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"I return to the Netherlands."

Translation:Ik keer terug naar Nederland.

December 15, 2014



Why is 'terugkeer' wrong?


terugkeren is a separable verb, so it is:

  • Ik keer terug
  • Jij keert terug

It does occur in the exact form terugkeren:

  • Terugkeren lukte niet/terugkeren was niet mogelijk (It was not possible to return.)
  • Wij kunnen terugkeren (We can return.)

The noun de terugkeer (the return) also exists.


Thanks, I guess I shouldn't blindly trust google translate)


Thank you for your explanation.

I read in dutchgrammar.com that we should separate the prefix from the verb in separable compound verbs by placing it at the end (after the middle part). Duo did accept "Ik keer naar Nederland terug", but I'd like to ask if there's any difference between my sentence and Duo's preferred sentence. Thank you in advance :)


The only difference is in emphasis. In your sentence the emphasis is more on naar Nederland, in Duo's preferred sentence, it's on terug.


These separable verbs are very confusing. Thus far, I don't think I've gotten a single one correct my first time through. I think they should be in their own separate lesson. Then I think the true newbies (like me) would be able to recognize them (or similar verbs) and attempt the answer using retained knowledge rather than going trial and error.


Could I have used ten instead of naar? As in ten westen, to the west, where a location seems to be implied?



  • ten noorden/zuidwesten/etc. van x = to the north/southwest/etc. of x
  • naar x = to x
  • richting x = towards x
  • naar het noorden van x = to the north (the northern side) of x

However in somewhat old-fashioned Dutch you could say ik ben geboren te stad/dorp = I was born in city/village.


Thanks very much for this - I guess richting and naar ... toe must be pretty interchangeable?


Well, almost (it depends a bit on how pedantic you want to be). :) Richting x just means you go towards x (so the goal is in the same direction as x, the goal is not x itself, or maybe there is no goal), naar x usually means the goal is x. You can say richting is more uncertain than naar.


Thanks Susande, that's very clear, and satisfying to understand

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