"The book is orange, violet, and yellow."

Translation:La libro estas oranĝkolora, violkolora kaj flava.

September 5, 2015

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Why do some colors have "Kolora" in the name and others do not? I could understand orange to differentiate from the fruit, but I do not understand the reasoning for purple or pink.


Purple can also be purpura. Violkolora literally means the color of a violet (the flower).

There isn't a word for pink, so it's rozkolora (the color of a rose). This can be a bit confusing as roses come in many many colors, so just remember the English phrase "rose colored glasses", which specifically means pink.


One can also use ruĝeta, or just roza, for pink. One can also determine an object of a particular shade and name any color that way: Urskolora, ĉielkolora, turdovkolora, bierkolora, brikkolora, banankolora, Fredkolora, Siavelkolora, KTP.


“roza” would be the adjective from “rozo”. Therefore you have to say “rozkolora”.


That's really only the case if there is a possibility of confusion. "Those roses are yellow and pink" Tiuj rozoj estas flavaj kaj rozkoloraj comes to mind, but, "the sunset is all blue and pink!" La sunsubiro estas plene blua kaj roza! would not be an occasion to think that there are blue roses in the sunset.

One of the constituent elements of what makes a rose a rose is it's color. In several European languages that color is expressed as some form of "Roza". In fact, I have no idea where the English word "pink" even came from.



Ha, mi pardonpetas. Ŝajnas, ke vi ĝustas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink


I was answering the 'where does the word "pink" come from' question there, not weighing in on the roza/rozkolora debate.


pink: definition from Dictionary.com: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/pink (there's also detailed section about it's origin).


Are they trying to trick us into typing "Flavkolora"?


im dense, what could that mean?


oranĝkolora is the color of oranges, so flavkolora would be the color of yellow. redundant.


I vote we remove "kolora" from the end of the words that unnecessarily contain it lol


So the book would be a fruit, a flower and yellow?


Is this where the ending vowel helps clarify? Oranĝo = an orange (noun); oranĝa = orange-colored (adjective). Although what we call in English an "orange blossom" is not an orange-colored flower, but rather the flower of a an orange tree (again, not an orange-colored tree, but a tree which bears fruits called oranges.) Ending vowel and context, perhaps are the clues that help.


Lol whoops. Didn't think about that!


What is the root language of flava?


Believe it or not, Latin. Flavus = "yellow, flaxen, or blonde"


Why is "La libro estas oranĝkolora, purpura kaj flava" wrong? I thought purpura and violkolora were the same.


Did you report it?


Yes. Was reporting it good or bad?


Always good. It's how we tell the people manning the database where they need to find, and fix, glitches.


It is so sad that Esperanto doesn't have the oxford comma :(


Nothing says that you can't still use it, if you choose.

Punctuation in Esperanto is a bit more lax than it is in English, or German, or… but that doesn't mean that we can't still use what we feel are the best parts from other languages'.


The Oxford comma is required by certain academic styles rather than by English as a language. Unless you are writing a paper or academic article, it is purely optional. Why would a different language require it?


It is a very logical an elegant bit of grammar. It is very simple yet removes some possible ambiguity. For that reason, it should have been required in Esperanto.


I could see it being a good idea if there would otherwise be ambiguity, but that isn't often the case. Like I said, it is a stylistic choice rather than a grammar rule, and even in English there are styles that forbid it, like AP style. Outside of the US it is almost never used in non academic writing. English is the only source language for Esperanto that doesn't forbid the general usage of serial commas.


It may be ambiguous at times, so why ask people to think whether or not it is ambiguous? Just require it at all times. It keeps it simple. There is no reason this couldn't be the rule in Esperanto. I hate when this comma is dropped. It just looks bad and does have the effect of making me think something is going to come next, just to find a period.


Zamenhof was a bit (perhaps too) lackadaisical in laying out the rules for punctuation in Esperanto. Perhaps because he knew that people would be coming to this language from many different linguistic traditions and mindsets. As I said earlier, if you wish to use it, you may. but someone raised in, say, Arabic or Chinese may not have the same sense of ambiguity that you do. Requiring that a comma be placed at a certain location will, for a considerable fraction of writers, result in too many commas in too many places, and thus intensifying, rather than alleviating, the ambiguity.

I hope that this helps you, and isn't too ambiguous.


Why isn't it "La libro estas oranĝkoloras, violkoloras kaj flavas"? I thought the suffix as was for present tense


If you didn't says "estas", your sentence would be more understandable.


For verbs. Adjectives don’t need tense.

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