Translation:When is the opening of their concert?
- "The opening of the concert, with elegiac songs from the new album — ..." - NY Times
- "More than 15,000 people watched the opening of the concert at Wumen Gate." - BBC
- "From the sale of the Jackson concert t-shirts to the name of the show —“Immortal World Tour”—down to the opening of the concert when an emcee yells,..." - Fox
- "At the opening of the concert, organizers took time to honor Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch, ..." - South Florida classical review
- "British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams performs on stage at the opening of the concert at Buckingham Palace" - CNN
I tried "when is their concert opening?", to make it more of an English translation and it said it was wrong because "concert" should be "concert's", which would make it say "When is their concert is opening?". Surely, even if many people play at the concert, it is still a single concert?
"Concert's" means "of the concert" and is singular. If there were several concerts, it would need to be "When are the concerts opening?" But here 'opening' is not a noun but a verbal word of some kind (have forgotten the name, is it a gerund?) and is therefore not a close translation of the Dutch "de opening". But this is all getting a bit complicated, really! I joined this thread because I didn't like the desired translation "When is the opening of the concert?" However, after a certain amount of cogitation, I've come to the conclusion that a concert can have an opening - for example, if it is a formal event, in the sense of having some sort of official introduction by a compère who says things like "We are overjoyed to have so-and-so with us this evening" or "We thank the mayor and town council for their support, without which this concert would have been impossible" etc.etc. If I'm on the right track here (and I won't comment on this subject again because my first effort seems to have been deleted !!), the opening of the concert is not the start of the first number or piece of music, but rather the faffing about that you get at the beginning of certain events where self-important people get up and speak for far too long. Do I detect a degree of cynicism here, I hear you say? Yes, you do!