"I am not standing outside, but inside."

Translation:Én nem kint állok, hanem bent.

July 2, 2016



This appears to be mix up in translation.

July 2, 2016


Either that or Hungarian is the most concise language in the world. :D

July 2, 2016


Why do you think so? What's wrong with the translation? I might not see the mistake.

March 28, 2017


I agree!

August 24, 2016


Could it also be "nem állok kint, hanem bent"?

September 8, 2016


I don't think so. As far as I understand it, in this case "kint" has to be directly after the "nem" because you want to say where you're (not) standing. If you'd just want to say that you're not standing outside though, both "Nem állok kint." and "Nem kint állok." should be okay.

I am no native speaker though, so please correct me if I am wrong.

October 4, 2018


Why is 'Én nem állok kint hanem bent' incorrect?

February 15, 2019

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The emphasis is different. The gist of it, is that anything before the verb (and after 'nem', if in a negative) becomes emphasized. A longer explanation here

Since in your translation, there is nothing between 'nem' and the verb, the emphasis falls on the action itself:

  • Én nem állok kint, hanem bent mást csinálok
  • I'm not standing outside, but inside doing something else

It could be a valid sentence, but I had to change the second clause to match the emphasis in the first clause. In the original sentence, you can decide based on the second clause, that the emphasis was on the outside/inside, so that should be in front of the verb:

  • Én nem kint állok, hanem bent
  • I'm not standing outside, but inside
February 15, 2019


guys, you should have to correct this translation!

September 16, 2016


Prepositions in Hungarian seem to always have first dibs except in the case of Question words or majorly important subjects or events. Thus have I learned!

January 15, 2018


Duolingo has said that "Állok nem kint, hanem bent" is wrong too.

April 8, 2019

  • 321

That is grammatically incorrect, because in negative, "nem" should be before the verb.

Plus if you want to put the emphasis on "kint" (as is the case), that should go in between "nem" and the verb "állok".

April 9, 2019
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