"Één kind is genoeg."

Translation:One child is enough.

March 31, 2015



Props to Duolingo for helping prevent overpopulation.

September 4, 2015


Is over-population a concern in developed countries?

March 18, 2016


Not usually. "Replacement population" is much more of a reality in populated countries. That means 1 couple - 2 (surviving) children. If that was constant across the world, then the population would remain exactly the same. Underdeveloped countries tend to have more children per couple due to things like high infant mortality, sexism/patriarchy, etc.

May 27, 2016


Yeah! I guess Duo is trying to reduce an owercrowded society)) such an agressive policy from a friendly bird!

December 23, 2015


'prevent' implies its not happened yet. I'd go for 'stem'.

September 5, 2015


The one-child-only law just changed in China - Duolingo making a political statement? ;-)

October 30, 2015


My oldest sister's thought.

November 20, 2016


Shouldn't this be written as Eén? A strange little thing I seem to remember seeing.

Mid-sentence it is of course één.

April 14, 2015


According to this website you are right. If "één" is at the start of the sentence the capitalised e loses its accent. Though personally I think it's just a minor technicality.

April 14, 2015


It's the same in French: accents are optional on uppercase letters.

July 6, 2015


That is not true in French at least. Accents should be used on uppercases in French, but many French persons wrongly think that they are not needed. It comes from the days of typewriters when typing uppercases with accents was difficult. There is no excuse with computers nowadays to omit uppercase. Accentuated uppercases are recommended by L'Académie française: http://www.academie-francaise.fr/questions-de-langue#5_strong-em-accentuation-des-majuscules-em-strong

I can't tell whether it's the same for Dutch though.

September 18, 2016


The accents in Dutch are optional, it just indicates you how to pronounce it. You don't pronounce "één" and "een" the same. I am Belgian and that's what my Dutch teachers always told me. And you're right; many French-speakers think that accentuated uppercases are not needed but they're wrong. That's not a big mistake though ;)

November 15, 2017


They are recommended, but hardly anyone uses them. :$

July 9, 2019


Thanks, that's a nice source there :)

April 14, 2015


Give that child a sibling!

May 20, 2016


And that's why the Dutch population is small. It must be nice to live there!

April 4, 2016


Actually the Netherlands is the most densely populated country in Europe...

April 4, 2016


Actually, it's not. The most densely populated country in Europe is Monaco 18,713 /km2; the Netherlands is 5th with 407.44 /km2

April 4, 2016


Dank je!

April 8, 2016


Yes, after I wrote this, I did read about this fact, but dankjewel anyways :D

April 4, 2016


That's what China said

August 16, 2018


I dont understand why the answer is 1 child? Why not a child?

March 31, 2015

  • één = one
  • een = a/an

Een and één are also pronounced differently.

March 31, 2015


Is this always the rule? I'm Norwegian and we use the same difference between one and a/an, and you should always use the accent when you're talking about one. I asked my Dutch boyfriend about this and he said you don't really have to use the accents unless there might be confusion about wether it could be one or a. So when you count in Dutch you can use een as 1. Was wondering if anyone knew if this is true.

July 23, 2017


If it's clear it's a number you can use een, though één is always one. For clarity in the course the rule in Susande's post is used.

July 23, 2017


how does pronunciation differ from een?

June 27, 2015


Een, ən. Eén, e:n. Region dependent.

July 6, 2015



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