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"Ki ül a bútorokra?"

Translation:Who sits on the furniture?

August 3, 2016



If they wanted 'sit down' why not say in Hungarian leül? In English it really isn't needed anyway so should be correct as 'sitting on the furniture.'


I think sitting down and sitting are two different things - as different as putting on and wearing clothes. So the down is not irrelevant or redundant.


That doesn't answer my question about why they didn't include the down pre-verb le- if in English they wanted to say sit down instead of just sit...


A problem here is that "sitting on the furniture" doesn't capture the movement (from standing to sitting) that the Hungarian sentence conveys with the -ra suffix.


Yes, where is the down?


it should be furnitures. why furniture?


"furniture" in English is a mass noun and uncountable.

It seems that in Hungarian, bútor is a count noun, equivalent to what would be "one piece of furniture" in English, and in the plural equivalent to (individual) "pieces of furniture" or, more generally (collective) "furniture".


i didnt know that it is uncountable in english


two "corrects" solutions are given: 1. who is sitting down onto the furniture, and 2. who sits on the furniture. I see a problem in both cases. 1. le, is missing in the hungarian sentence. 2. "ra" is not the right suffix (maybe "butorokon"?), as I understand "ra" indicates a motion.


Sit down. Is ülj le in hungaryan. "Who sits down onto the furniture?" is ki ül le a butorokra? It is correct in hungaryan.


The person could be sitting on the arm of the chair, or on the coffee table, which in my mind sounds like sitting "on" the furniture. "Sit down" is definitely sitting on the seat of a chair or couch, properly.

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