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"Se mi havus tempon, mi povus ensaluti."

Translation:If I had time, I could log in.

2 years ago



Mi cxiam havas tempon por vi, Duolingo!

2 years ago


I'm noticing that I'm rustier in English grammar than I am in Esperanto grammar lol. Now I'm wondering, how do you say: "If I have time, I will be able to log in" if both clauses must agree with each other in using the conditional?

2 years ago


Really good question.

I'm not sure, but i don't think that sentence needs the conditional tense. The only condition you must state is "Se"; "povi" need not be in conditional tense: "Se mi havos tempon, mi povos ensaluti."

Notice in the Tips & Notes, that the non-real, or hypothetical, scenarios described depend on an alternate reality, since the matter has actually happened (ie, in the present or past tense) and the options for alternatives have already expired. Only in the future--by its nature--is the non-real eventually realizable, and thus all estimations of future events might be considered "conditional"...but for that we already have a tool: the future tense. It might be easier to see if you switch the sentence order: "I will be able to log in, if I have time".

Alternatively, you could attach "time adverbs" for a future time to a conditional tense: "Se mi havus tempon poste, mi tiam povus ensaluti"

Can someone please check this?

2 years ago


Duolingo always counts me wrong when I type "login" versus "log in". Duo seems to prefer the "log in".

2 years ago


As a compound word, like "ensaluti", "login" is easy to mistake superficially as being an analogy of the former. But "(to) log in" (again, like "ensaluti") is also like a compound; whether combined as one word or written as several, compounds function as one unit. Both forms are compounds, even though one looks more like the combined form "ensaluti". So, why is log in right and login wrong?

A login is a(n abstract) thing (x): the PROCESS of accessing a website (via an account). So, it is the really the analogy of "ensalutO". To "log in" is to do an action. You can think of it as TO CAUSE (x).

Duo is correct. :)

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TL;DR version: "login" as one word is a noun; "log in" as two words is the verb.

1 year ago


How does one say, "If I had had time, I could have logged in."

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It seems very picky between could/would.

8 months ago