"This beautiful young kindergarten teacher is not sitting on the bus, but on a tram."

Translation:Ez a szép fiatal óvónő nem a buszon, hanem egy villamoson ül.

August 19, 2016



If I were never to have visited Hungary, I would have to conclude from these lessons, that the vast majority of the population is comprised of kindergarten teachers.

January 11, 2017


ez a szép fiatal óvónö (I know I don't have the right ") nem ul a buszon, hanem egy villamoson. not correct? also, I noticed that sometimes egy is rejected and sometimes it is required.

August 19, 2016


In contrastive, Not-X-but-Y sentences like this (not on the bus, but on a tram), the Hungarian needs to be nem X ... hanem Y with nem immediately before the X and hanem immediately before the Y.

Your sentence expresses a contrast like "not sitting .... but on a tram" which doesn't really work.

They are inconsistent with the use of egy. There are plenty of exercises where it could be legitimately included or left out, but only one version is accepted.

August 19, 2016


"jsiehler", you are doing a really good job with these eplanations on the "not-X-but-Y" concept!

On omitting "egy". In this particular sentence, it is much better to include the "egy", since it is contrasted with a definite alternative. "A buszon" vs "egy villamoson". Without "egy", the second part sounds too much like a general statement. But that is also possible, it is up to the context to determine.

August 20, 2016


Thank you both. Your comments/corrections are very much appreciated.

August 20, 2016


Can "ül" appear also in the first part of the sentence?

Ez a szép fiatal óvónő (ül) nem a buszon (ül), hanem egy villamoson (ül).

1+3, 2+3, 1, 2, 3?

July 6, 2018


If I remember another discussion correctly I think 2+3 or just 2 or 3 are proper, since the elements after nem x hanem y should be the focus and focusing on óvónő makes not much sense.

August 11, 2018


I typed in your alternate 2 (only 2) and was rejected

March 21, 2019


"Ez a szép fiatal óvónő nem a buszon ül hanem egy villamoson" was accepted. Does it sound less natural than the default one?

August 6, 2018
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