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"Wij hebben tenminste wat water."

Translation:At least we have some water.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DaveUtrecht

Is the meaning of this 'while we don't have much water, we have at least some', or is it more 'well, we haven't got any food, but at least we have some water'? In other words, is the 'tenminste' modifying 'wat water', or 'hebben'? Or can it be used in both senses?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Owlspotting
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I wonder if it would depend on if "wat" or "water" is accented/focused.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Laure605988
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Pity this hasn't been fully answered.... Would be nice to know.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

When you say "wat water" or "wat eten" is that like "some water" and "some food"...? Is it kinda like etwas in German, like, "Ich hab' etwas wasser"...?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist
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Yes, that is indeed the meaning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lozi_

Is is also possible in normal speech to say "sommige water"? Or can you only say "wat water"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013
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"Some water", or "a bit of water", would translate in this sentence to "wat water" or "een beetje water" "Sommig water" would translate to "some kinds of water" - e.g. salt water, fresh water, carbonated water etc. (Note that because "water is a "het" word, you would say "sommig" not "sommige". Add the "e" with "de" words.)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lycenae

Could I say "tenminste hebben we wat water"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013
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That too should be correct.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxWootton3

I'm guessing 'opminste' isn't a word...

1 year ago

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You're probably thinking of "op zijn minste" which means "at least".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aliamer97

Its lost all over again

11 months ago