiser du fiskens kød?" = [Literally: "Eat you the fish's meat?"] = (Meaning: Are you eating the fish's meat? / Do you eat the fish's meat?). However, as a native Danish speaker, I can't see a real-life situation where you'd say this.

Unless you got very technical, and you were two people talking about which parts of a fish you would be eating:

Person 1: "Spiser du fiskens kød?"

Person 2: "Nej, jeg spiser fiskens øjne."


Person 1: "Do you eat the fish's meat?"

Person 2: "No, I eat the fish's eyes."

But unless you wanted to get specific like that it seems a bit redundant. If you wanted to say, "Do you have the fish meat?", you'd say, "Har du fiskekødet?" = [Literally: "Have you the fish meat?"].

I hope that helps!


Thanks, this helps a lot!

(It actually sounds a bit like a parallel to "yú de ròu" and "yúròu" in Mandarin to me...)


Great answer, mange tak!


Don't forget that "fiskens kød" can also mean "the meat of the fish": Lad det simre til fiskens kød er hvidt og fast = Let it simmer until the meat of the fish is white and firm.


I'd like to know this too.


Quick tip: Do yourself a favor and hover over "fiskens" for the correct pronunciation. For some reason, when the software reads the entire sentence, it botches the pronunciation of "fiskens", but does it correctly, when pronouncing it on its own.


Thank you for the tip, there is a clear difference in the two pronunciations.


I think this got fixed by now or I'm just too limited to make out any difference. :s


I also think it's fixed now. Then again, danish is pretty difficult to pronounce :D


The fish's meat? You mean... fish?


Why is it THE man and not A man?


Because "a man" would be "en mand"

en [---] = a [---]

[---]en = the [---]


This is silly. I'm English you wouldn't say fish's meat... You'd say fish meat even if it was in ownership to the fish.


I got a wrong answer when typing "The man is eating the fish meat." I have been taught in English you only ever say fish, and there is no such thing as fish's. Am I wrong all these years ?


I agree with all those who say that fish's meat is not good English. I think that in this unit the genitive "'s" is abused.

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