"A kakasok ingben és nyakkendőben sétálnak."

Translation:The roosters are walking in shirts and ties.

August 7, 2016

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Articles of clothing may be singular in Hungarian, even when worn by multiple people, but not in English. "in shirts and ties"


Actually, for this one, "in shirt and tie" is a set phrase meaning "dressed up". So I think, rarely, it is acceptable to do it as "in shirt and tie".

"In shirts and ties" is a little better, and should also be accepted.


I have to strongly disagree.

  • A menedzserek öltönyben vannak.

  • A focisták cipőben játszanak.

  • Az unokáim pelenkában másznak a földön.

Nobody ever said these nouns in plural in Hungarian.

Also I don't have the idea what kind of set phrase you are speaking of....


Totally agreed!!


I love these types of sentences on Duolingo: they make me smile and make the learning process easier and more enjoyable.


Is "a cock" and "a rooster" not the same?


Yup, they should both be accepted.


Why such a nonsence sentences?


It shows us the importance of education. When the roosters dress better than the kindergarten teachers, you know who is getting educated.


We have the "galo de calça" in Brazil, and I'm not making this up.


I can't wait to visit Hungary! Roosters in shirt and tie, flying ovonos,....


In shirts and ties


and in knickers


Why not say, "in shirts and in ties".


This sentence order is really weird in English. "The roosters in shirts and ties are walking" is more natural in English.


From a Hungarian view, it is another statement. In your version it says: they are walking and, as a less important circumstance, they are dressed formally. The original sentence says: they are dressed formally (and, as a less important circumstance) they are walking. Different accents, different messages. It is typical that different sentences become the same English sentence after translation, because in English, the order of the words is fixed.


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I thought part of the tips and notes for this section was about how animals received the "a"/"az" even when discussing the group (a pokok nem rovarok = spiders are not insects vs. THE spiders are not insects) so why (or rather how in the world are you to guess) that this sentence is "THE roosters are walking in shirts and ties" vs simply "Roosters are walking in shirts and ties"? Because as usual I got it wrong.


That is about general statements.

Spiders are not insects. (Spiders in general, all of the spiders. )

"The roosters are walking in shirts and ties" . It is more likely that a specific group of roosters wear ties, not all roosters in general.

But yeah, I haven't seen even specific roosters doing that :P

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