"The bird does not speak."

Translation:De vogel spreekt niet.

3 years ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LaPirocque
LaPirocque
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Poor Duo, hard work teaching languages to people, then.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madisonviger

Why would spreekt come before niet?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ailaGb

I think the Dutch grammar prefers structures like "It speaks not". Much like how "I'm not sorry" is sort of "It spites me not"

(I'm a noob though so maybe not)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnJohnNL
JohnJohnNL
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You are right! An exception are subordinate clauses, e.g. «Ik weet dat ik niet gek ben». The thought conveyed in this sentence is «Ik ben niet gek»

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NerysGhemor

This...is an EX-PARROT!!! >:-(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flori841485

Why in some cases they use "niet", and in others "geen"?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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geen is used to negate an unspecified Direct Object. For more information, please read this article (it's about 2 or 3 pages long): http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=WordOrder.47

3 months ago
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