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"Ik wil dat er gelachen wordt!"

Translation:I want there to be laughing!

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Binyann

I could not understand this sentence at all. The English translation is not even a passive voice....

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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There's no literal translation possible, since English doesn't have the impersonal passive voice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impersonal_passive_voice

I'm planning to rewrite the Tips Notes for this section sometime this week, that might make it a bit clearer.

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chocolateftd
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Perhaps a translation could be "I want there to be laughing". While this is less literal, the current correct answers seem unnatural to me and don't seem like correct English :/.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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Thanks, that's a good suggestion! I'm aware that a lot of the English translations in this section are unnatural. It's a difficult balance: if the structure of the translated sentences is wildly different, then it will also be confusing for new learners.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Binyann

Thanks a lot! That wiki page helps!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jk9786
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What about "I want there to be laughter" - Am I the only native speaker who thinks that would be far more natural thing to say than "I want there to be laughing"

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LauCo4
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That was my first instinct and I'm not even native! :)

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Reply11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rrbrambley
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I wrote "I hope that there will be laughing" because that sounds like the equivalent English. Marked wrong. Is there really a difference?

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
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To hope something is not the same as to want something.

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Reply1 year ago