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"I do not have to say much."

Translation:Ik hoef niet veel te zeggen.

November 3, 2014



what's wrong with weinig?


Waarom niet ik heb niet? ipv hoef?


Perhaps a few example sentences will help:

"I do not have to say much" = "Ik hoef niet veel te zeggen"

"I do not have much to say" = "Ik heb niet veel (om) te zeggen"

"I do not have to sell anything" = "ik hoef niets te verkopen"

"I do not have anything to sell" = ''ik heb niets (om) te verkopen''

Think of ''hoeven'' as ''to need'' (or ''to have to'') and ''hebben'' as ''to own'' or ''to possess''. So you need to pick the right verb in Dutch instead of changing the word order like in English.


Thanks! Now I get it...Now just to remember it...


That's also possible, but changes the meaning from I am not required to say much to not having the urge yourself to say much.


Why not ''moet'' instead of ''hoef''?


I think there's a difference between "I don't have to say much" (it is my option if I want to say more) and "I must not say much" (it is not my option if I want to say more, and I could be in trouble if I do, for example.)


I might be completely off, but "Ik moet niet veel zeggen" would be a perfect translation if this was English-German. Wasn't accepted though (2018-08-20). Any reasons as to why this would be inacceptable?


Not sure I understand why "om te zeggen" is wrong here.


Because the verb here is "hoeven". "om" is unnecessary. The same with "durven" and most cases of "hebben". https://www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Te-%2B-infinitive-verbs/tips-and-notes Check the 3rd rule.


What is the difference between hoef and heb?


Ik heb geen te veel zeggen


How would one say "i do not have much to say?" The exercise literally translates to that, but its not the answer in the exercise.

  • I do not have much to say = Ik heb niet veel te zeggen
  • I do not have to say much = Ik hoef niet veel te zeggen


why not Ik heb?

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