"Péter sees a beautiful house."

Translation:Péter lát egy szép házat.

August 3, 2016



The "a" does not change to "á" on Tuesday, Thursday, and when preceded by another "á"?

August 3, 2016


If a Hungarian word ends in -a and you "close" it by adding an ending, then (with few exceptions), it lengthens to á. (The same is true for e changing to é.)

base form lámpa → accusative lámpát or plural lámpák

base form példa ("example") → példát, példák, etc.

But if the word ends in a consonant, and it acquires a new a as a linking vowel to prevent consonants running together, then that new linking vowel will be an unaccented a.

házházak, házat, ...

August 3, 2016


Only on the first Wednesday of every month. But I'm not sure what you mean.
On "házat" vs. "házát", no, the "a" does not change, at least not in this case. The second "á" in "házát" is actually a different suffix.

"Ház" - "ház-at" - house in accusative. The "a" is just a buffer sound, to ease pronunciation. It is never "á".

"Ház" - "ház-a-t" - that is his/her house, in accusative:

  • ház - house
  • háza - his/her house
  • házát - his/her house in accusative. Here, the "a" changed to "á". Because it was part of a word that later got the "-t" suffix, to make it accusative.
August 3, 2016


Thanks for your reply. I was helped to see the distinction.

August 3, 2016


peter egy szep hazat lat?

September 12, 2016


Szep is pretty not beautiful...

October 16, 2016


Péter lát szép hazát? Ohk... and does the a mean: "a _" ? Like festek a orvos or festek orvost? Explain it to me in hungarian logic but in english so I can read it hahaha

November 23, 2016


Don't adjectives change in the accusative?

January 23, 2017


Not if they're in front of a noun - they don't take case or number (plural) endings then.

January 23, 2017
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