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"Do you hear those apples?"

Translation:Hallod azokat az almákat?

November 19, 2016



No, I don't.

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I still don't understand why it's "azokat az almákat" The "azokat az" needs to be explained a bit more.


Azokat - Az because it is those, ok because it is plural, at because it is referring to the object of the sentence (apples). If it were these apples, it would be ezekat. These and those need to match the case of the noun they refer to, which is plural and accusative in this situation.

The standalone az is "the", like "the boy" = "a fiú" except with a z because the next word "almákat" begins with a vowel.

In Hungarian, you need the definite article "the" after the demonstrative pronoun "these" or "those" because you are referring to specific objects, in this case those particular apples.


After two pálinka, yes.


I was under the impression we are learning Hungarian and not abnormal psychology.


Why is the "az" necessary?


Same question from me. :)


For "az" to mean "that" and not "the", one needs to add "a (the)". I'm guessing the pattern repeats itself in the plural.


I suppose those are rather voices inside your head, I'm sorry, Duo...


I think they are saying "Bite me!"


When do you use hallsz and when hallod?


"Hallod" is the definite conjugation. It's used here because the question is about "those" (azokat az) apples, specific apples that are apparently making too much noise. The definite conjugation hasn't been introduced this early in the course, so it was a bit of a curve ball. This is my second time through the course, so I recognize the definite, but even so, I forgot about it and used the indefinite (which is hallasz, by the way - I wrote hallsz, too).


Shouldn't 'Azok az almákot hallotok?' be accepted - never mind the 'usability' of the sentence outside of a fairy tale context?


there are some errors in that sentence, but other than that, yes, azokat az almákat halljátok is acceptable.


Don't you know the fairy tale called "Goldmarie und Pechmarie"? That's the evidence, that apples are able to talk and that it is very important for one to listen to them!


A magyarok termelik, leszedik, megeszik az almát! Én már csak tudom!


What is wrong with 'Te hallod azok almák?' ?


almák has to be in accusative because it's the object of hallod - almákat.


It doesn't make any difference - I got burned with "Te hallod azok almákat?"


It needs to be "azokat az almákat." For some reason the definite article "az" (the) is needed in Magyar even with the demonstrative "azokat" (those). You always end up saying literally "these the apples" or "those the apples" instead of "these apples" or "those apples" like in English.


I just love these discussions. As someone once said here..'Welcome to the pleasure dome ' It is all so delightfully difficult!

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