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"This is not a game."

Translation:Ez nem játék.

July 22, 2016



why is "ez nem egy játék" wrong? or is it?


More unusual than wrong. It is much more common this way. Like "This is no game". Btw, "játék" means both "game" and "toy". But not wildlife.


Why is this incorrect: "Ez nincs játék." ?


Because "nincs" means "there is not". It is the opposite of "van" - "there is" or "have" in English.

E.g. Nincs penzem - I have no money


Sort of - nincs is literally the irregular conjugation of nem van (which is never used) Nincs is used in the sense of there is not/does not have because van is used in this sense also, but is literally is not: for example, ő nincs itt = (s)he is not here

So Ez nincs játék is wrong because equality of two nouns (or a noun and an adjective) requires omitting van (and by extension, omitting nincs - but of course keeping nem, because otherwise you would have no idea there was a negation)


What a wonderfully clear explanation. Thanks!


Is it okay to rephrase "nem játék van"

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