"Noi nu o cunoaștem pe bunica noastră."

Translation:We do not know our grandmother.

November 30, 2016

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my nightmares from the time I studied Romanian are coming back. This was always the worst part. In conversations we always forgot the 'o's and the 'pe ....' parts.


No need to demotivate us, just suck it up! ;)


Hi Philip, this is a learning community and sharing learning hurdles is welcome. There's no need to be passive-aggressive and rude.


A perfectly correct, common, and literary form is „Noi nu ne cunoaștem bunica”, which is also easier to understand for English speakers. If I am a bastard (no pejorative intended) I will say ”Eu nu îmi cunosc tatăl” (nobody will say ”Eu nu îl cunosc pe tatăl meu”). These sentences have all the elements that appear in their English correspondent, and no more, tho in slightly different order. Yet, the sentence given by Duo is grammatically correct. Mind that the form I gave is not always possible. Or it is possible grammatically, but nobody will use it ever. Here it is possible due to the ”equivalence” ne=noastră, both forms are common, but if the sentence would be ”Noi nu o cunoaștem pe bunica aceea” (referring to an old woman we see on the street), practically nobody will say ”Noi nu cunoaștem acea bunică”, beside of some poetic or literary texts. However, all are correct, and you will be perfectly understood.


well,this is a quite interesting explanation which corresponds to what I was thinking. I will ask my surgeon what he thinks about it. He has studied in Romania and speaks fluent Romanesca. ( he told me not to use "limba romana"


You never say "românescă" (which does not exist) for the language. "româneAscă" is the adjective for something (feminine, o tradiție românească ) which is typical from Romania. For the language you say : vorbesc românește sau franțuzește sau țigănește... (current language) The two other forms are more literary: vorbesc limba română sau vorbesc Romăna...


Can anyone explain why there's an 'o' in the sentence?


The "o" here is the feminine third person singular object pronoun, "her" in English.. It looks like, in order to emphasize the object of the verb in Romanian, they repeat the object, here both as the pronoun "o" and as the noun "pe bunica noastră." We had this earlier when the sentence had both mă and pe mine.. I now know that the answer to my question above is that you need both "o" and "pe bunica noastră."


Thanks for your response. It's so unnatural for me to have things repeated twice :S Very confusing.


Languages differ in what has to be redundant. In the English sentence "These three boys are running.", the plurality of the subject is marked on four of the five words in the sentence!


It's taking me some time to get used to it too.


Lest there still be a little confusion or misapprehension, the o 'her' is not emphatic. It is what Linguists call a pronominal or pronoun trace. Spoken Rumanian increasingly redundantly marks the number, person, and gender of a direct object in a preverbal pronoun even when the noun direct object is present. See my earlier comment about languages differing in what they mark redundantly and what they don.t.

For those confused over the 'pe' -- many languages specially mark direct objects that are human or 'higher animate'. Spanish does this with 'a', so 1. Veo el libro. '[I]:see-1sg the book.' but 2. Veo al hombre. 'I see the man.', and for some Spanish speakers, Veo al oso. 'I see the bear. '


pero en castellano, no es siempre como Ud dice : veo AL hombre es una cosa y veo EL hombre es otra. Yo puedo muy bien decir VEO EL HOMBRE SENTADO EN LA MESA, pero dire VEO AL HOMBRE CORRIENDO EN LA CALLE, aunque muchos dirán VEO EL HOMBRE CORRIENDO EN LA CALLE. Depende mucho de que pais estamos hablando. Yo le estoy hablando de PERU y ECUADOR, aunque mismo entre estos dos vecinos, hay grandes diferencias de vocabulario y de manera de expresarse. MEXICO - COLOMBIA - ARGENTINA - CHILE es otra cosa también.Depende mucho también del grado de instrucción. de quien esta hablando. Ahora,el Rumano, con PE etc. nos esta complicando la vida. Pero es un idioma interesante.


Is ''pe'' really needed in that sentence? The available english translation is ''we do not know our grandmother'' and not '' we do not know about our grandmother''.


I'm a native and yes it is necessary when referring to a human entity. For example, 'Noi nu o cunoaştem pe profesoara noastră' (we do not know our -female- teacher).


If I were to try a colloquial French translation of this sentence, i would say :" nous ne LA connaissons pas A notre grand-mere." and now that I think about it, it makes things easier for me to think that way. When I was a young boy, it was the way we were talking and my mother did not like it at all.


This is absolutely not correct French though ^^' I'm native french and I think this grammatical rule will be hard to process for me too... Very interesting to discover such differences between languages though.


It's definitely unfamiliar to me. I wonder whether it might be characteristic of some particular region of France or of the Francophone world.


Est-ce que c’est un peu comme « demander à qqn»? mais on le dirait pas avec connaître, ça fait bizarre. Pero en español sí es “conocer a alguien,” like in Romanian I’m guessing.


So, the "o" is just there for emphasis and it could be left out of the sentence?


It must be present.

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