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"What is the total quantity of gas in the bottle?"

Translation:Wat is de totale hoeveelheid gas in de fles?

3 years ago

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Based on this sentence I presume that native speakers don't use 'het hoeveelheid van gas', right?

Then, can I ask when to use van to suggest possession and when not?

3 years ago

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You can always use "van" to suggest possession :) However: "quantity of ..." is not a possessive phrase, it indicates....... quantity! Cf. "amount of ..." or "group of ..."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wei-Da

I'm still not completely clear about this issue. However I do thank you for you input, it's been helpful to me. I guess what you mean was that just like we do not put "van" in "twee glasjes wijn", "the amount of gas" also needs no "van" to connect the unit and the entity.

3 years ago

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oh but I think you do understand :-) and you're right: in English it's [unit] + "of" + [entity]; in Dutch it's [unit] + [entity].

3 years ago