"Ő lány, ő pedig fiú."

Translation:She is a girl, and he is a boy.

July 1, 2016



Should 'on the other hand' be accepted too for pedig?

July 2, 2016


Yes, absolutely.

July 3, 2016


Can anybody explain all the ways of saying "and" in Hungarian?

July 1, 2016

  • És - Lists (X, Y és Z)
  • Meg - The same as "És". Also means "Plus". (Te meg én; Egy meg kettő három)
  • Pedig - "And" in the sense of "However"; "Whereas" (Én görög vagyok, te pedig albán vagy - "I am Greek and/whereas/however you are Albanian).

Any other Hungarian speakers - feel free to add onto this.

July 1, 2016


haha, i'm afraid it's not enough to be a native hu speaker to explain it. maybe a hu teacher would be able to do it. :D especially that many times they are used... let's say not totally correct in the everyday spoken language. "és", "meg" and "pedig" are conjunctions, often used in the same or similar meaning, and also often used together (sometimes it's a mistake, sometimes it's only a kind of repetition). "és" and "meg" express connection "pedig" expresses (should express) contrast

but i'm not a hu teacher, only a native speaker, so... :D

July 3, 2016


Well, this is a classic "lost in translation" situation. You have to look at it from the source, the "richer" side. In this case it is the Hungarian. (In the other direction, the English "he/she" is the obvious example. The gender gets lost when translating into the gender-neutral Hungarian "ő".)

It is not "and" in Hungarian, and it is not meant to be "and" in the translation. But when you don't have the matching word/phrase/structure/usage on the other side, you go for the closest acceptable solution.

The simple Hungarian "and", "és", translates directly to the English "and". There is no problem there that I can see.

But several, totally different, words also end up as "and" in the translation. There may be a more accurate translation but sometimes it is just too much trouble, why bother, etc. "And" is close enough. These are the ones we have seen here so far:

"Meg" (in the role of "and") - this is simple, very much just a synonym of "és". Perhaps a less sophisticated cousin of it. Incidentally, it also means "plus". And sometimes we can also use "plus" in English, in place of "and". Right?

"Pedig" / "meg" ("meg" is also a synonym of this usage - but here it definitely does NOT mean "plus") - many times it ends up being translated into a simple "and". It connects opposing or different statements. "Én lány vagyok, te pedig/meg fiú vagy" - can be translated into "I am a girl and you are a boy", without losing too much. But a more accurate translation would be "(and) .. on the other hand". I am a boy, (and) you, on the other hand, are a girl.

A similar situation is when the "pedig" clause just negates the first statement for the other subject, without offering an alternative: "Én lány vagyok, te pedig nem." In English: "I am a girl and you are not".

"Nem pedig" - this introduces a negated statement that contradicts the previous statement. It easily translates to "and not". "Te fiú vagy, nem pedig férfi". "You are a boy and not a man". Here, we can NOT replace "pedig" with "meg". But even in Hungarian, "nem pedig" can be replaced with "és nem" ("and not"). "Te fiú vagy, és nem férfi."

"Hanem" - this one does NOT translate to "and" but let me list it here because it is interesting how a "nem pedig" sentence can be transformed into a "hanem" sentence. "Hanem" means "but rather" or "but instead".


(Statement 1) is true AND NOT (Statement 2)

I am a girl AND NOT a boy. - Lány vagyok, NEM PEDIG fiú.

Transformed into a "hanem" sentence:

(Statement 2) is not true BUT INSTEAD (Statement 1) is true.

I am not a boy, BUT INSTEAD (I am) a girl. - Nem lány vagyok, HANEM fiú (vagyok).

And there is one more that I can think of right now. It is: "viszont". I don't think it regularly translates to "and", but it is possible.

"Viszont" - I think this is stronger alternative for "pedig" (Not to be used in "nem pedig"). Here we want to emphasize the differences, not just state them. Many times there is a difference of quality between the two statements. So it means something like "on the contrary" or "in contrast". Compare these two sentences:

Én lány vagyok, te pedig fiú vagy. - I am a girl, and you are a boy. Or: I am a girl (and) you, on the other hand, are a boy.

Én lány vagyok, te viszont (igazi) nő vagy! - I am a girl but you, you are a (real) woman! Expressing a difference in "quality".

It goes both ways, from lesser to more or vice versa:

Én férfi vagyok, te viszont (csak) egy fiú vagy. - I am a man, but/and you are only a boy.

July 3, 2016


Thanks a lot for the clear and comprehensible explanation! :)

December 19, 2017


Don't forget about "bezeg" and "bizony" which mean certainly and can also be used in some of these situations, usually with much added drama.

July 7, 2016


Oh, that "bezzeg" (with double "z") and "bizony" are too much drama for the beginners... You're meddle with the fabric of reality here! ;) Bezzeg ha már haladó vagy, bizony ismerned kell majd ezeket is! ;) :D

July 7, 2016


Thanks for the generous text, just I have noticed small mistake in writing when you wrote "I am not a boy, BUT INSTEAD (I am) a girl. - Nem lány vagyok, HANEM fiú (vagyok)........ it should be "nem fiú vagyok, hanem lány (vagyok).

June 1, 2018


Just when you think Hungarian couldn't be any harder... You find this.

May 28, 2018


Oh, this is the easy part!

May 28, 2018


yet i used "however" instead of "and" here and got it wrong.

July 3, 2016


Did you report it? It would probably help the developer team.

May 28, 2018


This word order _

July 1, 2016


You should be able to get through it. Especially if you're at level 8 in Turkish, which shares many word order characteristics with Hungarian despite their different language families.

July 3, 2016


The Turkish influence is very strong in some aspects of Hungarian and not only from the XVI and XVII centuries... We have many borrowed words, too and if you translate "Cebimde birçok küçük elma var" to Hungarian, it will sound surprisingly similar ;) (Even if you will wonder what the heck is this sentence... ;) :D )

July 7, 2016


Wow! I had no idea about the Turkish influence on Hungarian. Although when I started this course three days back, the 'alma' did make me wonder if it and 'elma' were cognates, but beyond that, I didn't think much. It would certainly have intrigued me had I also paid attention to the sheer similarity between 'van' and 'var'. So thanks a lot for the info. Şimdi bu konuda araştırma yapmalıyım! :)

December 19, 2017


Here is an incomplete but impressive list of Hungarian words that are origin from Turk/Turkish or influenced by those languages. ;) Have a good research ;)


December 20, 2017


How do you type ő ?

July 13, 2016


As a posible answer is given "She is a girl, she is a boy". Besides the fact that the conjunction you try to explain is missing, it is pragmatically impossible ('she' refering to a feminin object and 'boy' being a masculin object). Above this discussion, that translation is absent, so I guess it will already be fine.

November 30, 2016


Ki tud magyarul?

December 15, 2016


Én ;) (I am native Hungarian)

November 20, 2017


Does " ő lány, pedig ő fiú. " make sense and the 'pedig' is placed after 'ő' purely for emphasis or is it a grammatical rule?

January 9, 2017


Your version means something else: "She is a girl, even though he is a boy".

May 17, 2017


Why is pedig after ő?

October 30, 2017


If "pedig" would be before the "ő" then that would modify the meaning of the sentence. Listing vs modifying/contradicting the previous statement. Maybe an example helps:
"She looks like a girl, on the other hand he is a boy." - "Ő lánynak néz ki, ő pedig egy fiú."
"He looks like a girl, but he is actually a boy." - "Ő lánynak néz ki, pedig ő egy fiú."

October 31, 2017


It's probably the fact that there is only one third person pronoun, but at first, I understood this sentence as "she is a girl and she is (also) a boy" as if it referred to a transgender person... Could it be understood this way? Of course it would probably require more context, but in terms of grammar?

November 19, 2017


Definitely no, it is clearly about two separate persons. The distinction comes from "pedig" that shows that the second mention refers to another person.

"Pedig" may mean "on the contrary" if it is located before the pronoun, therefore „ő lány, pedig ő fiú" may refer gender-bending or a guy in disguise. ;) (See bbigblue's comment above.)

„Meg" has the same separating effect in Ő lány, ő meg fiú ("She's a girl and he's a boy") but °Ő lány, meg ő fiú is completely wrong as „meg" hasn't got this meaning to create opposition.

November 20, 2017


Why no audio here?

July 22, 2016


It's still in beta. Just use the button to report it.

July 22, 2016


she is girl, and he is the boy, not corect, but with 'a' it is

When i make mistake for "the" and "a" they should accept my answer as almost correct, some of us don't use our native language, but still want to learn

December 25, 2016


I think meg is also used like; It gives the verb a sort of "finishedness" nézem a filmet - I'm watching / I watch the film Megnézem / more likely megnéztem a filmet - I will watch or I have watched it ALL OF IT - have finished it.

October 27, 2017


It is pretty hard for Serbs and probably other Slavs to take care of articles in both Hungarian and English when we don't have. I feel this is gonna be a hell of a trip.

December 24, 2017


That is not the proper translation. The sentence what is accepted means "Ő egy lány, és ő egy fiú." It's confusing.

December 17, 2017


Not really, the sentence above is a more literal translation (by its meaning, not by word by word translation) than yours.

May 28, 2018


She is a girl, she's a boy. I keep getting this wrong but its wrong how can you be both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 1, 2017


I don't think it is both: Ő can mean he or she. So the sentence means, "she is a girl; however, he is a boy." Any native people want to confirm or correct me please?

December 16, 2017


You're right, CoxySmith, that's the real meaning.

It is difficult sometimes that Hungarian language use more distinctions and differences than English can express. We Hungarians have trouble with this, too, when we learn English. In the other way, it may be almost crazy, but when you grab the line of logic of our language, it will be almost self-explanatory and absolutely handy.

December 18, 2017


Wheres the or?

September 10, 2016


Some of the words in the real translation are not here

September 10, 2016


This was the last one i did because it had its own weird way of a translation

September 10, 2016
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