"She wiped his dry lips with water."

Translation:Ŝi viŝis liajn sekajn lipojn per akvo.

August 17, 2015


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I understand that "per" is a nicer translation but is "kun" utterly wrong to introduce the means to achieve something?

July 12, 2016


Why can't I use "akve" instead of "per akvo"?


It's true that Esperanto will often use an adverb where English will use a prepositional phrase, but it doesn't quite work in this case. My gut feeling (as a "veteran Esperanto speaker") is that the reason is that "akve" is too vague. Does it mean "with water", does it mean "in water", does it mean "in a watery way"? It's best to specify (using per) that it's by means of water.

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