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"Er mag hier niet worden gedanst."

Translation:Dancing is not allowed here.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NirRL
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  • There may not be dancing here
  • Dancing is not allowed here
    These have two different meanings. Which is more accurate with this sentence in Dutch?
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2200Lucia60
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Hi NirRL. The second, I supposed. Although, "It is not allowed to dance here" should be accepted too in my opinion. At least, if English speakers consider it acceptable English (and I wonder why not). Cheers, Lu

2 years ago

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NirRL, I got help from Patrick Jay (French course), who wrote me this: [ In English the sentence "It is not allowed to dance here" is not a general prohibition. The "it" would referring to something specific. "That bear (it) is not allowed to dance here" (but you can dance here if you want) ] Two months ago, when I asked it, nobody clarified. Now I am glad to know where I had put wrong my reasoning. I am a Dutch speaker in fact, learning French and English. Nice day or evening to you, Lu.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alice.horrocks

Good explanation. I am Dutch Canadian, with a reasonable understanding of the Dutch language, and I find these passives in Dutch quite difficult to translate. There is often a greater difference in construction in order to get the right connotation in English. We tend to use passive rarely.

2 years ago

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True Alice. Passive forms need experience in using and feeling (experiencing) the Dutch or English we learn. Thank you for the "good explanation" but I won't take away the merit of Patrick Jaye, who explained me first! Best of luck with Duo! Lu.

2 years ago

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What about "It is not allowed to dance here"? Contributors, help me, thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/C_Ballard

How would you say "Dancing WAS not allowed here"? Thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DrBreakalot

"Er mocht hier niet worden gedanst"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/C_Ballard

Aha! That's what I was looking for. So "mocht" makes 'worden gedanst' past. I have a lot of trouble with this. Thanks for helping.

2 years ago