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"Maskinen har mange kræfter."

Translation:The machine has a lot of power.

November 15, 2014



If I were to say 'Manden har mange kræfter', could this mean either 'The man has many powers' (such as X-ray vision) or 'The man has a lot of power' (like the Hulk)?


It could mean both. In the first case you might also say "super kræfter", as in super powers, if context isn't enough.


Jeg ser, tak for svar.


Every time I get presented with this translation I write 'The machine is very powerful '. This seems the obvious translation to me. Of course it is always marked wrong yet all the other translations seem unnatural or contrived to me.


I'm not sure why this isn't "meget kræfter". Otherwise wouldn't it mean that the machine has many powers?


Kræfter is a plural (which is confusing from an English perspective), so it couldn't be meget. Just like in English you can't use 'much' with a plural. Why kræfter should be a plural is a question I cannot answer. It just is, I guess.


OK got it. Thanks a lot.


Why isn't "The machine is powerful" correct?


This one really irritates me. I always forget the translation given by Duolingo and write the obvious 'The machine is very powerful' and get it wrong. I must be on the tree for the 10th time due mainly to this exercise!


Why is kræfter used instead of the singular? Is it because in this circumstance we can use power as a mass noun in English, but it's a countable noun in Danish?


Wouldn't 'forces' be a good translation as well?


Why, oh why, is "kræfter" pronounced with an [a] sound like in "kan"? ;-)

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