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"Mi a neved?"

Translation:What is your name?

July 5, 2016



What implies "your"? the -d ending?


You are right.

Name: név

My name: nevem, Your name: neved, His/Her name: neve, Our name: nevünk, Your name: nevetek, Their name: nevük. It is easy :)


Would Nevük be used for both "their name" and "their names"?


their names: nevük or neveik (depends on the sentence in which this is used. "Neveik" is the proper plural form)


The same way like turkish I think


Are those endings just for the noun 'name', or are they also the same for other nouns(i.e. is the suffix for 'my' always 'em')?


What the possessive suffix looks like depends on the vowel class of the base noun, but it always ends with '-m' for "my", with '-d' for "your", with '-e' or '-a' for "his/her/its", and so on. The binding vowel, if needed, is usually the same as for the accusative suffix '-t', so there isn't too much extra learning involved. It's still challenging, though.

In total there are five different patterns for binding vowels, making the "my" suffix look more like '-m/-am/-om/-em/-öm':

  1. The base word ends with a vowel, e.g. autó - autóm, autód, autója, autónk, autótok, autójuk (car) (Note that some of the suffixes would look different with different vowel harmonies, e.g. "csésze - csészéje" - "cup - his cup"; "szülő - szülőtök" - "parent - your (pl) parent".)

  2. a-suffixes, e.g. ház - házam, házad, háza, házunk, házatok, házuk (house)

  3. o-suffixes, e.g. bor - borom, borod, bora, borunk, borotok, boruk (wine)

  4. e-suffixes, e.g. levél - levelem, leveled, levele, levelünk, leveletek, levelük (letter)

  5. ö-suffix, e.g. sör - söröm, söröd, söre, sörünk, sörötök, sörük (beer)


Damn. Do all Hungarian nouns do this, or just "name"?


Do what? Show possession by adding something to the end? All do that :)


So would it also be: "sörem, söred, söre,..." etc.? How often do you see those specific suffixes? Of course i know that agglutination is very common in hungarian. But how common are those specific possesive suffixes? And if possessives vary depending on the word used, is there at least some regularity?


Söröm, söröd, söre, sörünk, sörötök, sörük. The vowel harmony for possessives includes a/e/ö endings. :)

The possessive suffixes are very common. I mean, you also use possessives in English all the time. "I need my jacket." "Where is your sister?" "The president of the United States." (Almost) everywhere you have a possessive relationship, you use these suffixes, especially third-person possessives, where you use "of" or " 's" in English.

Even when you just say that you "have" something, because Hungarian doesn't have a common word for "to have". It's rather "For me exists [something]":

  • Nevem van! - I have a name! ("A name (that is mine) exists.")


It would be a little weird to develop an entire grammar feature just for one word, wouldn't it?


What is the difference between "hogy hívnak" and "Mi a neved" ? Köszönöm.


I'd like to know as well.


The first is "How are you called?" (What are you called?) or, even more literally: "How do (they) call you?" Several other languages use this type of question, it is very common in Hungarian, as well.

The second one is literally "What is your name?"

You can pick your preference, they are practically the same in meaning.


Which is used more commonly?


Not sure. If I had to guess, I would say "Hogy hívnak?". But I would also guess both are mostly used by children, as many of us tend to learn to introduce ourselves as we grow older.
Now, when we introduce ourselves, what can we say?

  • "XY vagyok." - I am XY.
  • "A(z én) nevem XY". - My name is XY.
  • "(Engem) XY-nak hívnak." - I am called XY. Literally: they call me XY.

You can even just say your name without anything else.

One more thing: when it is about things, not persons, the more common question is "(Ezt) hogy hívják?"

That "whatdoyoucallit" is "hogyishívják" in Hungarian. A synonym of it is "izé".


-What is your name? -Michael Jackson. -And how do they call you? -King of Pop.


So... literally what the name(-yours), right?


Yes, literally just that :)


I wish we had more accessories to straight loteral translations. It would really help learn foreign grammar to take vocabulary out of the question temporarily.


That's what I thought, thanks! ;)


A nevem Jorge :)


Szia, Jorge. :)


Is "a" mandatory here?


Not neved...neve. Mi a neve?


Both are possible, depending on whether you are talking to te or to ön/maga.


What is your quest?


So does this directly translate to "What [is] the name [you]?"


Well, literally "What [is] the nameyour?" (neved is from név "name" + -ed "your").


Még a nevemet sem emlékszem lol. But, seriously why don't use "Søren vagyok" instead of "a nevem Bürggröminson"

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