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"Kettőben a nulla? Ez lehetetlen."

Translation:Two divided by zero? That is impossible.

August 24, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kathy979841

Can you explain please. Does the ending ben here mean divided by as bol meant minus in the first sentence. I cant see any words for them so presume so


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/96314081311257

This phrase is short for "Kettőben a nulla hányszor van meg?" or something similar. (You could also say "Kettő osztva nullával.") "Háromból kettő" (3-2) is "Háromból kettő elvéve/kivonva."

There are just some usual phrases that you can leave parts out from because they're still understood. This is one of them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

I read "kettőben a nulla" as "zero in(to) two." So, how many times does zero go into two? Lehetetlen.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ion1122

Well, the ending here is -ben rather than -be. The latter would fit better with your theory of 'into'.

I read the Hungarian as something like: 'Inside of two is zero? Impossible'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

English speakers think of division as "x divided by y" means "y into x." How many times does y go into x? Maybe Hungarians just think of it as "y in x"? Remember, these are people who go "onto" airports and "think on" things, right? :) Just teasing - I'm sure Hungarians think English speakers have an odd use of prepositions, too. But that's why you can't translate the prepositions/case endings/whatever you want to call them literally.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlutarskyJohn

This is impossible. Not "That".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joemagyarul

Well, we wouldn't say "this is impossible", in this context, right? Even though it's not the literal translation, I think it is much more natural to say "that is impossible"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livluv23

Yes, but when is this course ever concerned with what sounds natural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonnytischbein

It is not true. Dividing by zero can be possible :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ion1122

Most modern textbooks of math theory say that division by zero is "undefined".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BigWayne19

------- i'm sure jonny would say that zero goes into any number an infinite number of times. so the answer is not impossible but infinite . . .

Big 20 may 19


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

As long as you're not trying to do it on a computer. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lesleyne

Ez lehetetlen This is impossible, not, that is impossible. Why has ez changed it meaning from this to that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EkS1xNex

Nought should also be accepted.

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