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"Hvad er klokken?"

Translation:What is the time?

May 9, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

Reminds me of when I read the Hebrew translation of Pippi Longstockings back in elementary, and there was a scene in which two burglars play dumb (if I remember correctly) and say they just wanted to know what ‘the clock’ was, so she explains to them what a clock is. In Hebrew the term is ‘ma hasha‘á (מה השעה, ‘what is the hour’), but it said ‘what is the clock’ and explained the phrase in a footnote, and it really amused me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohiyn

I though tid was time and klokken was the bell. Am I missing something?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M.Ugatu

"tid" is time, whether a point in time or a period.

"klokken" is both 'the bell' and can also be used about a point in time.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karilighed

Det er eventyr tid! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/klisterable

Fun fact: in some dialects "Hvad klok' er det?" is perfectly fine to say. People from dialects that don't say this usually think it sounds dumb. My advice is to not say it...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vandemoerw12071

Can you also say: "How late is it?" (I'm not a native English speaker, my native language is Dutch)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/altersynd

You would certainly be understood, but that would not generally be said outside of specific circumstances ("I have a meeting tonight." "Okay, how late is it?" - even in this circumstance, it sounds a little weird).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzannaWaldorff

What time is it? Sådan har vi altid sagt


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snyder9704

I think "What is the bell?" should be an acceptable solution. While it is literal and the sentence is usually meant in a different sense, it is still a possible solution. For example, in a story, there could be a series of objects that look like one thing but are actually another. "The spoon is a salt shaker, the fork is a telephone, what is the bell?"

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