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"The woman wears pants."

Translation:De vrouw draagt broeken.

November 13, 2014



I typed "de vrouw draagt broek" said I was wrong "broeken " was the right word. So the woman had on two pairs of pants?

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    It's either "de vrouw draagt een broek" (she is wearing pants) or "de vrouw draagt broeken" (she wears pants in general/regularly; i.e. she is a pants wearer and maybe doesn't like skirts very much).


    How is that we are supposed to know the difference when translating in duo? The sentence "The woman wears pants"....seems like there is no indicator that it is a generic sentence. But I see what you're saying about "broek" v. "broeken". Dankjewel


    Duolingo will accept both "een broek" and "broeken", but it won't except plain "broek".


    To clarify a little further, since it was not explicitly mentioned: "De vrouw draagt broek" is not accepted because it is grammatically incorrect. For singular nouns (like "broek"), you simply need an article.

    The same is true in English, you cannot say "She wears shirt". The only difference is that "pants" is always plural in English, but not in Dutch.


    This isn't a relevant example Simius, because in English "pant" isn't a word for clothing. It is always pants. Which is why We're confused why you would say "draagt een broek" when broek clearly can be plural. It has been in previous questions given to us by DuoLingo, where you do in fact say broek singular without an een before it, and it is right. So why this isn't accepted in this instance makes no sense at all.


    It did not accept een broek for me


    What is the complete sentence that you wrote?


    No. The sentence means that she wears trousers in general/in life/regularly.


    For those confused by some of the contributions on this page, here is a summary.

    We are given the English first: "The woman wears pants". This is probably a statement about the fact that she wears pants in general, because otherwise the English would most likely be "The woman is wearing pants".

    When speaking of occasions in general, English can use either the singular or the plural. For example:
    1a. When they go out, the man wears suits and the woman wears dresses.
    2a. When they go out, the man wears a suit and the woman wears a dress.
    The sentences above usually mean the same thing. Sentence 1 is a bit ambiguous, but it usually does not mean that on a particular occasion the man wears several suits at one time and the woman wears several dresses at one time.

    In the sentences above, I deliberately used "dress" vs. "dresses" to make clear the distinction between singular and plural. But in English, the word "pants" can mean either one pair of pants (singular) or several pairs of pants (plural). In other words, the previous sentences, substituting "pants" for "dress/dresses", would be:
    1b. When they go out, the man wears suits and the woman wears pants.
    2b. When they go out, the man wears a suit and the woman wears pants.
    In other words, in English the plural and the singular of the statement about "pants" look the same.

    But in Dutch those statements look different. Here is first the plural, then the singular:
    1c. De vrouw draagt broeken.
    2c. De vrouw draagt een broek.


    As an Englishman, I often get confused when something like this comes up and I put, 'De vrouw draagt ondergoed' because pants in Britain always refers to someones underwear. I wonder if Duolingo will ever make an effort to change this for whom who want to study British English and the people of Britain who like me get a bit tripped when the answer comes up as wrong! haha


    You should really clarify that this is American English - in UK English "broeken" should be "trousers". "pants" are underwear (knickers).


    De vrouw draagt een broek.
    As I think it is fair to assume that she is only wearing one pair of pants at a time.


    You're not allowing for the sentence to mean that she wears trousers in general/in life/regularly.


    Can it not be used in the singular and plural?


    Also, if your translated it as Wears it wouldn't imply the same time. She wears shirts, is acceptable for example.


    In English pants are underwear. In American pants are trousers. This and words like shop and store make language learning with duo confusing. It would be amazing if we could have the choice of and English language and American language as a language setting or English (UK) and English (America).

    1. The woman is wearing pants (1 pair, right now) = De vrouw draagt een broek.
    2. The woman wears pants (in general, 1 pair at a time) = De vrouw draagt broeken.
    3. The woman is wearing pants (multiple pairs of pants right now) = De vrouw draagt broeken.


    Why is "De vrouw draagt ondergoed" incorrect?


    Ondergoed means underwear and not pants


    In British English, pants are underwear. What Americans call pants are trousers in the UK.


    Thanks for explaining


    I thought broeken were trousers, not pants (underwear).


    Your understanding of the Dutch is correct. However, the English being used here is American English.

    In American English "trousers" is sometimes used, but more often "pants" (meaning "trousers") is used. In American English "pants" by itself seldom means underwear. For that, American English says "underpants" or "panties".


    In one question you ask to translate "Pants" ..I said "broeken" ..you said I was incorrect ..now you ask this ..I type de vrouw draagt broek ..now you say that is incorrect ..is it ..broeken of niet en draagt de vrouw 2 ??


    When you use singular you need de/het/een, you cannot say "ik draag broek" just lie in English you cannot say "I wear shirt". Pants in English is always plural so that's a different story.

    In most questions both broeken and broek are accepted along with the correct grammar. The only question where only broek is accepted is the image exercise since that depicts only a single pair of pants.

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