"Er zijn weinig slachtoffers."

Translation:There are not many victims.

3 years ago

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Vortarulo
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Are slachtoffers only victims of murder or other bloody deeds, or could one be a slachtoffer of theft or circumstances? I ask, because the word seems to be composed of two parts meaning "slaughter" and "offer" (or "victim"), literally. From a German perspective this sounds like an animal sacrifice slaughtered and offered to the gods.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sander_N

As a Norwegian, I was thinking the same thing. It seems a bit... extreme to use this expression about non-bloody crimes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggished
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I was wondering the same, so I looked up some dictionaries and found phrases like "het slachtoffer worden van een bedrieger" (become the victim of a scammer) and even "slachtoffer van 1-aprilgrap" (victim of an April Fools joke)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/csharpmajor

Maybe it was one hell of an April fool's joke ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Do you know the etymology of 'victim'?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnneAmanda

From Latin "victima" ("a sacrificial animal"). Thank you, Wiktionary.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Which makes Vortarulo's comment a bit meaningless.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark958555
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Except that in German, which is obviously closely related, we have both "Opfer" (victim in general) and "Schlachtopfer" (murdered or slain victim). But apparently Dutch uses Slachtoffer for both.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/metroappelsap

The word 'slachtoffer' is used in the entire range from teasing to accidents, to a violent crime. If the victim died, it's usually a 'dodelijk slachtoffer' (deadly victim, not idiomatic in English) to make more of a distinction.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leengteacher
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Why not 'weinige' slachtoffers?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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"Weinig" and "veel" are exceptions, in that they do not normally get the -e at the end, like regular adjectives would. You would only see "weinige" after a definite article, which is not that common:

  • De weinige slachtoffers ... - The few victims ...
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leengteacher
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Right! Great explanation! Thank you so much for the help.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3omarz
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Why is "there are a few victims" wrong?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/itkoi
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I'm not an expert but I think that would be "Er zijn een paar slachtoffers"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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Because that is translated as Er zijn enkele slachtoffers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/itkoi
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"There are little victims"?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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'Little' is used for uncountable nouns, like water. 'Few' is used for countable nouns. So:

  • Little water
  • Few victims
11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kirshner1
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There are a few victims is marked wrong

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NL-Love

Because it is "There are few victims" not "a few". They do not portray the same thing.

If I say "I have few friends who are willing to help me" and "I have a few friends who are willing to help me" They don't mean the same thing. The first sentence indicates not many people I know would help me if need be. The second sentence indicates I know at least 2 or 3, maybe more, people that I could depend on.

Hope that makes the difference a bit more clear

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyF056

waarom is there are a few victims verkeerd??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
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= er zijn een paar slachtoffers.

1 year ago
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