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"The man is in there."

Translation:A férfi ott van bent.

July 13, 2016



What does "a ferfi van bent" mean? How do the ott and bent work together?


"bent" means "inside" without specifying inside what. "ott bent" means "in there", referring to some concrete place. So "a férfi bent van" means "the man is inside", and this may work if it's clear from context where he is. But it's not a translation of "in there", which is more concrete.

(Finally, the order you gave, "a férfi van bent", is also grammatical, but it puts a strong emphasis on the man, as in "THE MAN is inside, not the woman". This is only appropriate when you want to stress this new or contradictory information. But you'll get to worry about this later.)


Why isn't bácsi right


"Bácsi" is an old man. "Férfi" just specifies the gender, not the age


I think “bácsi” originally means “uncle” but is used as a respectful but familiar title for, mainly older, men, just like “néni” for women.

Take care that bácsi, when used with a name, follows it rather than preceding it.


Is there any difference between "A férfi ott van bent." and "A férfi ott bent van." ? I


Basically no. The subtlety of word order does make the second one a bit more focused on the location while the first one is a tad bit more in general. Again, this is SO subtle that these are practically interchangeable.


Thank you it is encouraging me since i cannot place van correctly ...


why is "a férfi odabent van" incorrect?


Especially because Duolingo provides that translation itself..


I put the same thing. I'm wondering if "odabent" actually means "into there" rather than "in there," as duo is translating it.


It does not indicate moving at all. I know it sounds weird, because "oda" alone does but try to disregard that fact.

A férfi ott van bent. A férfi odabent van.

These two mean the same exact thing. To me personally, the latter one sounds a bit more dated or just a tad bit formal in a way and the former is kind of more basic. But you could absolutely say either of them and both are used in everyday speech.


It actually means "in there", it's more "bent" than "oda"


A férfi bent? Is the verb absolutly necessary?


Yes it is. Apart from a few fixed phrases, you can't skip van when using adverbs.


What's wrong with "A férfi van ott bent"?


It's grammatical but you focused A férfi so you are basically saying "It's the man who is in there".


"A férfi oda van" was marked wrong. Should I report it?


In the Hungarian Language "oda van" means that something didn't go well and the result "oda van" or that somebody died. Im speaking Hungarian. (:


Oda is dynamic. To there. One would say "da" in German. It doesn't really make sense, I can only imagine hearing it in a folk tale, like "apátok oda van" ie your father is out, probably with some important business. And yeah, odavan is another interesting word... :D


You don't have the "in" of the English sentence, just the "there" - I think it's not a good translation.


Expecting word-for-word literal translation every time is the error, not the Hungarian grammar.


ember instead of férfi is right in this case i think de lehet hogy nem, ha tévednék szóljatok... pls


Agreed: "ember" should be just as good here as "férfi"


Isn't 'ember' more 'man' , as in 'mankind', sort of equivalent to the German 'Mensch'?

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Yes, ember is 'man' , as in 'mankind', or person.

In some situations, ember can be used for man. But férfi is a better choice.


Ok. So I got this right (only by a process of elimination of the range of words offered as options) I'm still a little unsure as to when to use "ott" vs "oda". It is my understanding that they both mean "there". Any help?


ott means "there" as in a position (IN that place) -- he is standing there

oda means "(to) there; thither) as in a destination of motion (TO that place) -- he is running there


I never have a clue where to place "van" in the sentence i alxays get it wrong Can't get that litteral : the man there is in


Hmm, why do I have to write "ott van bent" instead of "ott bent van" ? :)


Is this wrong? A férfi bent ott van. Why?


"bent ott" doesn't really add up, your sentence could be earlier "the man inside is there"


I put "A ferfi bent ott van" and it was marked wrong.


It doesn't sound good to be honest. Maybe because you are clustering a slightly redundant piece of information. Maybe because location+van acts a bit like a phrasal verb on its own but only with one location information at one time and the other gotta go somewhere else... or it's just like a common phrase without further explanation.


Thanks for the elaboration.


I didn't have 'bent' at all (just ott van) and it marked it right--is it right? Why don't I need 'bent'?


That’s not right. In means somewhere inside


Why is "is in" here hinted by duo as "divatos"? What other context is there for "is in"?


If you say something is in, for example "That style of shirt is really in right now." it means it is fashionable or trendy. You cannot translate that word-for-word to Hungarian, so you'd have to say fashionable instead (= divatos).

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