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"Az alma nem kicsi, hanem nagy."

Translation:The apple is not small, but big.

July 11, 2016



Apple-alma, small-kiçik in Azeri :-) love these random similarities


These are not random similarities actually :) Hungarian got a lot of vocabulary from the turkic people long ago when we were still a nomadic culture in the steppes surrounded by a lot of turkic-speaking tribes.


Zsebemben sok kicsi alma van.


Can it be large?


In this situation, saying "It's not small, it's big" would also work. Requiring "but" whenever hanem is used seems a bit nitpicky to me.


I agree completely. One correct translation of this sentence would be "The apple isn't small, it's big/large"


Agree, no need to use 'but' in English.


Same idea here. The fact that you'd have to use 'but' is not absolutely necessary in my mind.


and yet my answer of 'the apple is not small, it's big' was still not accepted... I reported so hopefully it will get looked at...


kicsi can also be little can't it?


But not in the meaning of the opposite of much, because it is kevés in Hungarian.


You'd never say 'but' in that context in English. You'd say The apple isn't small, it's big


I agree that '... but big' is hardly colloquial English, but this kind of pattern is common in writing.

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    Which word can be used instead of "hanem" in this sentence?


    Do you mean which English word can be used to translate 'hanem', or do you mean what other Hungarian word can be used instead of 'hanem?

    To answer my first question, hanem = but


    Important. Kis and kicsi both mean small/little, but kis is always a modifier, while kicsi is either a predicate or a modifier. But if kicsi is a modifier, it has some warm, childish meaning.

    A kis ablak: the small window Az ablak kicsi: the window is small A kicsi ablak: more "sweet" way of saying 'the small window' Az ablak kis: not a real sentence.


    Nagy means 'big'. Nagyon is equivalent of 'very' can anyone explain the relation between these two words?0


    I believe that 'nagy' is an adjective and 'nagyon' is the adverbial form of that adjective. So 'nagyon' means 'bigly' or 'to a large extent', therefore also 'much'.


    And we have the expression "nagyon nagy", meaning "very big". The "-on", "-in", "-en" etc. suffixes transform an adjective into an adverb.

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