"Are politicians rich?"

Translation:A politikusok gazdagok?

July 6, 2016

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Why is A necessary in this sentence? I feel like that should make it mean "Are THE politicians rich?" As in, a specific group of politicians.


To make a general statement about a group of things you need "a". Like if you wanted to say frogs are green animals you would say

"A békák zöld állatok" (my actual sentence may be incorrect though I'm still learning (o; )


Yes, I am wondering the same thing. Can anyone help with this?


I think, better not asking this in Hungarian :) Almost everyone hate the rich politicians.


Oh I've learned this from Hungarian people, they sure hate rich politicians




Why must it be "gazdagok" and not simply "gazdag"?


If the adjective comes after the plural noun, the adjective gets plural form, too.


More accurately, if it belongs to the predicate. In "Gazdagok a politikusok", "gazdagok" doesn't come after "politikusok" but neither does it belong to it syntactically, which you can tell by the fact there is an article between them. When you make the sentence about the past, the verbal part of the predicate suddenly shows up - "Gazdagok voltak a politikusok."


gazdag a politikusok Why it this wrong?Please explain


Yep, the tricky thing is: the rule is not about if the adjective is before or after the noun. We often say it this way because it is an easier explanation. The real rule is: is it an attributive adjective or predicative adjective.

A politikusok gazdagok. and Gazdagok a politikusok. is the same thing grammatically, just the word order is rearranged.

From the tips&notes:

Like in English, the adjective precedes the noun it modifies. (This is called an attributive adjective.) In this case, the adjective is not pluralized. A piros alma = The red apple.

A piros almák = The red apples.

Ezek piros almák =These are red apples.

Sometimes you see an adjective that comes after the noun. In English, the adjective usually comes after is/are. However, in the Hungarian translation van or vannak is dropped. (This is called a predicative adjective.) In this case the adjective has to be plural when the subject is plural.

Az alma piros = The apple is red.

Az almák pirosak = The apples are red.

Ezek az almák pirosak =These apples are red.

A német házak szépek. = German houses are beautiful.


Most ertem/Koszonom. Sorry I have no Umlaut now.Your explanations are always clear,useful,to the point.Lucky us!


It should be "Gazdagok a politikusok?" .


How do we know if the plural form is ok or ak? I know -ok is for substantivised adjectives: a gazdagok the rich.


The easiest and most accurate way is, honestly, by heart. The overwhelming majority of adjectives gets -ak (as you can see, gazdag is an exception - so are all nationalities as far as I know. This may indicate these words used to be nouns, who knows). On the other hand, most nouns get -ok but there is a large number of exceptions, especially for old words with multiple different stems. A new noun would always receive -ok so for supposedly younger words, it's a good bet.


Here the adjective comes BEFORE the noun,igy tehat nem ertem miert kell gazdagok a politikusak.


Yes, this happens whenever a careless, often unintentional oversimplification is spread.

When people said before the noun, they didn't mean anywhere before, they meant right in front. In "Gazdagok a politikusok", "gazdagok" is a completely separate part of speech that simply happens to be somewhere before "politikusok". It doesn't actually belong to "a politikusok", it belongs to the predicate, one could say to the invisible "van" right after "gazdagok".

The actual distinction is between the adjective being predicative (belongs to the verb) and the adjective being attributive (belongs to the noun) - and it's just a "symptom" of an attributive adjective that it's right in front of the noun (or another attributive adjective of course, as in "a hosszú piros autó").


How do we know this is a question? How do we know if asking 'are politicians rich' instead of stating 'the politicians are rich'?

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In written form there is "?" at the and of the sentence. In spoken form the intonation of the sentence define it.

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