"Hova lépsz, ide vagy oda?"

Translation:Where are you stepping, to here or to there?

October 4, 2016

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Why not "itt vagy ott"? And to translate "ide vagy oda", why not "to here or to there"?


“To here” is wrong in English¹, and the word “here” remains unchanged in the face of a movement towards it: “I am coming here”, and NOT “I am coming to here”.

“There are a number of common words in English, such as here, there, home, up, down, upstairs and downstairs which are not preceded by the word to.”¹

However, in Hungarian, the movement needs to be shown in the adverb. While "here" could be correcly translated to either "ide" or "itt", hence “I am coming here” could (grammatically) be either “Itt jövök” or “Ide jövök”, the first one does not make much sense, because there would not be any direct link between the words "itt" and "jövök". This way, we are left with only one option: “Ide jövök”.

In the exercise, there is a “hova” at the beginning of the sentence, which implies movement. For this reason, even if the verb referred to an action with no movement; solely because of "hova" one must admit only the meaning where the action has movement, and also foresee an adverb expressing such movement. In this case, “Ide” or “Oda”.

P.S: I believe the verb “lép” can refer to an action without movement, under other circumstances, but that in such case, it would change the meaning from “step” to “perform”/”take action”:

“Egyértelmű, hogy Hitler hamarosan lép valamit Lengyelország ellen.”

1- http://www.english-for-students.com/Come-To-Here.html


3 days ago... Means I'm catching up to you.


"To here" and "to there" are technically correct, but it doesn't seem to be used much. At least not in American English - British English might be different.


But what has this got to do with animals?


Is this for when you come across an old soziet minefield?


I am getting sick of these senseless sentences.


Why can't I use ^over here^ and ^over there^?


'Where are you stepping, here or there?' was marked incorrect. It means the same to me. Any ideas?

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