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"I do not like the tables."

Translation:Nem szeretem az asztalokat.

August 31, 2016



It's one of those sentence structure questions: Why is "Az asztalokat nem szeretem." not a correct translation? Does it put emphasis on the tables and you would expect something like: "I do not like the tables, but I do like the chairs."?


Az asztalokat nem szeretem is fine and almost indistinguishable in meaning from Nem szeretem az asztalokat.

I'm pretty sure they began by writing/choosing the Hungarian sentences, and provided English translations for them, but didn't always account for all the different ways those English sentences could be translated back into Hungarian.


A bit of a translating note.
"I do not like the tables." sounds specific to me. Talking about some specific tables that are ugly, not properly set, etc. This kind of "I don't like" I would translate as "Nem tetszik" - it does not please me literally. So, the translation would be:
"Nem tetszenek az asztalok."

And the general "I do not like tables", which means I have a general issue with tables, would be translated as:
"Nem szeretem az asztalokat."


It's a pity that tetszik is not introduced in the course. It's so common, you hear and read it all the time, and it would have been a nice skill to include.


"I have a general issue with tables"... I had a a nice laugh, thank you vvsey.


But doesn't az mean the?


Languages don't translate to each other word by word. In English, general statements usually don't contain an article with plural. In Hungarian, as much as I can tell, they always do.


Why isn't it "Nem szeretem azok asztalokat."?


This is a mix of two things.

"The tables", literally, is "az asztalok". Here, "az" (or "a", depending on the starting letter of the following word) is the same kind of "fixed" article as "the" is in English - you either put it there or don't but you don't inflect it in any way.
On the other hand, there is "Those tables", why translates to "azok az asztalok". Here, the first "az" serves as a demonstrative pronoun/adjective, and just like in English, it always inflects as if it was a pronoun, including cases (hence, "azokat" in this sentence). Also, because of the way the definite article developed from the demonstrative pronoun/adjective, you have to include it here. So in this case, the sentence would be "Nem szeretem azokat az asztalokat."

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