'This is a train?' should also be acceptable, no? Or is there some nuance about word order here?
If we think that this is a very simple question in the beginning of the course, then perhaps the standard word order of questions comes to my mind. But, you are right, 'This is a train?' is asked in certain circumstances, and it's correct as well.
But, you are smelling it very well that the noun 'vonat' is actually coming from the verb 'vonni' (drag, pull). There are countless other examples to create a noun from a verb this way: "nézni -> nézet" (to view -> view), etc
The accusative is generally always marked, except for special circumstances. But there are words that end in a "-t". They receive one more "-t", with a buffer vowel in-between.
So yes, nominative.
No, 'egy' is the indefinite article 'a'. The four-word English sentence is translated into a three-word Hungarian sentence by dropping the verb. Strange as it might seem, in this situation the Hungarian does not employ a verb.
I must be going deaf, because I could swear that she says el instead of egy. I listened to it ten times in a row and keep hearing the same thing...
I think she says 'egy'. However, the 'n' in 'vonat' is between 'n' and 'd', as if she had a flu or something.
lol, that is really funny because I hear vonat normal and egy funny in this audio clip. :P Maybe it is just my ears...
In the previous sentence, "this is" and "it is" were not interchangeable, and here they are alternative solutions. I am really lost in translation!
it should be a mistake,maybe they accept it now.they are totally interchangeable.
So when they have the article "a" in it, it's not a question and when there isn't it's a question?
No, not really. The following are all correct: Ez vonat. Ez vonat? Ez egy vonat. Ez egy vonat? Ez a vonat. Ez a vonat?