"Milyeneket keresel, alacsonyakat vagy magasakat?"

Translation:What kinds are you looking for, short ones or tall ones?

July 2, 2016

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"Short or tall ones" is absolutely correct English.


Couldn't "milyenek" be also translated as "what kind" in sentences like this one? I get the object referred to is plural, but if I am not mistaken it could be several items, all of them of the same kind – in the way "magasak" points to several items, all of them tall.


"Which kinds do you look for, short ones or tall ones" should be acceped, reported


Assuming it isn't people: "What kind are you looking for, low ones or tall ones?"


I'd guess it'd be 'low or high ones'


You still say "tall cupboard" or "tall tree" - just not short cu[board or tree.


Should be kind, not kinds.


Well, this exercize is trying to enforce using plural. Take it as a grammar lesson, it doesn't have to sound common English (let's be real, it isn't even common Hungarian, just grammatically valid).


You can still say "kinds" in English...it depends on what you are asking. But yeah, if you look at the Hungarian perspective, it's trying to keep the plural consistent. Milyeneket is not only telling me about plural nouns (-ek), but also the direct object/accusative (-et). I am just beginning to see the multiple suffixes' role - interesting to see how so much is told in so few letters!


I put: What kind of people are you looking for, short or tall? 'Alacosny' and 'magas' are used for people, right?


Not impliedly so, I believe.


Since "tall" is implicitly vertical, I think "low" should be accepted, not just "short". At this early point in the course, "low" was recently given in a translation of something like "alacsony asztalok". Just guessing, but is "rövid" a sort of non-vertical analogue? Consider: "rövid és alacsony asztalok .." Finally, I note that "magas" consistently becomes "high" in google translate.


Not really non-vertical, for instance you can say "rövid szoknya" (short skirt). You can't use "rövid" for a length that is measured from the ground, so to say - and as far as I know -, that's "alacsony". "Magas" is both "high" and "tall".


OK, thanks for the clarification! I reported that "low" was not accepted, and will start testing "magas" (more a Google Translate problem) when it arises here.


Which was accepted. Why ever. :)

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