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"Het eten is goed."

Translation:The food is good.

April 7, 2015



Fun fact:

In spanish, the word "comida" (food) happens to be the past participle of the verb "comer" (to eat). So it is possible for spanish speakers to form the sentece "Nosotros comemos comida" (We eat food), but if we translate it literally, it would be "We eat eaten" which sounds almost exactly like one of this sentences in dutch.

Just something I found interesting.


So to say "I eat food" is "Ik eten eten".


No, it should be "Ik eet eten."


what is the difference between de and het?


Have a read through this, should clear up things: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3732938


Like in German - essen: to eat, das Essen: the food; it's very similar to the german language. I am native german speaker


There's also a town called Essen, which is very unusual.


What do you find unusual about that? (Probably related to ash trees.)


A town called Food?


It would be unusual if it literally had been named Food and I understand how you might get that impression. But place names like this, which seem to mean one everyday thing but actually are derived from something completely different, aren't all that uncommon in general. Just think of English places with "ham", for instance – haha, gammon, how unusual... – no, homestead.


How do you know when eten and eet is actually food and meal?


"Eet" is only part of the conjugation of "eten".

"Ik eet" - "Jij/Je/U eet" - "Hij/Zij/Ze eet"

"Eten" in combination with "Wij/We" - "Jullie" - "Zij/Ze", is part of the conjugation of "eten"

"Het eten" = "The food"

"Zij eten (het) eten" - "They eat (the) food"

"Ik eet de banaan" - "I eat the banana"

"Wij hebben (het) eten" - "We have (het) food"

It is possible to say: "Eten wij eten?" - "Do we eat food?", though you will come across that as often as you come across a sentence like that in English.


In very colloquial English, "eats" is sometimes used as a mass noun for "food," such as in Dairy Queen's slogan, "Hot eats, cool treats." Think of the noun "eten" as the exact same thing as that slogan.


I'm gonna use this sentence every day from now on.

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