How do I know whether the sentence is a question or a statement? "Is this a dream?" or "this is a dream" The little help/cheat menu that appears when i hover the mouse over the Hungarian phrase suggests both a question and a statement.
Questions end in a question mark "?" and statements end in a full stop (period) "." .
- Ez egy álom? "Is this a dream?"
- Ez egy álom. "This is a dream."
Thanks mizinamo. I should have been more clear. I understand question marks and periods, so in a written form I can tell the difference between the two sentences. :) However, when these sentences are spoken, say in everyday conversation, question marks and full stops no longer apply. How would I know this sentence as either a question or a statement when listening to someone speak the sentence–without any written aid.
The intonation will help. In yes or no questions the tone will rise on the second to last syllable and fall on the last one. In shorter questions, like "Ez egy álom?", the intonation rises on the last syllable instead.
I am so ashamed, but I have a problem with the verb to be in hungarian. I can not understand how conjugate to be. Someone could help me, please? Thanks a lot!
I saw in the sentence 'Ez nem álom' that there was no indefinite article 'egy' yet there is one here. When can and can't we omit the article?
Usually egy is optional, unless you use it as a numeral, i.e. you want to emphasise that there's exactly one of the mentioned thing. Here it simply serves as an indefinite article, the sentence is correct with and without it.