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"Is dry cake normal?"

Translation:Ĉu seka kuko estas normala?

September 18, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AcerMapleB

Is "Cxu seka kuko normalas" acceptable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Novantico

I put ĉu estas which I know wasn't needed, but is it really completely wrong to include?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

What's the whole sentence?

"Ĉu estas seka kuko estas normala?" ? You can't put two "estas" into the sentence like that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Novantico

That's not what I meant. I feel like it should be okay to say "Ĉu estas seka kuko normala?" with one only estas, at the beginning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

That should be acceptable, but it's unusual word order in my experience, and might be misleading ("garden-pathing") since I would understand "Ĉu estas seka kuko?" as meaning "Is there any dry cake?" and then suddenly there comes a "normala" and I have to re-parse the sentence to have the estas not existential but copular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/k1r4e

I did it this way, and it was counted correct.


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    Do we always need to add "cxu" before every close-ended question?

    Can "Estas seka kuko normala?" be accepted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmanuel_Almazan

    You can't depend on the rising intonation for questions since not all languages have it, so that might be the only way to know it is a question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oishlam

    I think people may interpret it as "It is a dry, normal cake" due to Espearnto's lax word order.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmanuel_Almazan

    If that were the case, my first thought to understand this sentence would be: Is there a normal dry cake? XD haha


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mariusbc26

    Can malstranga be a synonym of normala?

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