"Azokban az épületekben nincs víz."

Translation:There is no water in those buildings.

September 21, 2016

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Roberto343666

DL is keeping on refusing ANY answer with the "..n't" contraction. "there isn't water in those building" "there aren't windows in these buildings" etc., all rejected. Is that terribly wrong in English?

They seem to accept only the "is no water", "are no windows" etc. form.

September 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Celebrinthal

Just keep reporting it, it's pretty regular English. ;)

September 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Roberto343666

Thanks!

September 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

It is normal spoken English - but is not normally acceptable in written English unless quoting speech.

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ExDuoUser

Another intriguing example that demonstrates the difficulty in precisely mapping the English word order with that of Hungarian. The Hungarian sentence is uttered with a non-neutral intonation, in which a vocal emphasis is put onto the word "azokban". Hence, in my opinion, there might be another acceptable translation to express such emphasis in writing: "Those buildings are the ones in which there is no water."

Of course, in the case the recording was replaced with another one where the intonation would rise towards and would peak at "nincs", then indeed the only solution would be: "There is no water in those buildings."

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/chirelchirel

So no running water or no water in buckets inside the buildings? Or maybe no leaks in the roof so no puddles on the floor?

May 31, 2017
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