"A bűnöző két rendőr között lép be a rendőrségre."

Translation:The criminal steps into the police station between two police officers.

September 27, 2016

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Is Hungarian a programming language or something why do they have to be so picky


i cant decide which case i use. why dont we say rendörsegbe instead of rendörsegre?


"Belép a rendőrségbe" would rather mean that he is joining the police force.
There is not much logic behind it but you can think of "rendőrség" as not a building but rather a government organization, or a location. So they do not step into it, in Hungarian. You could say the police building with "-be": "a rendőrség épületébe".


Exactly, we learned that with (this kind of) institutions / organizations you use the -n, -ra/re, -ról/ről endings: a postán, a rendőrségre, az egyetemen...


My answer: "The criminal between two police officers steps into the police station."

Duolingo answer on question page: "The criminal steps between two policemen into the police station" ("steps" and "policemen" underlined).

1) I used "police officers" instead of "policemen." This has been discussed many times before and is probably just an oversight.

2) I did not put "steps" immediately after "The criminal." My answer implies that the criminal is entering the police station while escorted by two police officers. The Duolingo answer implies that as the criminal enters into the police station, he has to walk between two police officers. The Duolingo discussion answer could be interpreted as the criminal walking alone into the police station that is located between two police officers (not logical, but possible).

I think my answer best reflects the Hungarian. Is my answer wrong, or should I report it as correct?


Still faintly puzzled by all this stepping that Hungarians seem to do - in this sentence could I say that the criminal goes into/walks into/enters the police station? I don't think that English speakers do so much stepping.


Why not belép in this case?


Level 1 in other language courses teach the words first and the long complex sentances are left until higher levels.

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