"Drengen gik og skrev på sin telefon."

Translation:The boy was writing on his phone.

3 years ago

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Imagine how silly this sentence would have been 30 years ago...

3 years ago

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Does this mean something like "He was texting?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RidderJakob

Yes, it can mean both that he is texting, but also that he is literally writing something on his phone with a pen.

But it's most likely to be understood as texting

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brighton2

Is there another way of referring to texting?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RidderJakob

I can only think of the unformal way: "Han sms'er" (He smss)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BethKessel

It accepted "texting" for me

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fencewalke

'the boy wrote on his telephone' got corrected to 'the boy was texting on his telephone' - should my answer be correct?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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This lesson here is about the Danish progressive construction, which you can see at the use of "at gå og..." So your sentence should use the English progressive form, too. "The boy was writing on his telephone."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JE_Taylormade

Is there a firm rule whe you should use "sidder og" etc.? Or is it a matter of memorization

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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No firm rule. Just pick what's currently happening (he's walking while texting in this case) or what makes general sense (so not something like "hun sidder og svømmer").

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Barbara.Balazs

For me the transalation is not clear. Why we do not translate the "gik" as went.. It should be obvious.. Anyway..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/potatoemouse

I’m only learning myself, but I think it is because although ‘gik’ and ‘skrev’ are past tense, ‘gik og skrev’ (like går og skriver) is a fixed phrase that emphasises that it is a progressive action. He was in the process of writing, you could say.

4 months ago
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