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"Я познакомился с хозяином дома год назад."

Translation:I met the owner of the house a year ago.

November 12, 2015



Why isn't "I met with the owner of the house a year ago." acceptable?


If by 'met with' you mean something like 'had a meeting/appointment with' (as opposed to making his acquaintance), that'd probably be я встретился с ...


This is a correct answer and this variant is acceptable now.


Why no "I got acquainted" ?

[deactivated user]

    I believe it should be accepted too. Please use the 'Report' button next time you get this sentence.


    Yes, it should be accepted. It was also my answer.


    "I met the owner of the home a year ago" - should be accepted, and reported


    What about Host?


    How can you tell this doesn't mean "I met the owner at home last year"? (e.g. supposing you're at a restaurant)

    [deactivated user]

      It’s a possible meaning.

      In speech, this would be distinguished by intonation (in your version, дома would receive more emphasis), but there is no real way to distinguish them in writing. But «хозяин дома» is a common phrase, so the meaning suggested by Duolingo is much more likely than yours.


      I met the landlord a year ago isn't accepted?


      "Landlord" would be "арендодáтель".


      I put "met the homeowner..." but after reading your comment I think maybe both of our answers are a little more specific than the Russian sentence. "Landlord" specifies a rental property, while "homeowner" has connotations that the owner lives there; it is his home, not just his house. I don't know for sure but I sense the Russian sentence is more neutral.


      How about "house owner"?


      Why is "i met the owner of the house last year" not acceptable


      Why do they not accept "I met the host of the house a year ago"?


      I think this choice should be accepted. Report it next time you will come across this task.


      Can I say year instead of (a) year ago


      Do you mean "I met the owner of the house year"? No, sorry. The word "ago" marks it as relative to the present, instead of some other time, e.g. "I met the owner of the house a year before I graduated".


      I met the host at home a year ago?


      The owner of a house is called the landlord. It should definitely be accepted!!


      Not necessarily. The owner of a house which is then let out for rent is called a landlord or a homeowner, but as a native speaker I've never heard landlord used to refer to someone who owns the house they themselves live in and do not let out for rent. So there is a small, but significant, difference in the terms.


      True but in this sentence you can assume the owner doesn't live in the house. If you meet someone living in his own house, you wouldn't refer to him as the owner.


      Again, not necessarily. I can imagine a scenario in which a house is on the market and you meet the owner as a prospective buyer. Or you work in the insurance industry and are assessing a claim, altering a policy, etc. It can't safely be assumed. That aside, I don't know whether or not that sort of nuance between landlord and homeowner exists in Russian and, if it does, where хозяин would fall. We'd have to find a native Russian speaker to chime in


      Thanks for expanding my understanding of the English terminology. Now, as you say, what's missing is the corresponding Russian clarifications!


      My dictionary defines landlord (owner of a house or flat) as хозяин.


      "owner of the house" is acceptable but "the house's owner" isn't? What garbage.


      Although it's more common in English to use "of" with inanimate objects, your version should be accepted. It's a legitimate complaint.

      But I have a couple of questions:
      (a) You're continually posting complaints with language that is offensive, like "What garbage". Are you fluent in English?
      (b) If you are fluent and know the connotations of what you're saying, you must really hate this course - why on EARTH are you still here, complaining?

      The course has faults, and it's frustrating that it takes a long time to fix them. But I'm very grateful it's here at all, that volunteer contributors and moderators have done this work. See also https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32967119 . And abuse doesn't usually motivate people; quite the opposite.

      PS: Duolingo has rules on respectful commenting. Please follow them. https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines

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