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"The children are weaker than us."

Translation:De kinderen zijn zwakker dan wij.

3 years ago

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In English you can say either "The children are weaker than us" or "The children are weaker than we are". Can you never say "De kinderen zijn zwakker dan ons" in Dutch?

3 years ago

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Actually, that's one of our common mistakes that we make! But it is grammatically incorrect. You always have to use the personal pronoun.

We also tend to say: 'De kinderen zijn zwakker als wij.' Ouch! Or worse: 'De kinderen zijn zwakker als ons.' A mnemonic for als/dan would be 'hetzelfde als en anders dan' ('the same as, and different than').

3 years ago

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No, "zwakker dan ons" is technically incorrect. However, many native speakers make this mistake as well, so probably it will eventually make its way into the official language.

3 years ago