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"What do the whales eat?"

Translation:Hvad spiser hvalerne?

June 17, 2015

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

... is the title of Ylvis b-side song.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pat211087

So how would I write in Danish 'What eats the whales?'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MJGraham939

I'm not a native Danish speaker and I certainly do not know the language well enough to answer your question. But I do believe that vagueness and ambiguity are part of all languages. So I wouldn't be entirely surprised if the answer to your question was "Hvad spiser hvalerne?"

Of course, as with any potential ambiguous utterance, you may, as a listener, have to ask for clarification. Or as a speaker you may clarify what you are saying by giving more information to the listener (e.g. "Hvad dyr spiser hvalerne?" ("What animals are eating the whales?"


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

Unamigously, you could say something like "Hvad er det, der spiser hvalerne?" or "Hvilket dyr er det, der spiser hvalerne?".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lesley229192

Can this also mean What eats the whales?

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