"Ez nem cipő, hanem bakancs."

Translation:These are not shoes, but boots.

October 31, 2016

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AelienFelis

Excuse me? Aren't the boots kind of shoes? I always thought it's a great family - shoes - and it consists of eg sandals and boots... anyone able to help me?

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

No - boots are type of footwear - but not shoes.

January 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ishana92

is cipo only dress-shoes or is cipo a general term for footwear? Are boots and sandals and sneakers also cipo?

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BigWayne19

------- just curious: footwear ? . . .

Big 3 jun 18

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ErikAnderson3

The terms cipő and bakancs are both singular -- why does the "correct" answer insist on using the plural in English?

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Shamarth

Because unlike English, Hungarian uses the singular to refer to things that come in pairs.

  • Elhagytam a zoknimat. -- I lost my socks. Both of them.
  • Elhagytam egy fél pár zoknit. -- I lost one sock. Literally: I lost half a pair of socks.

In Hungarian it's incorrect to use the plural when it's only one pair you're talking about. For instance you can't say (well, you can, most people do not care, but it's still incorrect) "fáznak a füleim". The correct form is "fázik a fülem", even if most likely both of your ears are cold.

But it's true that the sentence above can be translated to English using the singular, so your version should be accepted as well.

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ErikAnderson3

Very useful detail, thank you! Simply the fact that one must say egy fél pár zokni to indicate a single "sock" makes it clear that the dictionaries I have to hand are apparently deficient -- zokni cannot indicate a single sock, cipő cannot indicate a single shoe, etc., but only a pair of socks, shoes, etc.

From that logic, if one says négy cipő in Hungarian, would that mean "four pairs of shoes" → "eight shoes" in English?

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/vvsey

I think once you start dealing with numbers greater than one (pair), you better specify "pár", to avoid confusion.
"Van egy cipőm" - usually means a pair of shoes. If not, you clarify.
"Van négy pár cipőm" - is the usual way to say four pairs of shoes.
For four pieces of shoes, you could say "négy darab cipő", "négy páratlan cipő", "négy cipő, aminek nincs párja", etc.
The point is, you clarify the ambiguous situation.

November 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AzzyDassler

Only that in another sentence (What are these black socks like?) they somehow insist on "zoknik" ("Milyenek ezek a fekete zoknik?"). Can you explain this? Is it one of those rare examples which implies several pairs? Is it totally impossible to use the singular form here?

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Shamarth

The Hungarian sentence does imply several pairs, while the English sentence is ambiguous. So in case it's an English to Hungarian translation, the singular form should be accepted.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ingpeck

Thank you

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LRLARG

This is very helpful, thank you! However there is a sentence here in the course that insists on translation in singular... the sock is in the shoe... a zokni a cipoben van. Is it a mistake? Shouldn’t it be translated as the socks are in the shoes?

February 10, 2019
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