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"Én a bíró vagyok, ön pedig az ügyvéd."

Translation:I am the judge, and you are the lawyer.

July 1, 2016



when should I use ön and when maga?


in most cases they are interchangable. a quick googling confirmed that it's not only my feeling, but most hungarians consider "ön" more respectful, while "maga" makes the addressed party feel like you are being polite, because it is expected, but you really don't like him/her, or you consider yourself above them.


Ön for everyone you don't know if you want to show your respect. Maga with people older than you, exactly with old people.


They are interchangeable, however "maga" is very formal and is used to distance yourself from the person you are talking to.


"ön" is actually the most formal. It can be used between total strangers. "maga" is used more between colleagues. Two doctors might refer to each other as "maga" but if they speak with a patient it would be "ön".


I wouldn't like someone to say maga to me


That is kind of funny when a polite form can be impolite. But politeness always feels borderline impolite to me when it is not sincere. I usually hate ritualized fake behavior. Perfectly holy on the outside, but just playing a character.

I would assume using "maga" when e.g. getting your passport is ok, since neither of the involved parties want to become friends, it is strictly a one time business, but in personal life, you might start with "ön", but with openness to become afterwards friends or at at least good acquaintances. And in the workplace, I assume at least the boss usually will keep the "ön" status, but everyone else should be "te" in a short time.

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How would this sentence change if it was supposed to say they are the lawyer¨, rather than ¨you are the lawyer¨?


For singular? Just change ön to ő. :)


is én necessary or can I omit it and just write vagyok a bíró?


I think it's good to provide some explanation. Removing én changes the emphasis and makes it sound a bit like "I do be the judge". With én, depending on intonation, it can still be a pretty neutral SVO sentence, or, of course, emphasizing én.


Yes you can but Bíro will be on the first place. Bíro vagyok.


When do you use o and when do you use on?


Do you mean ő or ön? (the marks are vital and make them completely different letters from "o")
ő is third person singular - "he" or "she"
ön is one of the formal second person singulars - ie a polite "you"


I GIVE UP. I swear she said o without the n.

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