Which is the right word order for this sentence?

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Which is the right word order for this sentence?

Post by hmushtaq » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:27 pm

I write the equivalent of "I have come for the bicycle that you advertised on maarkplaats" in dutch, like this.

ik ben gekomen voor de fiets die u op marktplaats geadverteerd.

But when I do google translation for "I have come for the bicycle that you advertised on maarkplaats", it gives me this.

Ik ben gekomen voor de fiets die u geadverteerd op maarkplaats.

Which one is correct and why?

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Re: Which is the right word order for this sentence?

Post by Joke » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:13 pm

hmushtaq wrote:I write the equivalent of "I have come for the bicycle that you advertised on marktplaats" in dutch, like this.

ik ben gekomen voor de fiets die u op marktplaats hebt geadverteerd.

But when I do google translation for "I have come for the bicycle that you advertised on maarkplaats", it gives me this.

Ik ben gekomen voor de fiets die u hebt geadverteerd op marktplaats.

Which one is correct and why?
Both are correct, provided that you add 'hebt'. Dutch prefers the perfect tense here. Google probably makes this mistake because the past tense and the participle of the verb advertise are the same in English (advertised).

In the basis word order, verbs go at the and of the sentence, but it is often possible to move one of the parts of the sentence to the end, after the verbs. Prepositional phrases, like 'op Marktplaats' are especially likely to show this behaviour. But it is also ok to leave this part in its original place before the verbs as you did in you first sentence.

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Re: Which is the right word order for this sentence?

Post by hmushtaq » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:16 pm

Thanks. Guess the google translator for dutch needs to be improved :)!

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