12 Most Incorrectly Answered Questions on Learn Practice
Do you know the correct answers to these questions? Did you make these mistakes on Learn Practice?
As the founder of Learn Practice, I use some statistics to improve the site. One of those statistics is the most incorrectly answered questions.
Sometimes, I add extra information to a question like an explanation or an example. In other cases, I don't see a way to improve it at all.
I hope the list I share today will benefit you.
Do you think a question on Learn Practice can be improved? Take a screenshot and email it to me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll look into it and improve it if possible. I'll get back to you with feedback in either case.
1. Het lidwoord van sap
This is one of the simplest and most fundamental words in Dutch. Yet, 4 out of 5 users answer this question incorrectly. The correct answer is "het."
2. Pork in Dutch
There are two challenges with this question.
First, the correct answer is a combined word, varkensvlees. Second, some users confuse pork with pig and answer it with "varken."
When the correct answer of a question involves more than one word or it is a combined word, the chances to make a mistake increase exponentially.
Some incorrect answers in that category are varkenvlees, verkensvlees, varkenvles, and verkenvlees.
To prevent the confusion between pork and pig, I added an explanation to the question: Pork (noun, the flesh of a pig) in Dutch.
3. "A dozen eggs" in Dutch
The goal of this question is to use the word "dozijn" in a phrase.
Some people use the word "twaalf," which has the same meaning, but it isn't the word we are looking for here.
Some users confuse duizend with dozijn. Duizend means thousand, not dozen.
Then again, we have all kinds of typos in the words dozijn and eieren.
Overall, I think this is a good question to learn a simple and fundamental phrase in Dutch. So, don't worry if you answer this question incorrectly. Just, study it and try to answer it correctly the next time.
4. Het lidwoord van knoflook
Most of the Dutch words have either de or het as their article. In some exceptional cases, they have de and het. That's why we have the third option de/het in the questions on articles.
5. Orange (noun, a round juicy citrus fruit) in Dutch
Again a fundamental word in Dutch with a combined word as the correct answer. That results in multiple ways to answer it incorrectly.
The correct answer is sinaasappel.
7 out of 10 users answer this question incorrectly. Incorrect answers include the following categories.
- Typos of sinaasappel.
- Oranje and its typos, which refer to the color and not to the fruit.
- Other fruits: appel, citroen.
- Users who try to translate the explanation or the example instead of the word itself.
6. Het meervoud van thee
This is a legitimately hard question. It is a challenging question even for native speakers.
The correct answer is "theeën."
This is why you need to use a good spellchecker like Language Tool.
7. Weekly in Dutch
This is another basic word that 7 out of 10 answered incorrectly.
The correct answer is "wekelijks."
There is only one 'e' in the first syllable. You can read why in Dutch Spelling Basics.
8. Het meervoud van pompelmoes
The correct answer is "pompelmoezen."
If 7 out of 10 users had studied the Dutch Spelling Basics, they wouldn't answer it incorrectly. Yet, it's never too late. So, go ahead and read that post now!
9. The Dutch word for "one and a half"
Unfortunately, there isn't always a one-to-one translation between a phrase in English and Dutch. That's why I sometimes give explanations, examples, and clues in the questions.
The clue here is "the Dutch word." So, the answer is a single word, though a combined one, anderhalf.
I get why 7 out of 10 answer this incorrectly, and I hope this question will help them learn a Dutch phrase that doesn't have a one-to-one translation in English.
10. Billion in Dutch
Unfortunately, the standards in English and Dutch differ when it comes to numbers above a million.
Billion refers to thousand million in English. Biljoen refers to million times million in Dutch.
So, when someone talks about a billion in English, they refer to 1.000.000.000. The Dutch word for that is miljard.
I added an explanation to this question and made it "Billion (noun, number 1.000.000.000) in Dutch."
11. Drink (noun, beverage) in Dutch
This is a question where 3 out of 5 users answer incorrectly. Some users confuse it with the verb, drinken. Others try to translate the example instead of the word.
The correct answer is drank.
12. Fourteenth (14th) in Dutch
I admit that this is a hard one. Fourteen is translated as veertien. Then, you have to conjugate it correctly as veertiende. So, there are two places where you can make a mistake.
Luckily, there's Learn Practice so that you can learn and practice such intricacies of the Dutch language.
This was a long but hopefully a beneficial post for you. It summarizes the challenges of learning Dutch. First, you have to learn the rules. Then, you have to learn the words, phrases, and usages that don't fit any of those rules.
In either case, solve quizzes on Learn Practice for at least 15 minutes a day, so that you can practice both cases.
Don't worry if the questions are too hard for you or if you make mistakes. Keep solving quizzes and review your incorrect answers in your profile. Soon, you'll build a basic vocabulary and upgrade your grammar.
Founder of Learn Practice
- Dutch Spelling Basics
- Rules for Articles in Dutch
- Are the Questions on Learn Practice Too Hard for You?
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.