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"De muis draagt een broek."

Translation:The mouse is wearing pants.

January 20, 2015



And why is there the word 'een' if it's not being translated?

January 20, 2015


Well, first of all, in English 'pants' is plural, and in Dutch it's singular. Second, you don't always translate word for word. That just doesn't work. ;)

January 20, 2015


Thanks xMerrie

January 24, 2015


Sometimes i miss the word 'the' out and i get 'incorrect' back! Can't win.

February 20, 2019


Well, I wrote "a pair of trousers" an it was accepted

April 3, 2018


This the same question i have

March 20, 2019


wow, first ducks, then birds, then elephants, then MICE ??? wow, animals are more intelligent than people in netherlands, I should like to visit that country

September 17, 2015


Mickey Mouse?

June 29, 2016


So, is broek more closely translated to "a pair of pants" and broeken is more like "multiple pairs of pants"?

March 6, 2015



April 25, 2015


Broek in American English is pants, in British English it is trousers.

March 4, 2015


It's pants in Australia, also. Nobody says trousers.

August 16, 2017


Duo says that it uses American English

October 4, 2015


I don't know enough american English that I would be able to tell when I should change my vocabulary. They seem accommodating to British English so far though.

December 10, 2015


Don't worry, we accept British English as well. Please report a missing translation! :)

December 22, 2015


Why "De muis draagt een broek." should be translated as "the mouse is wearing pants" and not "the mouse wears pants"? I mean, where is something that shows that it is present continuous and not present simple?

March 21, 2017


Hi Jeanne, The mouse wears pants is accepted as well. Are you should there weren't any mistakes?

June 24, 2017


Thanks for the answer) I asked, because when I wrote "the mouse wears pants, it didn't accept it and gave me the answer that "the mouse is wearing pants" would be correct. Maybe it's just a mistake in application)

June 24, 2017


I have the same situation Jeanne. I wrote 'the mouse wears pants and it's considered as wrong answer.

March 8, 2018


You're welcome.

Well, yes, then it must have been a glitch. When such things happen, make sure you take a screenshot, upload it somewhere (like Google Drive, for instance), and then report it and explain what happened, pasting the link so the developers can see the screenshot.

June 25, 2017


I wrote "the mouse wears pants" and got incorrect too. I have flagged it.

July 14, 2019


For an Australian, trousers are long pants, Shorts are short pants, both are pants. Is broek long, short or both.

June 21, 2015


Generally "broek" is long, but it can be either. If you want to make the distinction in Dutch, you can use "korte broek" and "lange broek".

June 21, 2015


Thanks for that.

June 22, 2015


December 22, 2015


I don't understand why its "draagt" instead of "draag"

November 13, 2015


Well, "Draag" is when you're talking about yourself. "Draagt" is when you're talking about someone or something else in the singular. So ik draag, zij draagt (she), zij draagen (they) (plural), hij draagt, [noun] draagt, and so on and so forth. Also, the add-a-t rule works for most other verbs, such as spreek/spreekt, drink/drinkt, etc.

January 27, 2016


It is zij dragen (they) :-)

February 28, 2016


Because Dragen is what we call the infinitive. So for first person - ik: the general rule is to remove -en to bring it back to the 'stem' and then you add another vowel to keep the sound in the open syllable long so now it would be draag.

for second person - je, u, jij & third person - hij, zij, het: you add a 't' to the stem -> so draag + t = draagt

for plural - jullie, wij, zij, ze, we: you take it back to the infinitive -> dragen.

Therefore, if the sentence were in English "the mice are wearing pants" you would use dragen because it is plural and that goes back to the infinitive verb. "De muizen zijn dragen broeken"

October 26, 2017


is the mouse really wearing a pants it is funny

October 18, 2017


Am I the only one who would love to see that on an actual mouse? It would be so weird! (I don't count Mickey Mouse as a real mouse)

January 15, 2018


why not the mouse wears a pants???

May 22, 2018


My question too. 'Pants' signifies a single item of clothing although it 'sounds like' a plural. Hence saying 'my pants is' is acceptable, while saying 'my pants are' could mean more than a single (pair of) pants. It's not simply American or English - it's almost universal and 'a pants is' should be accepted as an answer.

May 26, 2018


Pants is plural in English. “Look at all the pants that need to be folded.” In Dutch broek is singular. So “draagt een broek” is used just like, “draagt een hoet”

November 10, 2018


It should be "draagt een hoed", so a d instead of a t ;-)

November 10, 2018


Ah! Yes Hoed. I have corrected it. Thank you

November 10, 2018


De muis draagt klompjes :)

August 1, 2018


Would The mouse carries pants also be correct?

August 18, 2018


It appears dragen is literally translated as to carry as well. However the app has only taught dragen to mean to wear so it will probably count it as incorrect

November 10, 2018


The Dutch "broek" is much like the French "pantalon", which is also a singular noun referring to a pair of pants. So Dutch is not unique in using a singular noun in this instance. And it's not so illogical, because pants are actually a single garment. We just refer to them in the plural in English because of the two legs I guess (although we don't follow the same logic with shirts or jerseys or things that have two arms - go figure).

The pants in question must be pretty small for a mouse to be wearing them. But maybe they help make it less tasty for cats ...

November 30, 2018


Pan aonly one not more

June 29, 2019


Welke maat broek draagt ​​de muis?

July 11, 2019


Stuart Little?

July 11, 2019


I wrote "wears" and it is " is wearing". How do I know the diference??

August 11, 2019


Is 'draagen' the origin of 'drag queen'?

September 3, 2019


What is wrong with saying "The mouse wears pants"? Is it not the same thing as saying the mouse is wearing pants?

September 15, 2019


"De muis draagt een* broek" it's singular and not plural! -.- So that's: "The mouse wears a pant" and not "pants"!!! -.-'

November 15, 2015


"Broek" = "a pair of pants" not just "pant".

April 13, 2016


Oooh, it's equal shoes then...'' I couldn't know that xD Thanks, now I know it.

April 18, 2016


From what I have learned so far, I would say it is not similar to shoes. "Shoen" refers to one shoe, singular. "Shoenen" is either a pair of shoes or many shoes.

September 19, 2018


You are missing a c in "Schoen" and "Schoenen" ;-)

September 19, 2018


So I am - bedankt!

Aaaand I am unable to edit the comment. Hopefully the mistake will help others in the future, then. :)

September 19, 2018


Maybe it may not help...

March 3, 2019


See my answer to EdyLim1 above.

July 30, 2019


The answer seems not correct. Why een broek is translated as pants?? The correct translation should be a pant right?

July 29, 2019


There is no such noun in English as "pant". We either say "pants" or "a pair of pants". So the Dutch "broek" can be translated as just "pants" (or "trousers") or "a pair of pants/trousers". Other languages like French and German also use a singular noun (pantalon and Hose respectively) to mean one pair of pants. The plural forms of these nouns (broeken/pantalons/Hosen) refer to multiple pairs of pants, but confusingly can also be translated as just "pants".

A similar thing happens with glasses (as in spectacles, not the drinking vessels!). French and German (and I think Dutch) use a singular noun to mean one pair of glasses, and the plural noun to mean more than one pair.

Every language has different rules and their own peculiar quirks. This is one of the interesting ways that Dutch differs from English, even though it is one of our language's nearest relatives.

July 30, 2019


Could you use "De muis draagt een broek aan het

August 4, 2016


No, you cannot.

December 16, 2016
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