"Copilul este la masă."

Translation:The child is at the table.

November 16, 2016

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lulubeck

You can actually say "at table" in English, though it is not common. "A child should always say what's true And speak when he is spoken to, And behave mannerly at table; At least as far as he is able." -- R. L. Stevenson

November 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils

So, is the definite article part of "la" here?

November 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Renardo11

No, "la" ist just a preposition ("at"). In this example there is no article in the Rumanian sentence (edit: for masă – Sarywary3 is right saying there is an article for copil); simply the English language requires it (although no concrete or special table is implied).

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/thegathering

It sounds like it's using masă as an adverb, like "the child is at home"

November 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/violeta877655

@thegathering

Is ”at home” an adverb? I always assumed ”home” is a noun.

@JamesT.Wilson

"The child is at a table" is, like Renardo11 said, ”la o masă”.

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
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December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils

Thanks. So, "the child is at a table" would be the same sentence, then, right?

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1918

Idiomatically, I doubt it.

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Renardo11

In this case I would use the indefinite article and say “la o masă”. But I am not a native speaker of Romanian, and I can quote no rule to justify this.

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DeeaSab

You can say ”la o masă” because hypothetical there are more tables and you know he is sitting at a table, but dont know where exactly

November 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dogbustero

How are you learning so many languages at once?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam723451

right. you are so right.

September 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathleen315652

In a previous statement they used 'e' and in this one they used 'este'. Both are correct. Why is that?

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
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e is just the short form of este. It's common in speech.

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathleen315652

Good to know, thanks for clearing that up!

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam723451

yeah

September 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ehsan_Mehmed

La means at and pe means on?

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/szilvia898038

Kind of yes

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam723451

Which level are you on, guys?Because I am on level 6 on Romanian.

September 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Renardo11

The level of each discussant is displayed next to the small Romanian flag (blue-yellow-red) at the right of the name.

By the way, instead of commenting “yeah” (like you did above) you also can simply upvote an answer by clicking on the “up” arrow (on the left of the word “Reply”).

September 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarywary3

The definite article is the UL on copiUL, copil = a child, copiul = the child.

November 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1918

copil = child
un copil = a child
copilul = the child

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dogbustero

We're supposed to say masa (a-circumflex), but they say that the sentence translates to at THE table, masa (a-circumflex) is not a definite article? How does this work?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Renardo11

This has been discussed in many lessons:

Romanian prepositions (except for cu = with) are followed by the indefinite form of the noun (no article), except if the latter is explicitly defined further. So you say la masă (a with breve) but la masa neagră (no breve on masa).

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tyun428535

I thought it said "the child is the table" and I didn't question it

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AutumnAkin1

I thought it was at meal

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1918

In many cultures/languages, their word for "table" is used metaphorically to mean "meal".

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/crbratu

Indeed "copilul este la masă" is used as "the child is having a meal"

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sbbarrett89

I learned Spanish first, so when I first read this in my head I translated la as the- the child is the meal.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam723451

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September 5, 2017
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