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"We willen geen kinderen."

Translation:We do not want children.

February 21, 2015



Why is "wij" incorrect?


I have the same question, that confused me too.


Wij is a correct, though if it is a type what you hear exercise only we is correct as the pronunciation is different.


Sorry guys, but i didn't understand the explanation about why is the "wij" form incorrect in this exercise. As far as I know, we use wij, zij, hij to describe something that is directly related to something that the specific person are doing or are in charge of. I mean, for example, "We willen geen kinderen" In this case I would understand that WE in general, WE general speaking in a group of people, do NOT want children. But, if we answer this question using the "wij" form just like "Wij willen geen kinderen", then I would understand that, for example, in this group of people we were talking about before, maybe 3 of them, for example, do NOT want children. As far as I studied Dutch on Duolingo, that's what I think I've learned. So, it's strange because, I have answered this exercise using the "wij" form, and it did return incorrect and then I came here. I don't know if I understood it right, but the mate "El2theK" talked about something like a different pronounciation of the phrase that is supposed to lead us to correct answer of the exercise. I have never noticed a difference between the pronunciation of these forms. So, if anyone can help... Thanks


In listening exercises you HAVE TO type EXACTLY what the lector says. In this case he said "we", so "wij" is incorrect.


what is the rule for using "geen" and "niet" to mean "no/not/don't"


geen is used with a non-specific object, both singular and plural or with uncountable nouns. It's as if you were talking in general. So if in the 'affirmative' version of the sentence we'd use een or no article whatsoever, we need to use geen. For example:

ik eet geen vlees

ik wil geen kopje koffie

ik wil geen suiker in mijn koffie

hij heeft geen boeken

niet is used to negate verbs and for specific objects. So, if before your object you have a definite article (de/het) or a possessive determiner (mijn, jouw, uw, zijn, haar, etc.), you need to use niet. For example:

ik weet het niet (negating a verb*

hij spreekt niet (negating a verb)

ik heb mijn boek niet

ze heeft de appel niet

we kopen de jurken niet

You also use niet to negate adjectives and adverbs (I think, mostly adverbs of frequency). In that case, you place it right before the adjective/adverb.

For more information, please read: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3734833



Hope this helps.


Thank you soooo much for this!!!


I dont know for sure but i think it is: geen is always used in the middle of the sentence whilst niet is always used in the end of the sentence


That's a reasonable hypothesis, but it doesn't hold. See MentalPinball's explanation, but also their links. Geen is never at the end of a sentence, because it always modifies a noun that has to come after it, but niet can appear in earlier position, in more complicated sentences than we're seeing at this point in the course.

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