"Ĉu la komencanto havas akvon?"

Translation:Does the beginner have water?

August 22, 2015

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Water is only for advanced users. Komencantoj, drink beer instead.


hey it should be the opposite


What about me? I'm a kid and a komencanto.


No beer for goats or kittens.


need some help here guys please. I wrote Do the begginer has water? but was marked wrong, why it not accepted?


Because in English you can't say it like that, so Duolingo got confused and marked you wrong.


Funny how actually you get an answer wrong because of lack of attention in English (instead of Esperanto) Also, the reason why it's "have" not "has" is because the -s showed up before in "Does" (3rd person singular transformation)


Why does "is the beginner having water" not work for this sentence? Don't they mean the same thing? It's still a yes or no question.


Why is "Is the beginner having water?" incorrect?


They don't mean the same thing in English. Does the beginner have water is literally asking if he has water to use or to give out. Is the beginner having water implies that they're drinking water only.


i used cxu and it got counted wrong for that


I am native portuguese speaker and this sentence makes no sense to me...


The sentence has no context, so while it is a proper sentence, it makes little sense. Maybe this could be used for an athlete, or for a person working outside, where it would be important to stay hydrated. And someone who is just starting out might not remember to bring their own water.


this esperanto course if full of sentences like this that make you want to fill in the background. i've always imagined la komencanto refers to the new lerner of the language. for this sentence, i picture a nerves beginner standing with a mic in hand in front of advanced speakers trying to make a speech as part of an initiation ritual. (i like to imagine the esperanto community as some weird cult.)


Or maybe he is a beginner of a new course, new at the building and does not know where to get water yet, so the instructor wants to make sure everyone has their water.


The pronounciation is very bad, it is impossible to hear the distinct words


You've been saying this a lot. See link.


I hate this question so much that id rather go to prison for 20 years


The reader really said I am speed. I am glad that I didn't get the type what you hear.


I am Russian, I really want to study Esperanto. To be honest, the word havas , very similar to the Russian word eat. Or rather, a more crude form of " Хавать "))


Why is "Is the beginner having water" not correct?


this is incorrect english


I wouldn't argue that it's incorrect. It's just that you'd need to come up with a plausible context where you would use the progressive form. Personally, I can't think of one - except if we understand "having" to mean "ordering" or "drinking" -- which probably wouldn't apply here because of the Esperanto sentence.


There are several good reasons to use the simple present in English here. "To have" in the sense "to possess" is almost never in the progressive tense in English because "having" something is considered a more or less permanent state, not a progressive action.

That said -- I usually tell people just to report the sentence if they're marked wrong for using progressive. More detail here:


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