"Mi ne povis ridi nek plori."

Translation:I could neither laugh nor cry.

September 22, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Gresillon.org

I prefer the more proprer form: Mi povis nek ridi nek plori Your form is ok, but sounds like a translation

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cliff900

I think I prefer the form you mentioned as well. This was one of the first things I learned in Esperanto - "nek ... nek" = "neither ... nor" - along with "kaj ... kaj" = "both ... and."

April 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Q-Allat

In that case, wouldn't the English sentence say "I could neither laugh now cry"?

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gresillon.org

Both forms are possible, but the second one is standard:

I could not laugh nor cry. Mi ne povis ridi nek plori.
I could neither laugh nor cry. Mi povis nek ridi nek plori.

December 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamScott794079

Yeh.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nvirjskly

I was a bit confused as to why there is only one "nek" in this sentence. I thought that they had to come in pairs or more.

According to PMEG, this usage here is indeed correct.

http://bertilow.com/pmeg/gramatiko/neado.html#i-nzv

"Nek" can be proceeded with any ne-* word, thus not requiring two "nek"

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/R_R1234

Cxu strigoj povas ridi? aux plori?...

June 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kdhy11

The English is a bad translation. However the sentence is rendered in Esperanto (I leave that to the experts) "not . . . nor" is simply incorrect English grammar. The (idiomatic, fixed) choices are "neither . . . .nor . . ." (negative, as here); and "either ... or. . . " (positive, for situations of that nature). Native English speakers do muck this up, but like most idiomatic constructions, this is what we have for options. ("not . . . neither . . ." would be equally flawed).

There's no way to report this: "The English sentence is incorrect" is not among the (three only) choices available.

December 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiNonym

Ĝi estis malbone filmo.

February 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brunofrra

Jes, gxi estis ege meh.

August 7, 2017
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