"A lift rossz, nem megy semerre!"

Translation:The elevator is broken, it does not go anywhere!

November 5, 2016

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We would use the phrase 'out of order' if something like a lift was broken and couldn't be used. Is there an Hungarian equivalent or are we stuck with 'rossz'?


Yes, in Hungarian if something isn't working properly it's just considered "rossz". Washing machines, elevators, really anything mechanical or that has a mechanism. In Hungary, you'll see signs on things that just say "rossz" or "nem működik" (it doesn't work).


Another typical phrase is "üzemen kívül". It used to be the standard phrase a few decades ago. I am not sure about today, maybe it is still used. Note, with "üzemen kívül", it is not necessarily broken, maybe just turned off.


'Elromlott' you can also use, from the verb 'elromlik' = 'breaks down'. You can see it many times, besides 'Nem működik'.

The word-for-word literal translation of 'out of order' in Hungarian 'nincs rendben' backtranslated would be 'not right'. So as rushmgl wrote the actual translation (meaning) of 'out of order' is 'nem működik'.


In American English, it is correct to say "it is going nowhere". There is perhaps a humorous or even an angry connotation to it.


Yes! as if an elevator could go in any direction (up, down, to the left or to the right). I translated by anywhere, which was rejected. I really do not think that in any direction is more acceptable.


Yes, logically you are right, of course.
But grammatically, "anywhere" would be translated as "sehová". These words have to do with location.
And "semerre" is translated as "in any direction" - these have to do with direction.

The difference is similar to the one between "Where are you going?" and "Which way are you going?".


Thank you. I am starting to grasp the difference.


but shouldnt elevators go somewhere not in some direction? I mean, trains can go in any direction but elevators?


Well, elevators go up and down, don't they. Those are directions, not places. The elevator goes up (direction) to the fourth floor (location).
Anyway, I guess the sentence works with both "semerre" and "sehová".


Is sehová and semerre not nowhere? (Nirgendwohin)


It depends on the sentence. Since English does not like double negatives, you can either say "I am going nowhere." or "I am not going anywhere." Both of them would be translated as "Nem megyek sehová."


So the word order is semerre... sem but nem... semerre?


Ok, so I wrote, "the elevator is broken, she isn't going anywhere," envisioning a tv program where two characters are talking about a third who is stuck on the 10th floor.

It wasn't accepted.


I would assume changing the subject in the second part sounds probably as weird as it does in English. Appears like you adress the elevator as a female?

But I can also imagine it being correct.
Kati is not coming down to us.
The elevator is broken, she is not going anywhere.

Then "she" is the actual topic, while "it" was only inserted in between. Although "therefore" or similar words would possibly separate it a little more?


I wrote" The lift is faulty it's not going anywhere" because I'm English, not American, but it hasn't been accepted. I know that rossz means bad, faulty or broken, but surely if the lift is broken, it's faulty


the lift is broken it goes nowhere.What is wrong in this sentence?

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