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Havi x enhavi

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Hello... I have a question about a sentence, but since another user asked and has no answer, I'll post here.

In the sentence "my mobile phone has a screen", why should I use "havas", instead of "enhavas"? The latter makes more sense to me, intuitively (it doesn't seem to have the same kind of possession as in "mi havas libron").

Dankon! :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/johmue

"enhavi ion" is more like english "to contain something" in the sense that a book or some kind of -- well -- container contains a contents.

"havi" is quite general and can not only mean posession. Also like "Mi havas ideon." "Mi havas kapdoloron."

You would also say "Mi havas du manojn." and your hands are not your possessions but a part of you like the screen is part of your phone.

To clearly indicate a possession use the verb "posedi ion".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HakeemEvrenoglu
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Hmm... yeah, it made sense now. Thank you very much :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Enhavas means "contains" as in it has a space that can be filled. Havas implies possession as I have that, it belongs to me. Maybe I'm not correct but that's how I understand it. =]

2 years ago

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This one was my first thought... but I preferred not to take it for granted to see what other people here thought. With johmue's answer too now it is clear. :)

Thank you very much!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salapls
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More verbs which work like that:

iri= to go.

eniri= to enter

eliri= to go out

veni=to come

alveni= to arrive

This is very germanic. (kommen and ankommen, to come and to arrive)

2 years ago

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Oh, I see... :D

Thank you!

2 years ago